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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:
  1. Be evidence-based.
  2. Align with effective practices, such as:
    1. using technology to support student performance;
    2. strengthening curriculum and instruction;
    3. improving educator effectiveness;
    4. data-based decision making.
  3. Align with school-and district-wide initiatives and programs such as:
    1. college/career initiatives (e.g., Connecting Activities, the Massachusetts Model for School Counseling, MassGrad, etc.);
    2. Tiered System of Supports;
    3. STEM initiatives;
    4. wraparound zones.
  4. Leverage whole-school and community resources such as:
    1. students and families;
    2. state agencies;
    3. non-profit and cultural organizations;
    4. Institutions of Higher Education;
    5. local businesses, Workforce Investment Boards, Chambers of Commerce.
Proposals for planning should be organized in the form of an explicit theory of action, detailing:
  1. the rationale and goals for planning;
  2. the titles and roles of personnel who will be involved; and
  3. anticipated use of the resulting action plan to develop new programs, policies, practices, and/or procedures.
Proposals for development of programs, policies, practices, and/or procedures should be organized in the form of an explicit theory of action, detailing:
  1. the rationale and goals for the initiative;
  2. the titles and roles of personnel who will be involved;
  3. an action plan; and
  4. 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:
  • Computer software
  • Consultant fees
  • In-state travel
  • Instructional materials or supplies
  • Membership and subscriptions
  • MTRS/Fringe (related to stipends only)
  • Printing and reproduction
  • Stipends
  • Substitutes
Funds may not be used at any time for:
  • 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 agreen@doe.mass.edu
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:
  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 (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Additional Information:
  • Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  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.

Mail to:

Grace Willis
Special Education Planning & Policy Development
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: November 19, 2013
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