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Grants to Massachusetts School Districts to Implement Curricula at New State Standards

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USA: Massachusetts

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Building Aligned Curriculum

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #148210

Grant Description

Grants of up to $44,800 to Massachusetts school districts to institute new curriculum units designed to promote student achievement and in alignment with State priorities. Funds will be distributed according to the number of teams each district provides to increase school-based and teacher ability in adapting to these new units.

Specifically, the purpose of this grant is for districts and schools to use the over 100 Model Curriculum Units (Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12) that have been developed through the Race to the Top grant to increase the capacities of faculty to adapt and align curriculum to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

The priorities for use of this grant are to:

* Increase school-based expertise in aligning curriculum and instruction to the MA Curriculum Frameworks: for English Language Arts and Literacy (2011), Mathematics (2011), History and Social Science, and Science and Technology/Engineering (revised draft, 2014).

* Increase expertise of teacher leaders to guide a team through planning, adapting, and implementing frameworks-aligned curriculum by using or adapting one or more of the model curriculum units.

* Increase teachers' ability to use data to modify existing or new curriculum (model curriculum units) to address students' needs and districts' priorities.

* Promote professional teams and discussion about curriculum development and alignment.

* To encourage districts to tryout curriculum units in History Social Science (HSS) or Science and Technology/Engineering (ST/E) in particular.

* Increase districts' capacities to connect work on aligning curriculum with the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation System, the Standards for High-Quality Professional Development, and other Department and district-level initiatives.

Grant funds must used only to support grant priorities, including:

* Stipends to support common planning time for a grade-level and/or subject-based team to unpack the chosen model curriculum unit, make adjustments as needed, and pilot the unit. The estimated time commitment is 18-20 hours per team member.

* Stipends/substitutes to support the teacher-leader. In addition to being a member of the team, the teacher leader will facilitate the group and the piloting process, provide and/or arrange for coaching, visit classrooms where the unit is being piloted.

* Stipends/substitutes for release time for the teacher leader(s) to attend trainings sponsored by ESE. Districts must send one teacher leader per team. The estimated time commitment for completing this training is 22 hours: 3.5 face-to-face days, and one virtual meeting. Attendance of the teacher leaders at the trainings is mandatory. (The first two training days will be in early December the central region of the state.)

Note: Due to content changes in the new draft standards, S/TE teacher leaders will have an additional day of training on content in January.

* Materials to implement the model curriculum unit(s). Up to 15% of the award may be spent on materials for implementation.

* Travel to attend ESE training meetings.

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  • School Districts
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Level 3 and Level 4 districts and Commissioner's Districts.

Districts are encouraged to apply if they are:

- Working towards standards-aligned curriculum or have completed aligning their curriculum to the MA Curriculum Frameworks;

- Beginning curriculum mapping or have completed curriculum maps; and/or

- Seeking to implement additional Model Curriculum Units, particularly those in History, Social Science, or Science/Technology, and Engineering.

Pre-Application Information:

Note: Dates have changed. Submission date is now November 14, and the training dates are now December 3 and 4, 2014. Due to content changes in the new draft standards, S/TE teacher leaders will have an additional day of training on content in January.

Every district that submits an acceptable application will be funded at least at the minimum level. Depending on a district's priorities and the total number of applicants, districts could receive up to the maximum award.

As districts apply for more funds, there is an expectation that there will be more teams participating. For example, districts applying for more than $5,600 are committing to more than 1 team.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $44,800

Term of Contract:

Upon Approval through 6/30/2015

Contact Information:

Sarah Churchill Silberman
(781) 338-3586

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.

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