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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Integrated Comprehensive Resources in Schools
Fund Code: 289

Purpose: The purpose of this federally funded continuation grant program is to assist districts with the development and implementation of a transition and sustainability plan for Integrated Comprehensive Resources in Schools (ICRS).
Priorities: Priority will be given to programs that have demonstrated full implementation of their model that includes the following:
  1. Academic Support: includes all resources that support curriculum and instruction, individualized assessment of student skills, and differentiated instruction within core areas of literacy, oral and written language, and mathematics.
  2. Community Partnerships: includes all formal and informal affiliations with state governmental agencies (e.g., Department of Children and Families, Department of Mental Health, and Juvenile Court) and community-based organizations (CBO's); e.g., non-profit charitable agencies, social service programs, recreational and child safety programs, law enforcement, and child health).
  3. Family Engagement: includes all options and opportunities offered by schools to engage parents in their child's learning and social development, to ensure full disclosure of programs, resources, and expectations of school, and to provide differentiated levels of support for families with documented challenges and complexities.
  4. Behavioral Health: includes all formal and informal affiliations with agencies and individuals in the community with expertise in social and emotional learning, individual and group interventions for children, and family support, education, and treatment options.
  5. Human Capital Development: includes all investments in the professional growth and development of school staff including large group trainings, classroom-based demonstrations, co-teaching, mentorships, and enrollment in campus-based coursework and advanced degree programs.
In addition, priority will be given to districts that have a comprehensive plan to sustain the initiatives created under the ICRS grant as well as to districts that have a plan for ensuring that these initiatives are aligned with the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS). For more information on MTSS, see Additional Information section below.
Eligibility: Districts that received funds in fiscal year 2011 from the Department of Children and Families to serve as implementation sites through the ICRS initiative are eligible to apply for this transition year of funding. Collaborative schools will not be eligible to apply in this transition year, but instead the district served is eligible to apply.
Funding: A total of $475,000 is available for this final year of funding. Maximum amounts for which individual districts may apply are as follows:
  • Agawam - $50,000
  • Athol-Royalston - $55,000
  • Attleboro - $50,000
  • Beverly - $60,000
  • Lowell - $55,000
  • New Bedford - $55,000
  • Orange - $50,000
  • West Springfield - $50,000
  • Weymouth - $50,000
Fund Use: Funds must be used for costs associated with implementing the sustainability plan, which may include but not necessarily be limited to costs associated with training, professional development, and technical assistance.

As a part of this, funds may be used for stipends, e.g., for coordination and participation costs associated with implementing the sustainability plan. Funds may not be used to support full-time equivalent (FTE) staff salaries.
Project Duration: Upon approval- 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Anne L. Gilligan
Phone Number: (781) 338-6309
Date Due: Friday, January 20, 2012
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS EXCEL document  Part II Workbook - Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
    (Print and mail with the application all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions below.)
  3. Part III - Required Program Information - (Create Word Document with answers to the following)
    1. Describe your progress in the following areas:
      1. identification of Student Support Teams that provide a continuum of integrated support for children and families,
      2. engagement with local community-based organizations and an interagency coalition management team. Name, agency, and role of team member must be provided,
      3. mechanisms for identifying gaps for children and families on all levels of assessment and intervention,
      4. establishment of relationships with behavioral health providers, include name, agency, and role of collaborator, and
      5. continuum of options available to families along with a relationship with DCF that demonstrates engagement of foster children and families in schools.
    2. Provide your plan for ICRS sustainability. Include the following in the plan, at a minimum:
      • how it addresses the five grant priority areas: Academic Support, Community Partnerships, Family Engagement, Behavioral Health, and Human Capital Development, where appropriate;
      • how the plan aligns with the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support and the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework (see Additional Information section); and
      • information about how the district is matching funds to support this work and how the district will support this work in the future.
      • Lastly, include an assurance statement with the sustainability plan, signed by the Superintendent, confirming district leadership support for the plan.
    3. Evaluation Report of ICRS

*Note: The Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables.

  1. For Microsoft Office 2000/2003, you may need to change the security setting in Excel before opening the file. In Excel, click 'Tools', 'Macro', and then 'Security'. When the dialog box appears, change the security setting to 'Medium' and then click 'OK'. You can now open the budget file.

  2. For Microsoft Office 2007, you must save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).

Additional Information: Massachusetts has developed a blueprint outlining a single system of supports that is responsive to the academic and non-academic needs of all students. This blueprint, the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS), provides a framework for school improvement that focuses on system level change across the classroom, school, and district to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and students who are academically advanced. It guides both the provision of high-quality core educational experiences in a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and academic and/or non-academic targeted interventions/supports for students who experience difficulties and for students who have already demonstrated mastery of the concept and skills being taught. Schools and districts are encouraged to work toward an integrated approach to support students' academic and social-emotional competencies. All students receive academic instruction and behavioral supports that include differentiation and extension activities and are guided by the three Universal Design for Learning principles (multiple means of representation, multiple means of action and expressions, and multiple means of engagement).
  1. View HTML Page For more information on MTSS
  2. View External Link The Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework (BHPS) was designed to increase the capacity of schools to collaborate with behavioral health providers as well as provide supportive school environments that improve educational outcomes for children with behavioral health needs. The Framework addresses areas such as leadership; professional development for school personnel and behavioral health providers; clinically, linguistically, and culturally appropriate behavioral health services; and policies and protocols for referrals.
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent.

Mail to:

Anne Gilligan
Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: January 4, 2012
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