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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Vocational Technical Education Model Curriculum Units Project
Fund Code: 424

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 performancestatewide 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), in collaboration with the Office for Curriculum & Instruction, seeks to create Model Curriculum Units (MCUs) for up to four (4) program areas and a general vocational technical education rubric. A Model Curriculum Unit was developed for Culinary Arts during the 2012-2013 school year and team members from that group will serve as mentors for other MCU project groups; and will work under the direction of the MA Voc. Tech. Teacher Testing Program Project Facilitator, CVTE consultants, and CVTE staff.

Approved Model Curriculum Units will be included in the Edwin Teaching and Learning System.

One grant will be awarded to support teams of vocational technical education professionals who will: 1) develop MCUs for the following vocational technical education frameworks: Automotive Technology, Health Careers, Carpentry, and Engineering; and 2) develop rubrics for performance assessments. Vocational Technical Education MCU development will conform to the ESE's MCU development being implemented. Participants must attend model curriculum unit training sponsored by ESEprior to working on VTE MCUs.

Four technical teachers will comprise each team. The Culinary Arts team that created Model Curriculum Units (MCUs) through RTTT 2012 will act as a lead group for this project and assist the five (5) teams under the direction of CVTE staff, the MA Vocational Technical Teacher Testing Program-Project Facilitator, the CVTE consultants, and the Project Administrator. Team members will be paid a stipend of $35 per hour and will be awarded content PDPs in accordance with participation. The Project Administrator will be determined by CVTE.

Teams will meet according to the following schedule:
  • One (1) day for orientation, goal setting, and creating the project outline
  • Five (5) days training (July 29 - Aug 2, 2013); and
  • Commitment of pre- and post- work as needed between meetings/sessions during the 2013-2014 school year.
The Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education will create teams for applicable vocational technical program areas, selected from the applicant pool from CVTE Spring/Summer Initiatives Applications. The Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education may alter a specific MCU vocational technical education program area identified above based on the vocational background of the applicant pool from the CVTE Spring/Summer Initiatives Applications.
Priorities: Funding priorities will be for projects that demonstrate:
  1. Partnerships and collaboration with CVTE to support teams to create model curriculum units in the respective vocational technical education program areas.
  2. Effective and adequate coordination of teams and resources
  3. Appropriate use of funds.
  4. Project Administrator responsibilities include, but not limited to: budget, awarding content PDPs to participants, regular and consistent monitoring of teams to support project goals. Project Administrator will routinely meet with the CVTE consultants, Project Facilitator, and/or CVTE staff to discuss project progress.
  5. Under the direction of the CVTE consultants, Project Facilitator, and CVTE staff, a coordinator will oversee teams of professional technical teachers from several schools (as applicable) to develop model curriculum units. The coordinator will be responsible for attending all training connected with MCUs and developing deliverables in the form of completed lesson plans and significant progress toward completion of MCUs, and rubrics for performance assessments.
  6. Vocational educators who will work in teams of 4 or 5 on the various model curriculum units based on the Vocational Technical Frameworks and using the template created for the Race to the Top Model Curriculum project. Teachers chosen should have experience with the VTE Frameworks and should attend MCU training offered by ESE. Teams should reflect the geographical diversity of the commonwealth.
Eligibility: Districts with five or more Chapter 74 state-approved Vocational Technical Education Programs. One bidder will oversee educator teams that have already applied to participate in the development of model curriculum units. A school district must be designated as the lead agency. The lead agency must designate an individual to be the partnership administrator.
Funding: Eligible districts/collaborative will submit a proposal for the full grant amount of $250,000. Funding is from the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV). Award is based upon 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. Allowable expenditures include, but are not limited to: (1) stipends for teacher teams; (2) stipends for Culinary Arts Lead MCU Team; (3) project materials & books; (4) stipends for the Project Administrator and clerical support; (5) stipend for Project Facilitator; (6) travel/overnight; (7) indirect costs; (8) costs of substitutes; and (9) Stipend for Coordinator. Note: Grantees do not need to include costs for facilitation since facilitation will be provided by ESE to ensure consistency
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8 /31/2014
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Margie Roberts
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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