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School Redesign

Innovation Schools Funding Opportunities

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education supports the innovation schools initiative through a variety of ways. While the innovation school model aims to be cost-neutral with regard to the longer-term operation of an innovation school, one of the primary methods of support to schools, and partner districts is through the issuance of one-time competitive grants intended to support the development and implementation of innovation schools and innovation academies.

FY16 Innovation Schools Planning Grant

The purpose of the planning grant is to support high-impact, in-depth school planning processes for new and/or conversion innovation schools or academies, and former turnaround schools operating under exit assurances seeking to retain autonomies through the innovation schools redesign model. The Department strongly encourages applicants to identify 1) a dedicated staff member who will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the innovation schools planning process and/or 2) an external partner with demonstrated expertise related to the educational model and/or area to be implemented. Grant requests should range between $50,000 and $100,000.

Innovation Schools Planning Grant Important Dates and Information

DateItem
Thursday, October 8, 2015 Technical Assistance Webinar (optional) 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The participant link is https://scopia1.doemass.org. Select "I am a guest", enter your name, and meeting ID 3100, then select "Participate Now." First-time users will be prompted to download the Scopia Desktop Client. Due to limited phone ports, webinar participants are strongly encouraged to participate via their devices audio speakers/headsets/microphones.
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Intent to Apply Email by 5:00 p.m.

Send an email to sedmond@doe.mass.edu
Thursday, November 5, 2015 Completed Grant Proposals

Must be submitted and received by the Department by 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
through Friday, November 20, 2015
Applicant Interviews

All applicants will be required to participate in a panel interview at the Department. The lead applicant, district superintendent or designee, and members of the district leadership team (as appropriate), must be in attendance.

FY16 Innovation Schools Implementation Grant

The purpose of the Innovation Schools Implementation Grant is to provide district and schools support for the implementation of approved innovation plans during the 2015–2016 academic year. Grant requests should range between $50,000 and $75,000.

Innovation Schools Implementation Grant Important Dates and Information

DateItem
Thursday, October 1, 2015 Office Hours: 3:00 p.m. -4:30 p.m.

Perspective applicants will have an opportunity to have their specific grant related inquiries addressed. Please contact Shay Edmond at 781-338-3217 or sedmond@doe.mass.edu.
Thursday, October 8, 2015 Intent to Apply Email by 5:00 p.m.

Send an email to sedmond@doe.mass.edu
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Completed Grant Proposals by 5:00 p.m.

Must be submitted and received by the Department by 5:00 p.m.

Please contact Shay Edmond at sedmond@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3217



Last Updated: September 29, 2015
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