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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Massachusetts Early Literacy Intervention Program
Fund Code: 574

Purpose: This state-funded competitive grant program provides funds to support ongoing professional development for Reading Recovery, an early intervention individual tutorial literacy program, designed as a short-term intervention program for children who are at-risk of failing to read in first grade.

One of the recent efforts at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is to better coordinate activities across the Department. The Department's District Standards and Indicators define what an effective school district looks like and serves as the basis of the state's district accountability review process. Details on the standards are posted at District Standards & Indicators.

Applicants should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support these standards and priorities. Grant applications will be reviewed in part on the basis of how likely the respondent's implementation plans are to result in improvements in these areas. This grant program supports implementation of the following district standards and indicators:
District StandardsIndicators
Curriculum and InstructionAligned, Consistently Delivered Curriculum; and Strong Instructional Leadership
AssessmentData-Based Decision Making
Human Resources and Professional DevelopmentProfessional Development
Priorities: Research demonstrates that the vast majority of students can learn to read and write through effective classroom instruction. Some students, however, may require short-term individualized early intervention. This grant program encourages districts to propose the following:

Support Reading Recovery, an early intervention individual tutorial literacy program that provides short-term intervention for students who are at risk of failing to learn to read by the end of first grade. This program should include:
  1. a process for identifying students most in need of additional literacy support by mid-first grade;
  2. program teachers who receive ongoing professional development support in early literacy intervention; and
  3. ongoing documentation and evaluation of results, including subsequent referral to special education, retention, or long-term reading services.

The grant program encourages collaboratives along with school districts that are Reading Recovery training sites to propose the following:

Support a Reading Recovery regional training site for the ongoing professional development of teachers who can provide short-term individual tutorial early intervention literacy programs. This regional training site should include long-term university-based ongoing professional development for future teacher trainers that:
  1. requires teacher trainers to participate in concurrent training and implementation of the tutorial;
  2. has ongoing professional development curriculum centering on theory of literacy acquisition, teaching practice, and leadership; and
  3. results in a regional training site that coordinates data collection and reports program results in an annual report.
Eligibility: Only Reading Recovery training sites are eligible to apply. Initial training of Reading Recovery teachers is being supported by an i3 federal grant this year.
Funding: Approximately $400,000 is available, pending state appropriation of the funds.
Fund Use: Funds for the support of regional training sites must be used for professional development of Reading Recovery teachers. Funds are intended to be used for training, continuing contact, and related expenses. Regional training sites may also request funds for professional development for Teacher Leaders, Teacher Leader affiliation fees, and Teacher Leader institute travel costs. If funds applied for are to be used for the training of a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader, an application must be on file with the Massachusetts Teacher Leader Training Site prior to submitting a grant proposal. This application is available by calling (6l7) 349-8165.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2013
Program Unit: Office of Literacy and Humanities
Contact: Dorothy Earle (781) 338-6265
Date Due: Thursday, August 30, 2012

Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download MS EXCEL file  Parts I and II - Standard Contract and Application for Program Grants, and Massachusetts Early Literacy Intervention Program Electronic Workbook
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Additional Information:
Submission Instructions: Applicants must:
  1. Email the workbook, the workbook, application, and related documents to reading@doe.mass.edu.
  2. Mail two (2) copies of the Parts I and II - Standard Contract and Application for Program Grants, and Massachusetts Early Literacy Intervention Program Electronic Workbook budget pages.
Mail to:

Alexia Cribbs
Office of Literacy and Humanities
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148


Last Updated: July 18, 2012
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