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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Title II, Part A: Improving Educator Quality State Grants
Fund Code: 140

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to increase student achievement through comprehensive district initiatives that focus on the preparation, training, recruitment, and retention of effective educators. The goal is to improve the overall effectiveness of all educators, making those activities that focus on educator effectiveness a high priority.
Priorities: After conducting a needs assessment, districts may implement activities that have been based on a review of scientifically based research and address their needs in the areas of professional development, recruitment, preparation, and support, including:
  1. Providing high-quality professional development activities that are aligned with the federal definition and that improve the content knowledge and instructional practices of teachers, principals, and, where appropriate, paraprofessionals. These activities should be a part of the district's professional development plan. Activities may include:
    1. developing and providing professional development about the educator evaluation system;
    2. offering professional development activities to help teachers, administrators, and/or paraprofessionals improve pedagogy, content knowledge, their understanding and implementation of the state curriculum frameworks (Common Core Standards), and their skills in working with diverse student populations, including English language learners;
    3. developing and implementing innovative professional development programs/activities that help teachers and administrators integrate technology into curricula and instruction to improve teaching, learning, and technology literacy;
    4. offering professional development for administrators, including principals and superintendents, as part of the larger district professional development plan.
  2. Developing and implementing initiatives to assist in the recruitment and retention of effective teachers and administrators, particularly in schools with a high percentage of students at risk for not meeting academic standards. Activities may include*:
    1. developing and implementing induction programs, including mentoring programs for teachers and administrators, that are aligned with the Massachusetts Induction standards and guidelines;
    2. offering monetary incentives such as scholarships, signing bonuses, or differential pay for educators in high need schools or core educator shortage areas such as mathematics, science, special foreign languages, and English language learners education*;
    3. implementing and supporting programs and activities related to the recognition of exemplary teachers, such as supporting individuals who are seeking National Board for Teaching Standards certification to help subsidize the application costs;
    4. hiring highly qualified teachers - including retired teachers in accordance with Massachusetts statute - to reduce class size. Federal guidance has stated that districts can use funds only to pay teacher salaries for new teachers or teachers hired under the former federal Class-Size Reduction program who meet the highly qualified teacher requirements for class-size reduction purposes. Funds may not be used for tutors/aides for salaries and stipends of paraprofessionals.
  3. Establishing training and preparation initiatives that increase the number of effective teachers and administrators who are outstanding instructional leaders and managers. Activities may include:
    1. supporting aspiring administrators through approved, district-based administrator preparation programs that are aligned with the Massachusetts licensure regulations;
    2. developing district-based teacher preparation programs for the Initial and Professional licenses that meet the Massachusetts licensure regulations;
    3. recruiting and selecting qualified individuals, including paraprofessionals, to participate in approved district-based preparation programs.
*Programs that provide teachers and principals with merit pay, pay differential, and/or monetary bonuses should be linked to measureable increases in student achievement produced by the efforts of that teacher or principal.

The Title II, Part A grant program may be used in support of the following district standards, indicators, and state priorities:
IndicatorsDistrict Standards
Effective District and School LeadershipLeadership and Governance
District and School Improvement Planning
Aligned, Consistently Delivered, and Continuously Improving CurriculumCurriculum and Instruction
Strong Instructional Leadership and Effective Instruction
Staff Recruitment, Selection, AssignmentHuman Resources & Professional Development
Supervision and Evaluation
Professional Development

State Priorities

Prepare students for college and careers
Strengthen curriculum and instruction
Improve educator effectiveness
Turn around the lowest performing schools
Use data effectively to support student achievement
Eligibility: Funds are awarded by formula to each school district. Subject to appropriation, districts will receive the amount they received for the 2001-2002 school year for the Eisenhower and federal Class-Size Reduction programs. Remaining funds are allocated based 20% on population (ages 5 to 17) and 80% on poverty. Census data is the source of this information. Grants are awarded to local school districts after state review and approval of application.
Funding: Title II, Part A allocations will be posted on the Grants Management website when they become available.
Fund Use: A school district may use funds for training, recruiting, and retaining high-quality educators, including teachers, administrators, and paraprofessionals. Funds must supplement, and not supplant, non-federal funds that would otherwise be used for activities authorized under this subpart.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 6/30/2014
Submission Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013
Program Unit: Educator Policy, Preparation and Leadership
Contact: or 781-338-3292
Required Forms: 2013-2014 (FY14) Grant Application Materials
Additional Information: For FY14, Title II, Part A (fund code 140) and Title I, Part A (fund code 305) applications are combined in one Microsoft Excel application workbook.

Budget detail and description of line item information

Note: Districts can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval. Therefore, it is important to have district contact staff who can be reached in July and August to respond to questions in a timely manner, as needed.

The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires the equitable participation of students and educators in non-public non-profit schools for federally funded programs and services. The public school district is required to have "timely and meaningful consultation" with non-public school officials regarding the participating of non-public school students and educators in ESEA funded programs and services. Please see the Federal Non-Regulatory Guidance on Equitable Services for Private Schools.
Submission Instructions:
  1. Mail two signed copies of the Cover Sheet with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director to:

    Melissa T. Williams
    School Improvement Grant Programs
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 01248-4906

  2. Upload one copy of the FY14 Title IIA and Title I Application workbook to the ESE Security Portal. The destination folder is entitled Title I and Title IIA Grants, located in Drop Box Central.

Last Updated: July 11, 2013
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