Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Teacher Externship Summer Program Grant

Fund Code: 404

Purpose:

The purpose of the competitive grant opportunity is to select an organization to serve as administrator for a summer Teacher Externship Program designed for teachers placed in externships at mainly virtual employer sites for a minimum of 50 hours, supporting the integration of instructional practices by exposing them to "All Aspects of Industry." The program will enable participating teachers to experience new and emerging technologies to ensure more rigor and relevance in their program curricula and instructional teaching methods. The Teacher Externship Program is designed for selected academic and technical high school teachers (grades 7-12) who deliver instruction to students enrolled in districts that receive Perkins funding. MassHire Workforce Boards will identify the teachers and employer sites that will participate in this summer program. The workforce boards will mainly select employer sites experiencing the skill gaps identified via the Commonwealth's "Regional Blueprint" process, which addresses labor market needs across the Commonwealth.

Priorities:

The Administrator of the Teacher Externship program will:

  • Provide overall management and oversight of the program.
  • Convene an initial meeting with all teachers in the Externship Cohort prior to placement at the virtual worksite to communicate program expectations and presenting the teacher externship handbook on Thursday, July 1st.
  • Convene a 2nd meeting on the topic of exploring progress and enhancing the teacher deliverable by July 29th.
  • Provide support for all teachers during their externships and includes offering support with the required work of the externship.
  • Develop and document a payment system for participating teachers to receive financial compensation and ensure that all stipends earned are remitted to participating teachers no later than August 31, 2021. Teachers will receive stipends of $7,000 each.
  • Create a system to document and issue professional development points and/or credits to participants.

Eligibility:

Organization with capacity to deliver all required elements of the grant with a proven record of supporting teacher professional development opportunities. Priority will be given to applicants who have administered similar programs in the past.

Funding:

An approximately total of up to $400,000 will be available through federal Perkins funds.

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.048

Fund Use:

$336,000 of the Perkins dollars must be set aside for teacher stipends. The remaining $64,000 may be used to provide required services and program administration.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval – 8/31/2022

Program Unit:

College, Career, and Technical Education

Contact:

Kerry Akashian

Date Due:

Thursday, June, 17, 2021

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m..

Required Forms:

Additional Information:

Massachusetts Perkins V Manual and Perkins Act

Submission Instructions:

Email complete proposal in PDF format to Kerry Akashian by 5:00PM on Thursday, June, 17, 2021.

Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget in EdGrants and upload required documents. Grant recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

Last Updated: June 9, 2021

 
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