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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

Adult Basic Education Integrated Distance Learning Option
Fund Code: 669-B

Purpose: The purpose of this federally funded Adult Basic Education Integrated Distance Learning (DL) Option grant program is to:
  1. increase access to educational services by enrolling adult learners who are not currently enrolled in ABE/ESOL classes at the learning center in the online instructional services at one of two Adult Basic Learning Distance Learning
  2. increase instructional intensity for students who are currently enrolled in Community Adult Learning Center classes (dual enrollment as defined in the Download MS WORD document  Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs);
  3. increase adult learners' technology skills by providing opportunities to study online; and,
  4. build capacity among the network of funded ABE/ESOL providers to deliver distance learning across the Commonwealth.
Priorities: Priorities are to support programs that propose a design that:
  1. supports a model that blends online with face-to-face support and classroom instruction for students currently enrolled in classes;
  2. supports a model that blends online with face-to-face support for students only enrolled in a distance learning program;
  3. draws on the resources of the adult learning center to integrate distance learning into the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program; and
  4. incorporates the available research.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are currently funded recipients that have demonstrated satisfactory performance.
Funding: Download PDF Document Download MS EXCEL file  See Table 1 - Funding Allocations (Subject to appropriation of adequate federal and state funds.)
Fund Use: Funds must be used for ABE services that are designed in accordance with the Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs(2010 revision). Program design must be informed by the DL research report and handbooks developed by the University of Massachusetts Boston's Center for Social Policy, June 2009. (See Additional Information section.)

In lieu of a matching funds requirement, applying agencies will be expected to integrate fully the distance learning students and the DL project into the existing ABE/ESOL program.
Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services
Project Duration: 9/1/2011- 8/31/2012
(Subject to appropriation of adequate federal and state funds.)
Contact: Jolanta Conwayjconway@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3853
Date Due: Tuesday, August 2, 2011.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 4:00 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, including the amount requested.
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
  3. Budget Narrative (Narrative designed by applicants.)
  4. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  Part III - Required Program Information
  5. Download MS WORD document Download PDF Document  Statement of Assurances - please note that three signatures are required
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF Document  Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs
  2. Massachusetts Adult Basic Education and ESOL Distance Learning Programs: How to Assess Student Readiness for Distance Learning
  3. Distance Learning handbooks developed by the UMass Boston Center for Social Policy, June 2009:
    • Download PDF Document  Handbook of Screening for Online ESOL Programs
    • Download PDF Document  Handbook of Support for Online ESOL Programs
    • Download PDF Document  Handbook of Screening for Online GED Programs
    • Download PDF Document  Handbook of Support for Online GED Programs
Note:Due to pending changes in the ESE Grants Management system, applicants may have to resubmit these and other pages in a new online form. In that case, ESE will provide training to successful applicants on the resubmission process.
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature in blue ink of the Superintendent/ Executive Director/President.

Mail to:

Lorraine Domigan
Office Manager
Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street 3rdFloor
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: April 21, 2011
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