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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) - Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
09/30/17 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Massachusetts IHEs, school districts, and special education school programs for collaborative initiatives to increase the number of teachers using American Sign Language (ASL) in their classrooms. The purpose of this program is to ensure that teachers have the tools they need to instruct deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
The priorities of this project build upon and enhance a collaborative, sustainable model for growing the field of educators in Massachusetts who are licensed to teach students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing using American Sign Language/Total Communication.
Priorities include development of:
1. A collaborative pre-service model that will result in teacher candidates meeting the requirements for Initial License as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication - 603 CMR 7.06(27);
2. A collaborative in-service model that will result in educators in Massachusetts having a greater awareness of instructing and accommodating students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and who communicate using American Sign Language in their classrooms, and/or meeting the requirements for Professional License as a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: ASL/Total Communication; and
3. A varied and multi-faceted model of course delivery - including distance-learning, satellite programming, and affordable tuition - that will promote enrollment through wide accessibility.
Funds may be used for stipends, salaries, advertising costs, software, and in-direct costs of no more than 9% of the grant award.
GrantWatch ID#: 147386
Project duration is upon approval to June 30, 2018.
The grant application must be submitted jointly by a Massachusetts institution of higher education with a school district or a Massachusetts private special education school program approved under 603 CMR 28.09 that educates Massachusetts students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.
The institution of higher education must be a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved preparation program for the Teachers of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing: American Sign Language/Total Communication license.
The collaborating school district or Massachusetts approved private special education school program must commit to providing matching funds.
The institution of higher education must demonstrate the ability to generate tuition revenue that will sustain the growth of the program after Year Three.
Funds may not be used for tuition.
A total of $90,000 is available for this three-year project. This is Year 2 of the project. Funds are subject to appropriation and successful completion of grant activities during each Fiscal Year.
-Year One (FY17) July 1, 2016 — June 30, 2017: $30,000
-Year Two (FY18) July 1, 2017 — June 30, 2018: $30,000
-Year Three (FY19) July 1, 2018 — June 30, 2019: $30,000
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 PM on September 30, 2017.
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Fund Code: 268