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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Vocational Technical Education Framework Strands 1, 4, and 5 Program Project
Fund Code: 419

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 purpose of the Vocational Technical Education Strands 1, 4, and 5 Program Project is to revise the Vocational Education Framework Strands 1, 4, and 5.

This project will be accomplished through the creation of three Strand Teams;

Strand 1: Safety & Health Knowledge and Skills; Strand 4: Employability Knowledge and Skills; and Strand 5: Management & Entrepreneurship Knowledge and Skills, respectively. Each team may be comprised of 6 to 10 teachers, counselors, and/or administrators.

Strand 1 Team: With the recent VTE Framework Revision Project 2012, the VTE (program specific) safety knowledge and skills were included in Strand 2, therefore this team will revise Strand 1 to reflect the safety and health knowledge and skills that all students need to acquire. The team will include relevant issues (i.e., bullying, climate), laws, regulations, guidelines, and policies pertaining to safety.

Strand 4 Team: With the recent VTE Framework Revision Project 2012, the VTE (program specific) Employability Knowledge and Skills were included in Strand 2, therefore this team will revise Strand 4 to reflect the Career Readiness knowledge and skills that all students need to acquire. Teams will consider current research on career readiness, including the work/publications of the College Career Readiness Task Force convened by ESE, changes in workplace, including technological changes that impact how people perform their work (i.e., communications methods), and include standards that emphasize the need for lifelong learning and adaptability given the multiple career changes over an individual's working life. The team will consider renaming this strand to: Career Readiness and solicit feedback from the vocational technical education community.

Strand 5 Team: With the recent VTE Framework Revision Project 2012, the VTE (program specific) Management & Entrepreneurship Knowledge and Skills were included in Strand 2, therefore this team will revise Strand 4 to reflect the management and entrepreneurial (including financial), knowledge, and skills that all students need to acquire. Teams will consider financial knowledge and skills related to personal finances as well as basic business management skills. All business owners and employees must possess management and financial skills to be productive members of society.

The three Strand Teams will consist of members selected by the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE); from the applicant pool from CVTE Spring/Summer Initiatives Applications. The team will work under the direction of assigned staff from CVTE and the Project Administrator, to be determined by CVTE.
Priorities: Funding priorities will be for projects that demonstrate:
  1. Effective and adequate coordination of teams and resources
  2. Revision of Strands 1, 4, and 5 to reflect the Safety and Health, Employability/ Career Readiness, and Management & Entrepreneurship knowledge and skills that all students need to acquire.
  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 Vocational Technical Education Programs.
Funding: Total funds available through this grant are $75,000. Eligible districts will submit a proposal for the full funding amount. Funding is from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV). Award based on availability of Perkins funding.
Fund Use: Funds must be used in accordance with this Funding Opportunity, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270, and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual.

The project parameters include the development and completion of revisions to Strands 1, 4, & 5, to be vetted by the vocational technical education community during the 2013 - 2014 school year.

Allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: (1) stipends for team participants for the development of the revision to Strands 1, 4 and 5 Vocational Technical Education Frameworks; (2) project materials; (3) stipends for Project Administrator and clerical support; and (4) 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 Instructions Submit 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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