Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014
Planning or Development of Best Practices in Transition Assessment or Student Self-Determination
Fund Code: 243
|Purpose: ||The purpose of this grant program is to extend strategic planning begun at the April 24, 2013 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Secondary Transition Capacity-Building Conference in Marlborough, MA, by supporting the planning or development of whole-school/whole-district best practices in the areas of Transition Assessment or Self-Determination for students with disabilities, aged 14-22. |
|Priorities: ||Applicants should choose either Transition Assessment or Student Self-Determination and present an integrated whole-school/whole-district, evidence-based approach to either (1) planning or (2) development of programs, policies, practices, and/or procedures to promote positive postsecondary outcomes for students with disabilities aged 14-22.
The choice of planning or development is at the discretion of each applicant and will depend upon the current status of each applicant's secondary transition improvement activities.
|Eligibility: ||Eligible applicants are those public school districts, collaboratives, vocational-technical schools, and approved special education private schools that were accepted by the DESE to attend the April 24, 2013 DESE Secondary Transition Capacity-Building Conference in Marlborough, MA. [See Appendix A for a list of eligible applicants.]
Proposals must be organized in the form of an explicit theory of action, drawing a clear connection between district/school needs as described in each district/school's previously submitted District/School Secondary Transition Needs Assessment for the April 2013 Secondary Transition Capacity-Building Conference and either planning or development, and projected outcomes.
Plans or programs to be developed should:
Proposals for planning should be organized in the form of an explicit theory of action, detailing:
- Be evidence-based.
- Align with effective practices, such as:
- using technology to support student performance;
- strengthening curriculum and instruction;
- improving educator effectiveness;
- data-based decision making.
- Align with school-and district-wide initiatives and programs such as:
- college/career initiatives (e.g., Connecting Activities, the Massachusetts Model for School Counseling, MassGrad, etc.);
- Tiered System of Supports;
- STEM initiatives;
- wraparound zones.
- Leverage whole-school and community resources such as:
- students and families;
- state agencies;
- non-profit and cultural organizations;
- Institutions of Higher Education;
- local businesses, Workforce Investment Boards, Chambers of Commerce.
Proposals for development of programs, policies, practices, and/or procedures should be organized in the form of an explicit theory of action, detailing:
- the rationale and goals for planning;
- the titles and roles of personnel who will be involved; and
- anticipated use of the resulting action plan to develop new programs, policies, practices, and/or procedures.
- the rationale and goals for the initiative;
- the titles and roles of personnel who will be involved;
- an action plan; and
- how the effectiveness of the initiative will be evaluated, sustained, and improved over time.
| Funding: ||Upon Approval - 6/30/2014
A total of $265,000 is available, subject to federal appropriation.
Grants will range from $1,500 to $6,000 and will be awarded based on the quality of the proposal and the number of students with IEPs, aged 14-22, during the 2013-2014 school year.
See Appendix A for funding amounts.
| Fund Use: ||Funds may be used for:
Funds may not be used at any time for:
- Computer software
- Consultant fees
- In-state travel
- Instructional materials or supplies
- Membership and subscriptions
- MTRS/Fringe (related to stipends only)
- Printing and reproduction
- Computer hardware
- Conference registration
- Indirect costs
- Out-of-state travel
- Staff salaries
- Food or refreshments
|Project Duration: ||Upon Approval - 6/30/2014 |
|Program Unit: ||Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office |
|Contact: ||Amanda Green firstname.lastname@example.org |
|Phone Number: ||(781) 338-3368 |
|Date Due: ||Tuesday, December 31, 2013|
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
|Required Forms: ||
- Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
- Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
- Part III - Required Program Information
|Additional Information: ||
- Appendix A - Eligible District/School Names and Grant Amounts
" Useful resource: National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC), www.nsttac.org.
|Submission Instructions: ||Submit two (2) hard-copy sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director. |
Special Education Planning & Policy Development
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906