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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2012

ARRA Title IID Professional Development Grants
Fund Code: 777-D

ARRA Purpose: The overall purposes of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) federal grant programs are to fund activities that will advance ARRA's short-term economic goals by investing to save and create jobs and to fund activities that support ARRA's long-term economic goals by investing wisely and funding activities designed to strengthen education, drive reforms, and improve results for students.

ARRA Reporting Requirements: To ensure transparency and accountability, school districts will be expected to report on how the ARRA funds are being spent and the results of the expenditures. Districts must maintain accurate, complete, and reliable documentation on all of the ARRA expenditures and be prepared to submit required quarterly reports to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Purpose: The purpose of this 6-month federal grant program is to enhance and deliver the 4 online professional development courses designed, developed, and piloted by Round 1 grant recipients (courses on engineering, writing, adolescent literacy, and history). The enhancement and course revision include adapting the program evaluator's recommendations and the Department's content specialists' feedback. After finalizing the courses, the new grant recipients will work with the Department to deliver the courses in the summer of 2012 as online professional development institutes to assist teachers in closing the achievement gap in their schools and improving student learning. (See Attachment A for detailed descriptions of the courses.)
Priorities: Priority will be given to high-need school districts that demonstrate commitment to working with the Department and its partner(s) to enhance and deliver the courses based on the suggestions and comments by the evaluator and Department's content specialists. Priority will also be given to Round 1 grant recipients who demonstrate this commitment.
  1. Proposals must be submitted by a high need school district or a district partnering with a high need district that has been identified by the Department in the ARRA Title II-D High-Need Districts list.
  2. To be eligible for funding, participating school districts must have received a letter from the Department approving their technology plans through June 30, 2012.
  3. Grant recipients must include private school teachers who meet the criteria to participate.
  1. Approximately $110,000 will be available for this program. The Department anticipates it will fund 4 online courses.
  2. See Attachment A for the proposed grant size for each course. Proposals should not exceed the amount stated for each course and all proposed budgets are subject to negotiation.
The Department reserves the right to cancel an institute that has enrolled fewer than 15 participants 2 weeks prior to its start date and to discontinue the remainder of the grant funding.
Fund Use: The project parameters include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. The lead district must form a collaborative partnership with WGBH Educational Foundation, appropriate organizations, and the Department to enhance the course. (However, if the Round 2 grant recipient was also the Round 1 grant recipient that developed the course, it may continue to work with the original organizations.)
  2. The lead district must administer and deliver the course either through a partnership with the Round 1 grant recipient that originally developed the course and appropriate organizations.
  3. The lead district and its partnering district(s) may form a team of at least 10 educators to participate in the professional development.
Allowable expenditures include:
  1. Contracts with WGBH Educational Foundation and appropriate organizations to enhance the courses;
  2. Stipends for local educators and/or appropriate organizations to assist with the enhancement and revision of course materials;
  3. Contracts with service providers and/or instructors to deliver the course; and
  4. Project coordination and materials.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Instructional Technology
Contact: Susan Hargrave/Ebonique Faria
email addresses:;
Phone Number: (781) 338-6866/(781)338-6866
Date Due: Friday, January 27, 2012

Competitive 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 file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Budget Narrative Form
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Form A - Contact Information Page
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Statement of Assurances
  7. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Certification Form
Additional Information: Prior to developing proposals for this program, districts should refer to the following items:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Attachment A: Online Professional Development Course Description
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Scoring Rubric
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Directions on Security Portal Access and Uploading of Files
  4. Technical Assistance: The Department will hold a webinar on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. If you are interested in participating, please contact Ebonique Faria at or at 781-338-6866.
Submission Instructions:
  1. Submission of Part I and Statement of Assurances:
    Submit Part I (signature page) and the Statement of Assurances with original signatures of the Superintendent/Executive Director via postal mail.

    Mail to:
    Susan Hargrave
    Instructional Technology
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906
    These documents must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012.
  2. Submission of Part II and Part III:
    Part II - Budget Detail pages, Budget Narrative Form, Form A - Contact Information Page, and Part III - Required Program Information, must be submitted by uploading the files to the Department's Security Portal, Drop-box Central, and Title IID Drop Box. (For directions on Security Portal access and uploading of files, see the link in Additional Information above.) All files must be uploaded by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012.

Last Updated: March 6, 2012
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