Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014
Strategic Support to Specific Underperforming School Districts
Fund Code: TBD
|Purpose: ||The purpose of this non-competitive grant program is to fund specific strategic initiatives that will improve the state's lowest achieving schools and districts, and support their continuous cycle of improvement.
This grant program is aligned with the state's overarching goal:
These grant funds will contribute to that goal by supporting the following state strategy:
- To prepare all students for success after high school
Eligible districts will be invited to apply throughout the year as needs emerge and funds become available. Applications are only accepted from districts invited to apply.
- Turning around the lowest performing districts and schools
To support effective planning and the strategic use of grant funds, ESE requires that eligible districts explain in detail how the strategic initiatives funded through this grant program connect to state standards and indicators of effective practice.
All districts must explain how proposed strategic initiatives connect to indicators for one or more of the state's six district standards. These standards, defined in District Standards and Indicators are:
Applying districts must also identify the grant program goals and initiatives, and describe how they will monitor progress towards such goals, including identifying and describing early evidence of change, intermediate implementation benchmarks, and long-term evidence of success, which they will use to assess progress for each initiative and for the overall program goals.
- Leadership and Governance
- Curriculum and Instruction
Tip: If connecting to the Curriculum and Instruction standard, districts may want to integrate the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) with their planning.
Tip: If connecting to the Assessment standard, districts may want to integrate the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) with their planning.
- Human Resources and Professional Development
Tip: If connecting to this standard's Indicator 3, Professional Development, districts may want to apply the Massachusetts Standards for Professional Development to their planning.
- Student Support
Tip: If connecting to this standard's Indicator 4, Partnerships and Services to Support Learning, districts may want to explain how their proposed initiatives connect to indicators for one or more of the Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals .
Tip: If connecting to this standard, districts may also want to integrate the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and/or The Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework with their planning.
- Financial and Asset Management
Since these initiatives support the school's or district's existing turnaround process, the district is not asked to set additional outcome measures for this work. The district's Progress and Performance Index (PPI) and Measurable Annual Goals (MAGS), if applicable, will serve as outcome measures for these initiatives as well.
|Priorities: ||Priority will be given to specific Level 4 and/or Level 3 schools and districts that have been identified under the state's Framework for Accountability and Assistance. |
|Eligibility: ||This grant is available to Level 4 and/or Level 3 schools and districts, by invitation only. |
|Funding: ||Funding for the grant will come from federal and/or state funds. The total allocation per grant will be communicated to targeted districts individually. |
|Fund Use: ||Fund use must be consistent with applicable state and/or federal requirements. Districts are allowed to budget funds at both the district level and school level. All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity. |
|Project Duration: ||Approval date to - 6/30/2014 (state) and 8/31/14 (federal) |
|Program Unit: ||Office of District and School Turnaround, Center for Targeted Assistance |
|Programmatic:||Office of District and School Turnaround Liaison |
|Budget Workbook:||Russ Fleming email@example.com|
|Phone Number: ||
|Programmatic:||Office of District and School Turnaround Liaison|
|Budget Workbook:||Russ Fleming (781) 338-6259|
|Date Due: ||No more than 30 days from initial communication to district from the ODST liaison regarding availability of funding opportunity. |
|Required Forms: ||Parts I and II: Budget Workbook (Includes the Standard Contract and Application for Program Grants and Budget Detail Pages). Note that the budget workbook is NOT posted with this RFP; invited districts will be sent a budget workbook with a specific fund code and the project duration.
Other information and/or documentation required by ODST liaison.
|Submission Instructions: || Mail one copy of the Signature Page (Part I) only, with the original signature of the Superintendent or Executive Director to:
Russ Fleming, School Improvement Grants Programs
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Email the Budget Workbook (Parts I and II) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.