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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Vocational Technical Education Framework Training Program Project
Fund Code: 410

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) 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 state's grant programs serve to strengthen school and district capacity by supporting implementation of ESE's District Standards and Indicators and the state's high priority strategies for increasing student performance.

The five key priorities that ESE has identified for increasing student performance statewide include: preparing students for college and career; strengthening curriculum and instruction; strengthening educator effectiveness; supporting data use to improve policy decisions and student achievement; and turning around our lowest performing schools. The Perkins grant program is intended to support all five (where applicable) by continuously improving career/vocational technical education in Massachusetts.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support ESE's standards and priorities. In particular, the Perkins grant program may support implementation of the following standards: Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment, Professional Development, and Student Support.

Purpose: The Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) will be offering statewide training on the revised draft Vocational Technical Education (VTE) Frameworks Strands 2, 3, and 6, during the 2013 - 2014 school year for all teachers and administrators, in collaboration with a consultant(s). This grant program will be a train-the-trainer program working under the direction of CVTE's consultant(s) and staff to deliver the statewide training on the revised Draft Vocational Technical Education Frameworks, specifically Strands 2, 3, and 6.

Up to two district partnership grants will be awarded to support teams of Chapter 74 vocational technical education professionals who will become trainers. CVTE will create teams for applicable vocational technical program areas, selected from the applicant pool from CVTE Spring/Summer Initiatives Applications. The teams will work under the direction of the CVTE consultant(s), assigned staff, and the Project Administrator(s), to be determined by the CVTE.

CVTE will create teacher teams for each applicable VTE Framework. Preferred composition of each team is 2 VTE teachers and 1 academic teacher. However, team composition may vary dependent upon applicant pool. Teachers/Administrators assigned to teams will be trained as a trainer by CVTE and consultant(s) and will be paid $1,000 for a 5-day commitment. Content PDPs will be awarded by the Project Administrator(s) as determined by CVTE.

The 5-day "Train-the-Trainer" commitment will consist of:
  • 2 days training - dates to be determined, at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School to become a "Train-the-Trainer";
  • 2 days to deliver statewide training in the applicable VTE Framework to VTE teachers/administrators (days to be determined); and
  • 1 day for a Project debrief with CVTE and consultant(s).
Priorities: Funding priorities will be for projects that demonstrate:
  1. Partnerships and collaboration with the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education to support teams to deliver statewide training on the revised draft Vocational Technical Education Frameworks, Strands 2, 3, & 6.
  2. Effective and adequate coordination of teams and resources
  3. Appropriate use of funds.
  4. Project Administrator(s) responsibilities include: budget, awarding content PDPs to participants, regular and consistent monitoring of teams to support project goals. Project Administrator(s) will meet with CVTE staff to discuss project progress.
Eligibility: Districts with five or more Chapter 74 state-approved Vocational Technical Education Programs.
Funding: Total funds available through this grant are $400,000. Eligible districts may submit a proposal for the full grant amount or a district may submit for 50% of the total grant amount. A maximum of two grants may be awarded each for 50% of the total grant amount. Funding is from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV). Award is based on availability of Perkins funding.
Fund Use: Funds must be used in accordance with this RFP, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270 and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual.

Allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: (1) stipends for "Train-the-Trainer teacher teams; (2) stipends for educators who participate in the statewide training ($200 for 2-day participation in training); (3) project materials; (4) stipends for the Project Administrator(s) and clerical support; and (5) travel.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8 /31/2014
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Margie Roberts mroberts@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3951
Date Due: Friday, July 12, 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
Submission InstructionsSubmit three (3) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:
Margie Roberts
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


It is recommended that if the proposal is hand delivered, a time stamped receipt be obtained.


Last Updated: June 21, 2013
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