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The Teacher Induction, Retention, and Advancement (TIRA) Pilot Program

Grants to Maryland LEAs to Promote Staff
Retention by Supporting First-Year Teachers

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Deadline Date:

06/15/18 12:00 PM Noon

Description:

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Grants to Maryland local education agencies to promote the hiring, retention, and career advancement of teachers. The purpose of this program is to address the problem of teacher turnover in public schools throughout the State. Funding will enable schools to provide first-year teachers with additional mentoring and support.

Purpose:

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), in accordance with Maryland Senate Bill 493, Chapter 740, has developed the Teacher Induction, Retention, and Advancement Pilot Program (hereafter known as “TIRA Pilot Program”). Teacher turnover in Maryland remains a persistent problem with over 40 percent of all first-year teachers leaving the profession before the end of their fifth year of teaching. Given the costs associated with high teacher turnover and the subsequent instability it causes in schools, this program establishes offset funding for schools to offer specified first-year teachers at least 20 percent more time than other non-first-year teachers for mentoring, peer observation, assistance with planning, or other preparation activities. This is a cost-share grant with 80 percent funded by the State and 20 percent by local education agencies (LEAs) that participate in the pilot program. As of the dissemination of this grant, the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act of 2018 (SB 187) has eliminated the funding for this program. Implementation of this grant is dependent upon restoration of funding in the fiscal year 2019 budget.

Required Components:

Proposals must contain the following to be considered for funding:

-Participating LEAs must ensure that 20 percent more time is provided to first-year teachers in the program, for mentoring, peer observation, assistance with planning, or other classroom preparation activities during the academic week compared to other non-participating first-year teachers or non-first-year teachers (i.e. scheduling participating teachers to have an 80% teaching load compared to non-participating teachers or finding non instruction time in the duty day for activities listed prior);

-Participating LEAs must ensure that supportive activities that constitute the additional 20 percent of time do not include administrative responsibilities or student supervision;

-Participating LEAs must ensure that first-year teachers are provided with information regarding resources that are available to them and that these resources may be used during the additional allotted time; these resources may include: mentoring, peer observation, and assistance with planning;

-Participating LEAs must ensure that the 20 percent more time is provided during the academic week and does not require additional time outside of the duty day hours;

-Costs associated with the pilot funding must adhere to the following cost sharing requirements: providing 80 percent state funding and local school systems providing 20 percent;

-A sustainability plan that includes a description of how LEAs will be able to ensure the goals of the Pilot Program will continue to be met through the proposed activities following termination of funding; and

-An annual report shall include the retention rate of first-year teachers who participated in the TIRA Pilot Program and continue to track the cohort for the duration of the five-year reporting period. Similarly, the report shall also include retention information for up to five years of a comparison group of an equal number of similar first-year teachers who did not participate in the TIRA Pilot Program. If a participant is no longer employed in the LEA the report should include the reason for separation, if available. The report shall also indicate the schools in which each teacher taught and share the historical retention information on each participating school in the program.

Priorities:

Pilot program funds are designed to support first-year teachers by affording them at least 20 percent more time during the academic week than other non-first-year teachers for mentoring activities, peer observation, assistance with planning, or other classroom preparation activities. This 20 percent more time for planning is calculated based on the total time of the academic week.

Priority will be given to projects meeting one or more of the following:
-Projects that ensure teachers identified for participation in the pilot project are
working in schools that are part of a cluster of schools in which the majority of the elementary and middle schools are Title I schools and feed into a common high school.
-Strategic scheduling -- reduce class size, reduce preps, modify composition of class, provide extra planning, extra aide.
-Development of a professional learning community through a cohort (in one school or a cluster of schools).
-Access to professional growth opportunities.
-An evaluation plan that maps out the effort to collect ongoing and summative data on the program’s effectiveness.
-An annual report shall include the retention rate of first-year teachers who participated in the TIRA Pilot Program and continue to track the cohort for the duration of the five-year reporting period. Similarly, the report shall also include retention information for up to five years of a comparison group of an equal number of similar first-year teachers who did not participate in the TIRA Pilot Program. If a participant is no longer employed in the LEA the report should include the reason for separation, if available. The report shall also indicate the schools in which each teacher taught and share the historical retention information on each participating school in the program.

Fund Use:

Cost(s) incurred prior to the approval of the grant may not be funded through the award. Generally, a direct cost is one that is incurred specifically for one activity. Indirect costs are of a more general nature and are incurred for the benefit of several activities. Once a grantee designates a given cost as direct or indirect, that designation must be applied consistently and may not change during the fiscal year. Sub-grantees are never required to charge indirect costs.

Direct costs can be identified specifically with a particular final cost objective. Typical direct costs chargeable to awards are:
-Compensation of employees for time devoted and identified specifically to the performance of those awards;
-Cost of materials acquired, consumed, or expended specifically for the purpose of those awards;
-Contracts specifically for the purpose of the award; and
-Travel expenses incurred specifically to carry out the award.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181674

Term of Contract:

The length of the grants is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Any LEA may choose to participate in the TIRA Pilot Program.
-The LEA will select first-year teachers to participate in the TIRA Pilot Program. The TIRA Pilot Program is not intended to ensure that every first-year teacher in a participating local school system is funded to participate.
-Nonpublic schools are not eligible to participate.

Funds may not be used for:
-Supplanting existing services;
-Capital improvements; or
-Cost(s) incurred prior to the approval of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 15, 2018, no later than 12:00 noon.

The review of proposals will be a five-part process:

1) Written applications will be pre-screened for submission requirements and inclusion of all required sections. Applications not meeting all prescreen requirements will not be read or reviewed.

2) A review committee established by the MSDE will evaluate written applications. The committee will be composed of representatives from MSDE personnel. Using a scoring rubric, reviewers will comment on the proposals and assign numerical scores.

3) Applicants may be scheduled for an oral program presentation as determined by the review committee.

4) Final approval for awards will be determined by the Teacher Induction, Retention, and Advancement Pilot Program Review Committee.

5) All revised proposals and budgets must be resolved by conclusion of the first quarter or risk forfeiture of the award.

MSDE reserves the right to consider geographic distribution when making awards.

Notification of awards will be sent by mail on June 30, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Sarah Spross
P: 410-767-0385
F: 410-333-8963
sarah.spross@maryland.gov

Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Educator Effectiveness
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Maryland