EPIC Partnership Innovation Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Public School Districts to
Improve Partnerships with Teacher Training Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 175959
Agency Type:


Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)

11/30/16 5:00 PM Receipt

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Massachusetts public schools districts to enhance their partnerships with qualifying educator preparation organizations. The purpose of this program is to improve the development, recruitment, and placement of quality K-12 employees in Massachusetts public and charter schools.

This grant is designed to address a persistent disconnect between many districts and the ed prep providers with whom they work, and the opportunity to better leverage partnerships to improve the pipeline of teachers coming into a district.

This grant program supports the State's overarching goal, to prepare all students for success after high school. Grant funds will contribute to this goal by supporting the following State priorities:

-Strengthen curriculum, instruction, and assessment
-Improve educator effectiveness

Activities funded under this grant may support any or all of the following four standards identified by ESE's District Standards and Indicators:

-Governance and leadership
-Curriculum and instruction
-Human resources and professional development
-Student support

Applicants may propose partnerships that address these priorities through a variety of means, including but not limited to:

-Revamping field and coursework expectations to bring into tighter alignment with district priorities

-Co-development and operation of new program(s) designed to improve the quality and/or quantity of prospective teachers that meet specific talent needs of the district

-Co-development of new processes, expectations or shared roles for supervising practitioners/mentors

-Creation of new student teaching placement models, e.g. centralizing and organizing all student teaching placements within a district, residency-based programs, guaranteed placement models, etc.

-Grow-your-own programs that leverage teacher candidates from local district communities

-Development of joint induction & mentoring programs

Because the focus on partnerships is a relatively new stream of support from ESE, ESE seeks to support partnerships in demonstrating coherent planning and implementation from the very beginning. Therefore, the 18-month grant program articulates the following implementation time periods allotted to strategic planning, implementation, and sustainability planning in order to ensure that grantees approach the work systematically.

-January 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017: Strategic Planning and Establishing Structures to Support Implementation (FY18 funds contingent on Progress Report due June 15th, 2017).

-July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018: Implementation & Sustainability Planning


Average awards are anticipated to range from $15,000 to $35,000 per partnership. The maximum award for any individual district or group of districts is $50,000.

Project duration is from January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

FY18 funds are contingent on the Progress Report due June 15, 2017.

This grant is available to partnerships between all Massachusetts public school districts, including charter schools, and approved educator preparation organizations.

Partnerships must include at least one public school district or charter school and at least one approved educator preparation organization.

Districts may apply with more than one educator preparation organization partner.

Unallowable expenditures:
-Contract buyouts
-Capital expenses
-Purchase of technology, computer software, or hardware, unless a compelling case can be made as to why these materials are necessary to complete grant-funded work

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 PM on the date due.

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

Program Contact:

Meagan Comb
(781) 338-3234

Submit electronic applications to:

Ben Peisch

Submit hard-copy application materials to:

Meagan Comb
Center for Instructional Support
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

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