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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

ARRA Title II-D Technology Professional Development Grants: Enhancing and Delivering Online Professional Development Courses Round 3
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 5-month federal grant program is to enhance and deliver an online professional development course on persuasive writing designed, developed, and piloted through a Round 1 grant. The enhancement and course revision will include adapting the program evaluator's recommendations and the Department's content specialists' feedback. After finalizing the course, the new grant recipient will work with the Department and the Western Massachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst to deliver the course in the summer of 2012 as an online professional development institute to assist teachers in closing the achievement gap in their schools and improving student learning. (See Attachment A for detailed descriptions of the course.)
Priorities: Priority will be given to a high-need school district (or a partnership with at least one high-need school district) that demonstrates a commitment to working with the Department and its partner(s) to enhance and deliver the course based on the suggestions and comments by the evaluator and the Department's content specialists.
Eligibility:
  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. The grant recipient must include private school teachers who meet the criteria to participate.
Funding:
  1. $35,000 is available for this program.
  2. 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, the Western Massachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst, and the Department to enhance the course.
  2. The lead district must administer and deliver the course in partnership with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst.
  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 the Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP) at UMass Amherst to enhance the courses;
  2. Stipends for local educators and/or appropriate organizations to assist with the enhancement and revision of course materials;
  3. A contract with the Western Massachusetts Writing Project at UMass Amherst to deliver the course; and
  4. Project coordination and materials.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2012
Program Unit: Instructional Technology
Contact: Susan Hargrave shargrave@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6844
Date Due: Friday, March 9, 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.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Budget Narrative Form (or your own narrative explaining each expenditure)
  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
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, March 9, 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, March 9, 2012.



Last Updated: February 23, 2012
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