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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

PK-12 Literacy Professional Development Partnerships
Fund Code: 738

Purpose: The purpose of the state-funded PK-12 Literacy Professional Development (PD) Partnerships continuation grant is to support professional development in critical PK-12 literacy issues. The grant will fund partnerships between eligible districts or groups of districts and institutions of higher education or other providers with demonstrated expertise in literacy.

The Department encourages PK-12 literacy professional development partnership proposals from a wide variety of partners that will work with elementary, middle, and/or high schools across the Commonwealth. Funds will be awarded to partnerships that support the implementation of effective, research-based instructional practices designed to increase the numbers and percentages of students who achieve proficiency in literacy. Proposed strategies must be clearly related to the district's literacy plan or to the plans of multiple districts to close specified literacy achievement gaps.
Priorities: Program priorities support the implementation of effective research-based literacy strategies that will improve student achievement in literacy and narrow the proficiency gap PK-12. Strategies must be associated specifically with the district's literacy plan with respect to a continuum of curriculum delivery and support for educators as they implement core and intervention instructional approaches intended to meet the needs of all students. The Department invites proposals that address professional development related to research-based PK-12 instructional practices and are aligned with the standards of the 2011Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy. Proposals that target language and literacy instruction for English learners and interventions for struggling readers (PK-12) as well as those that advance the integration of literacy skills and content knowledge are encouraged.

Priority strategies for PD must be linked directly to the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English Language Arts and Literacy and the district's literacy plan (or literacy plans). Priorities include:
  1. Teaching close reading of grade-level complex informational and literary texts;
  2. Providing tiered systems of curriculum delivery including the use of data to inform instruction, core and intervention instruction, and enhancements to core instruction;
  3. Embedding language and literacy skills in content learning with a focus on vocabulary instruction including oral language development for English language learners and reading comprehension in science, history/social science, the arts, and health;
  4. Teaching writing of arguments and explanations; and
  5. Developing literacy plans at the district and school level to encourage the strategic use of literacy resources to help all students become proficient readers and writers.
Eligibility: This is a continuation grant for school districts that received Fund Code: 738 PK-12 Literacy Professional Development Partnerships grants during FY2010 and FY2011. Collaboratives may apply on behalf of districts (see Funding below). See the list of eligible districts in Additional Information.
Funding: Approximately $2,508,975 is available for FY2012. See the list of eligible districts in Additional Information for funding amounts. A district or collaborative may propose multiple partnerships in one grant application. A separate budget must be included for each partnership; one set of combined budget pages should be submitted for the district or collaborative that will be the lead agency.

There are three funding options:
  1. a district may apply for one or more partnerships;
  2. a district may serve as a lead agency for a consortium of districts. There must be one narrative (Part IV), a Schedule C Form, and one combined Part II budget detail that represents all partnerships. In addition, each district in the partnership must provide individual assurances and individual Part II budget detail information; and
  3. a collaborative may apply on behalf of districts. There must be one narrative (Part IV), a Schedule C Form, and one combined Part II budget detail for each partnership. In addition, each district the collaborative is working with must provide individual assurances and individual district Part II budget detail information.
Number of Students Per DistrictMaximum Amount/District
Up to 1,000(19 eligible districts) $9,000
1,001 to 2,000(23 eligible districts) $13,000
2,001- 4,500(35 eligible districts) $23,000
4,501 - 10,000(26 eligible districts) $33,000
10,001 - 20,000(5 eligible districts) $43,000
Greater than 20,001(3 eligible districts) $53,500
Fund Use:
  1. providing effective PD for PK-12 teachers consistent with funding priority strategies;
  2. purchasing high-quality informational and literary texts for school and classroom libraries, other curriculum and assessment materials associated with the implemented practice related to the identified critical issue, and related professional development;
  3. participating in the grant evaluation to be conducted by the UMass Donahue Institute; and
  4. other related items (for example, partial salary of interventionists related to the implemented recommended practice).
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2012 Literacy Professional Development Grants are multi-year to encourage long-range planning and implementation of grant activities. FY2012 applicants will have the potential to receive funds for one year, pending state appropriations and successful achievement of annual partnership goals. FY2012 is the final year of this 3-year grant program.
Program Unit: Office of Literacy
Contact: Dorothy Earledearle@doe.mass.edu
Phone: (781) 338-6265
Due Date: Applications may be submitted on a rolling submission basis (before or after the due date). However, to ensure payment early in the 2011-2012 school year, we recommend that districts submit this proposal no later than Thursday, September 15, 2011.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF Document Download MS WO738RD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) -Instructions
  3. Download PDF Document Download MS WO738RD Document  Part III - Required Program Information (Narrative) and Instructions
  4. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  PART IV - Assurance from Participating School District(s)
  5. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  PART V - Assurance from Participating School(s)
  6. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  PART VI - Assurance from Participating Partner
  7. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD Document  Schedule C Form (applicable only if two or more districts are submitting together)
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document  PART VII - School District Eligibility
  2. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document   PART VIII - Review Sheet for Evaluating Proposals
  3. Download PDF Document Download MS WORD document   Submission Checklist (for district use prior to submission)
Submission Instructions: Applicants must:
  1. Email the Part II Budget Detail pages, Part III Required Program Information (Narrative), and the district literacy plan toreading@doe.mass.edu.
  2. Mail two (2) hard copies, each with original signatures, of the signed cover page (Part I), Part II Budget Detail pages, Schedule C (if applicable), Part III Required Program Information (Narrative), and all related Assurances documents to Alexia Cribbs. Mail to:
Alexia Cribbs
Office of Literacy and Humanities
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

For questions regarding submission, please contact Alexia Cribbs at 781-338-3581.


Last Updated: July 13, 2011
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