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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Edwin Tablet Pilot
Fund Code:777-170

Purpose: The goal of this competitive federal grant program is to pilot the use of tablets during the 2012-2013 school year with Edwin Teaching and Learning, the Department's online system for supporting teaching and learning being developed under our state's Race to the Top grant. Grant winners will be required to report best practices and share professional development materials with the department and other districts considering utilizing tablets for use with Edwin Teaching and Learning.
Priorities: The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps.

The Departments grant programs serve to strengthen school and district capacity by supporting implementation of the Download PDF document Download MS WORD document   Department's District Standards and Indicators and Department Priorities for increasing student performance.

This grant program is also intended to support (where applicable) the five Department Priorities that have been identified for increasing student performance statewide. These priorities include: preparing students for college and career; strengthening curriculum and instruction; improving educator effectiveness; turning around our lowest performing schools; and using data effectively to support student achievement.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support the District Standards and the Department's Priorities (Grant Submission doc 2.). In particular, this grant program may support implementation of the following District Standards: Curriculum and Instruction (aligned, consistently delivered and continuously improving curriculum, sufficient instructional time and strong instructional leadership, and effective instruction) and Human Resources (professional development).

In order to achieve the goal stated above, priorities for this competitive grant are to improve the quality of programs and services by:
  • Implementing technology supported activities that enhance one or more of the quality criteria areas referenced above in the Priorities section.
  • Addressing barriers to the use of technology in the planning and delivery of curriculum.
  • Providing professional development to increase the use of tablets for curriculum and instruction.
  • Capturing professional development and best practices that can be leveraged in other districts assessing the use of tablets.
  • Using Edwin Teaching and Learning to leverage existing or develop new curriculum units.
Competitive priority will be given to applicants that:
  • Have an existing network infrastructure and policies that support the use of tablets. The Department will be reviewing your existing local technology plan.
  • Have shown progress in the three areas required for Eligibility stated below.
In addition, the following will be taken into consideration when decisions are made regarding funding:
  • The Department will strive to achieve diversity of district size and grade levels being served by the educators piloting the use of tablets.
Eligibility: Districts must currently be planning to participate in all of the following during the 2012-13 school year to be eligible for the tablet pilot program:
  • Pilot available Department model curriculum units
  • Participate in the Department's SIF data collection initiative
  • Utilize the Edwin Teaching and Learning tool
Funding: Applicants may apply for up to $40,000 or 100 tablets to subsidize the purchasing of tablets at a maximum of $400 per tablet. Tablets can only be used by educators, not students. If applicant preferred tablets cost more than $400 per device, applicants will need to fund the cost gap.

Pending funding appropriation, up to approximately $98,000 will be available to support the Tablet Pilot for Edwin Teaching and Learning grant.
Fund Use: Funds may only be used to subsidize the purchasing of tablets.

Grant recipients will be responsible for funding all additional activities outlined in the grant, including:
  • Providing professional development in addition to any Edwin Teaching and Learning training offered.
  • Ensuring tablet users have local support for device issues.
  • Coordinating with the Department around the use of model curriculum units.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - September 30, 2012 - Funds must be encumbered before the end date of September 20, 2012
Contacts: Luis Rodriguez (781) 338-3247
Due Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
Proposals must be postmarked and emailed (by 5:00 PM) on the date due.
(See Submission Instructions for more details.)
Grant Submission Due DateWednesday, August 22, 2012
Proposals must be emailed and two hard copies postmarked (by 5:00 PM) on the date due.
(See Submission Instructions for more details.)
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Signed standard contract form and application for program grants
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Signed memorandum of understanding by superintendent or executive director that the district or charter school meets the Eligibility requirements for the 2012-2013 schools year and confirmation that the initiative will address the District Standards and 5 Department priorities
  3. Download MS EXCEL file  Budget and table of targeted schools, and number of educators by subject/grade with whom the tablets will be piloted
  4. Tablet quote from supplier
Submission Instructions:
  • Email one (1) complete set of all required documents to (must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.)
  • Submit two (2) complete sets of all required documents, including original signatures of the Superintendent/Executive Director (or others as indicated) where required. This set must be mailed (postmarked) no later than Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Response will be considered as long as email is received by deadline.

    Mail to:

    Luis Rodriguez
    Office of Digital Learning
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906
    (781) 338-3247
Due Date for Grant Completion Form (If applicant is awarded grant):Friday, September 28, 2012.
Completion forms must be emailed to by 5:00 PM on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Local technology use guide and policies around mobile devices and technology support plan (may reference local technology plan if applicable)
  2. Draft outline for reporting best practices, target model curriculum unit use, use of Edwin Teaching and Learning on tablets vs. laptops, use and value of PD, and/or other relevant topics
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Signed memorandum of agreement by superintendent or executive director that best practices and professional development materials will be shared with ESE by July 2013

Last Updated: August 10, 2012
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