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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Wraparound Zone Initiative
Fund Code: 209

Purpose: Many students face barriers to academic learning, particularly in underperforming schools. Often these students come to school challenged by social, emotional and health issues that impair their ability to focus on academics. Without the necessary supports needed to address the challenges they face, many will struggle to succeed.

The federally-funded Wraparound Zone Initiative seeks to develop district and school capacity to systematically address students' non-academic barriers to learning. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the systems of support required to meet students' social, emotional and physical health needs. This is done, in part, by improving collaboration between district and school administrators/teachers and community-based partners in order to foster positive school climates and connect students with resources and opportunities that have a positive impact on their ability to engage in school and succeed academically.
Priorities: The Wraparound Zone Initiative is intended to strengthen district systems of support to systematically address students' non-academic barriers to learning.

While each participating district may implement the Initiative differently based on the range of student needs and community assets, the district must ensure that the following four Wraparound Zone Functions will be performed:
  1. Each participating school creates a climate and culture that promotes positive social, emotional, physical and intellectual health and growth for students, resulting in a new standard of practice understood and practiced by every member of the school community;
  2. Each participating school implements a proactive system that identifies student needs in key academic and non-academic areas, and connects them to both universal supports and targeted interventions;
  3. Each participating district integrates a range of resources from both within the schools and the larger community to form a robust coalition of organizations and agencies that convenes on a regular basis. The range of services includes prevention, enrichment, early intervention, and intensive/crisis response services; and
  4. Each participating district develops district-level systems to support the communication, collaboration, evaluation & continuous improvement of the Wraparound Zone Initiative.
Priority will be given to districts that:
  • Demonstrate a track record of district and school leadership building linkages between student social, emotional, and physical well-being and academic learning through professional development and strong partnerships with community-based organizations;
  • Propose and commit to a comprehensive model that beginning in the 2012-2013 school year (FY2013) will perform the four Wraparound Zone functions outlined above;
  • Provide evidence of existing capacity to perform the Wraparound Zone functions outlined above or identify partner organization(s) with a proven track record to assist in design and implementation;
  • Outline a Wraparound Zone implementation approach that builds broad-based support within each school and at the district level so that the Initiative is clearly integrated into priority school and district work and is not marginalized to and/or viewed only as the work of staff identified as Wraparound Zone coordinators.
  • Propose a model of service delivery that promotes sustainability (beyond the remaining two years of the grant) of the Wraparound Zone functions by building new systems for permanent integration between districts, schools, and key service providers that embed wraparound practices in the ongoing work of the district and schools.
Eligibility: Commissioner's Districts, Level 3 Districts and Level 2 Districts are eligible to apply for funding in FY2013. Applicant districts must identify 2-5 schools that will be involved in developing and piloting the Wraparound Zone Initiative. The Department is particularly interested in applicants proposing a K-12 feeder pattern or cohesive subset of schools (e.g., geographic neighborhood or quadrant).
Funding: In FY2013, up to three new districts will be selected to implement the Wraparound Zone Initiative in 2-5 schools. The district will be selected based on a three-step selection process:
  • Initial proposal submission due at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012
  • Interview site visit conducted between April 16-27, 2012
  • Implementation plan submission due by Friday, June 29, 2012.
The Department will award the selected district with $16,000 per school, per year* and will also pay for monthly technical assistance from the School & Main Institute. The district must commit the remaining funds required to support the work of the Initiative using Race to the Top dollars, School Turnaround Funds and/or another local funding source. A general guideline for this additional cost is $99,000 per school, per year, though compelling proposals to spend less than this amount will be considered.

Review of applications for RTTT funds for FY2013 through FY2014 will be coordinated with review of applications submitted through this Wraparound Zone RFP to ensure that districts have targeted sufficient funds to cover the costs of implementing a Wraparound Zone model.

*Pending grantee requirements being met, that district will be supported to continue and enhance the initiative in FY2014.
Fund Use: Funds for the Wraparound Zone Initiative can be used for:
  • Wraparound Zone Coordinator salary and/or benefits
  • Substitutes
  • Stipends for meetings and/or professional development
  • Contracted partners (consultants, specialists, etc.)
  • Professional development
  • Development of systems that support student/family needs assessment, resource referral, and information management
  • Travel
Funds cannot be used to pay for direct services to students or their families (e.g., counseling services, mental health services).
Project Duration: 7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013**

**Pending continued availability of Race to the Top funding, and all grantee requirements being met, the awarded grantee can apply for continuation funding for one consecutive fiscal year (FY2014).
Program Unit: Office of District and School Turnaround
Contact: Rebecca Shor email address: rshor@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3559
Date Due: The initial proposal is due at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13, 2012.

If selected, a detailed implementation plan is due at 12:00pm on Friday, June 29, 2012.

Proposals must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on the respective due dates.
Required Forms: Due Friday, April 13, 2012:
  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
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part IV - Assurances and Waivers
Please also include contact information for the district's point of contact for this initiative.

Districts selected to participate in the Initiative must also submit an implementation plan by Friday, June 29, 2012. The template for the plan will be shared on or around the beginning of May 2012.

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.
Additional Information:
  • Download PDF document Download PPS Document  Appendix A - Wraparound Zone PowerPoint Presentation
  • Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Appendix B - Grant Scoring Rubric
Submission Instructions: Please submit three (3) sets of Parts I, II, III and IV, at least one of which has an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director, and is clearly marked "ORIGINAL" via postal mail to:

Janet Pineault
Center for Targeted Assistance
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


In addition, please email Parts II and III to rshor@doe.mass.edu.

Both the hard copy and email submissions must be received at the Department by Friday, April 13, 2012 at 12:00pm.


Last Updated: March 12, 2012
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