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Grants to Massachusetts Public and Charter Schools for
Professional Development and Instructional Materials

Expanding High-Quality Instructional Mathematics Materials

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

LOI Date:

06/03/22

Deadline Date:

06/10/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Massachusetts public and charter schools for professional development and instructional materials. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to cover costs associated with the new adoption of core instructional materials for mathematics, as well as initial professional development for educators to implement those materials.

The purpose of this competitive grant is to provide funding for districts to purchase high quality core mathematics instructional materials that are unavailable through the Accelerating Mathematic for Students in 2022-23 program.

This grant will support districts to purchase new adoption of core instructional materials for mathematics, as well as initial professional development for educators to implement those materials. High-quality core curricular materials for any grade, Kindergarten through grade 12, are eligible, excluding those available through the Accelerating Mathematic for Students in 2022-23 program.

Priority will be given to:

Competitive priority will be given to districts and schools in chronically underperforming status.

  • Entities participating in the Evaluating and Selecting High-Quality Instructional Materials Network during the 21-22 school year for Mathematics.
  • Entities that are currently implementing mathematics instructional materials that do not meet expectations for high-quality based on a third-party review and are planning to replace those with high-quality instructional materials. (See Additional Information below for more details.)
  • Entities that will be implementing the new core curricular materials in multiple grade levels.
  • Districts with at least one school; or schools that are identified:
    • As requiring assistance in the state accountability system based upon 2019 data and/or
    • With an overall accountability percentile of 20 or below based upon 2019 data.
  • Districts whose total student population is comprised of 10% or more students identified as English Learners.
  • Districts that serve a population of students of which over 50% are identified as Low-Income.

Funds may be used towards:

  1. Purchase of a new high-quality core curricular materials for mathematics in any grade or grade span.
    1. Core curricular materials are used as the primary instructional material for core, or Tier 1, instruction.
    2. "High quality core curricular materials" is defined as: the instructional materials must be rated as high-quality based on the following definition: The product has been reviewed by DESE's CURATE panels and found to meet or partially meet overall expectations. Or, if a product has not been reviewed by CURATE, evidence of "high-quality" will be assessed using?Ed Reports, in which case the curricula must meet expectations for EdReports' first gateway, and partially meet or meet expectations for its second gateway at the majority of grade levels for which the curriculum exists.
    3. Districts cannot apply for this funding if the selected materials are available through the Accelerating Mathematics for Students program 2022-23.
  2. Applicants are required to include funding for foundational professional development to prepare all educators for implementation of the materials at all participating schools.
    1. The foundational professional development must be provided by the curriculum publisher or a publisher approved curriculum provider.
    2. The foundational professional development must support the district to effectively launch and effectively sustain the use of the curricular materials. Training should include initial preparation to launch the curricular materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203444

Estimated Size of Grant:

Approximately $500,000 is available for school and districts. The maximum award for any LEA is $150,000.

Term of Contract:

The purchase of the core curricular materials must be made by September 1, 2022. Professional development grant funding must be spent by June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All Massachusetts public school districts, charter schools, collaboratives, and approved special education programs are eligible to apply.

However, DESE will only award grants to entities (e.g., districts, charter schools, collaboratives, approved special education programs) that:
- Demonstrate a pre-existing priority on mathematics, which the new curricular materials directly support, and evidence that implementation of the new resources will be sustainable;
- Have conducted an intentional and inclusive process to select the new curricular materials that meet local needs and priorities;
- Articulate a plan to provide robust, ongoing and embedded support for educators who are expected to use new curricular materials;
- Will advance culturally responsive practice as part of implementing new curricular materials.

All schools and teachers in the district serving the designated grade band must participate in the purchase and implementation of curricular materials under this grant. For instance, if the district is funded to purchase curricular materials for grades 6–8, all schools in the district that serve grades 6–8 must participate.

LEAs cannot apply for this grant and for funds through the Accelerating Mathematic for Students in 2022-23 program for the same grade span(s).

Funds may not be used towards technology (e.g., iPads, headphones, smart boards), substitute costs, consultants, or staffing.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Entities that intend to apply for this grant must complete this brief statement of intent by June 3rd, 2022.
- Date Due: Friday June 10th, 2022. Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
- Applicants that do not complete a statement of intent will not be considered for the grant.

Applicants will receive a confirmation when the materials are received. Early submission is strongly encouraged to ensure the complete application is received and confirmed by 5pm on the due date. Late and/or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.

This grant will fund up to 90% of the cost for the purchase of high-quality core curricular materials for mathematics in any grade or grade span for the 22-23 school year and the associated foundational professional development, up to a total of $150,000.

The applicant is responsible for the remaining 10% and all other purchasing costs, including any and all costs to continue using the materials beyond the 22-23 school year.

Contact Information:

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

Please email the required forms as listed above, attached to a single email, to AcceleratingMath@mass.gov

Direct questions to:
Ian Stith
Ian.T.Stith@mass.gov

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

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