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Developing, Aligning, and Improving Systems of Academic and Behavioral Supports

Grant to a California COE to Support LEAs in
Providing Students with Needed Assistance

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California Department of Education (CDE), Professional Learning Support Division

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02/19/16 5:00 PM PST


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Grant to a California county office of education (COE), or two COEs applying jointly, to assist LEAs in ensuring that support systems are available to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Applicants are encouraged to send an Intent to Submit and Application by January 15.

The applicant will also provide an online site for LEAs where tools, resources, and professional learning activities will be available to them.

Funding will be provided to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in the utilization and scaling up of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). The term LEA refers to school districts, charter schools, and other COEs for the purposes of this request for applications (RFA). Using an MTSS framework to support a continuous improvement process is an evidence-based practice that can support LEAs in developing, aligning, and improving academic and behavioral resources, programs, supports, and services at all organizational levels leading to improved student outcomes.

The successful applicant will develop, improve upon, and expand statewide resources to assist LEAs in establishing, integrating, aligning, and improving LEA and school-wide, data-driven systems of academic and behavioral supports. These improved systems will help to inform instructional decision making regarding strategies, supports, and services necessary for all students to succeed and also include meaningful and authentic family and community engagement.

The technical assistance (TA) provided to LEAs by the successful applicant will serve as a replicable or adaptable model for statewide implementation of MTSS that will enhance and strengthen the capacity of COEs statewide to support LEAs in the development and implementation of their local control accountability plans (LCAPs) to address the needs of all students.

The successful applicant will develop a statewide infrastructure for implementing and supporting MTSS and provide an on-line platform/portal where tools, resources, and professional learning activities will be available for use by LEAs across the state. The successful applicant will work with the CDE to create a sustainable and capacity-building process for sharing and updating resources for continued statewide use into the future.

The tools, resources, and professional learning activities developed and gathered as a result of this project, will enable the CDE to assist LEAs throughout the state to develop their capacity to support system and culture changes at the district, school site, and classroom levels that build and sustain a coherent system of education.

The successful applicant will develop a process for LEA self-evaluation of existing programs and resources in order to create a coherent LCAP focused on continuous improvement of a system that effectively meets the needs of all students.

To accomplish this, the successful applicant will:

• Work collaboratively with LEAs, on an on-going basis, to integrate and maximize existing LEA experience and expertise in developing and aligning systems of academic and behavioral supports.

• Function as a support agent for a community of practice that will serve as an essential component of the feedback loop to inform, support, and enhance the implementation of MTSS.

• Ensure participation of LEAs that represent variances in size, grade levels, geographical location, and student populations.

• Include LEAs that are at various stages of MTSS implementation.

• Create an infrastructure of resources, tools, and professional learning activities for building local and statewide capacity for the sustainability of MTSS.

• Identify strategies to promote family, community, and stakeholder engagement.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167249

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The grant award period begins in April 2016 and ends on June 30, 2018; therefore the successful applicant must encumber or expend the funds by June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- County office of education (COE), or two COEs applying jointly.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants intending to submit an application are encouraged to send an Intent to Submit an Application, Form A, to the CDE by Friday, January 15, 2016.

Contact Information:

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

Jennifer Moreno
Fax: (916) 323-2807

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USA: California

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