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  1. 1. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Title II, Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Request for Applications Essential information guiding application for and award of this grant is contained in this Request for Applications (RFA).Applications are due at the Department of Education & Early Development no later than May 14, 2010, 4:30 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time For additional information about this RFA or this grant, contact: Sondra Meredith, MSP Program Manager E-mail: sondra.meredith@alaska.gov Voice: (907) 465-8663 FAX: (907) 465-2441 Copies of this RFA are available electronically at http://www.eed.state.ak.us/forms/home.cfm
  2. 2. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application Table of ContentsSection I: RFA Summary Program Overview..........................................................................................................................1 Grant Focus.....................................................................................................................................1 Project Design..................................................................................................................................2 Eligible Partnerships.......................................................................................................................3 Available Funding and Award Considerations............................................................................4 Application Review Process............................................................................................................5 Award Process.................................................................................................................................5 Assurances and Required Forms...................................................................................................6 Continuation of Funding................................................................................................................6 Fiscal Procedures.............................................................................................................................6 Required Reporting.........................................................................................................................8 Appeals Process...............................................................................................................................8 Assurance of Nondiscrimination....................................................................................................8 Disallowable Costs...........................................................................................................................8 Subcontracts ...................................................................................................................................9 Ownership of Copyright and Patents............................................................................................9 News Releases and Publications.....................................................................................................9 Indemnification................................................................................................................................9 Insurance........................................................................................................................................10 Timeline..........................................................................................................................................10 Technical Assistance......................................................................................................................10 Application Procedures.................................................................................................................11 Partner Contributions and Commitments..................................................................................18 Teacher Assurance Form..............................................................................................................21 Certificate of Assurances..............................................................................................................22 Non-Profit Organization Effectiveness Document.....................................................................23 General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) Statement.............................................................24 Private School Participation Form..............................................................................................25 Application Scoring Rubric..........................................................................................................29 Application Rating Sheet..............................................................................................................36Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page i
  3. 3. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationSection I: RFA SummaryProgram OverviewIn January of 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) became law. The ImprovingTeacher Quality Grant Programs (Title II) are a major component of the No Child Left Behindlegislation. NCLB programs encourage scientifically-based professional development as a means forimproving student academic performance.Title II, Part B of NCLB authorizes a Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) competitive grantprogram. The intent of this program is to increase academic achievement of students in mathematicsand science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers. Corepartners in these grants must include mathematics, science, and/or engineeringdepartments/faculty from institutions of higher education (IHE), including community colleges.Partnerships of higher education, high-needs Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and other stakeholderswill draw upon the strong disciplinary expertise of the mathematicians, scientists, and engineeringfaculty from higher education institutions to develop professional development activities that willincrease student achievement by providing teachers with strong mathematics and/ content knowledge.The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED) is responsible for the administrationof the MSP Program. Available funds will be awarded by EED to support successful proposalssubmitted by eligible partnerships comprised of high-need LEAs and departments/faculty ofmathematics, science, or engineering at Alaska institutions of higher education.The Mathematics and Science Partnership Program supports improved academic achievement ofstudents in the areas of mathematics and science by encouraging state educational agencies, institutionsof higher education, local educational agencies, elementary schools, and secondary schools to partner inhigh-quality professional development programs, including programs that: • Improve and upgrade the status and stature of mathematics and science teaching by encouraging institutions of higher education to assume greater responsibility for improving mathematics and science teacher education through the establishment of a comprehensive, integrated system of professional development that continuously stimulates teachers’ intellectual growth and upgrades teachers’ knowledge and skills; • Focus on ways to deepen teachers’ content knowledge, increase teachers’ knowledge of how students learn particular content, provide opportunities for engaging learning, and establish coherence in teachers’ professional development experiences.Grant FocusAfter careful review of the state standard-based assessments and the number of mathematics creditsnecessary for K-8 teacher certification, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development(EED) has targeted the area of elementary & middle school mathematics (K-8). Each project will berequired to implement a model of professional development which includes a minimum of 120 contacthours over 18 months. The professional development may be designed with sessions occurring bothduring the academic year and summer, or another comparable structure. The selected structure mustdedicate significant time and intensity to deepening teacher content knowledge. Projects may focus onthe same cohort of teachers and may add additional cohorts during the life of the grant.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 1
  4. 4. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationA cohort may be made up of K-8 teachers within one eligible school district. Alternatively, a cohortmay be made up of teachers selected from throughout the state. Up to 10% of the cohort may beteachers from non-eligible schools if the LEA uses other funding sources to support those teachers’participation in grant activities. A cohort should contain at least 30 teachers. Each cohort will engagewith higher education mathematics faculty in professional development that directly relates to themathematics that form the foundation for Alaska’s academic standards and enhances the ability of K-8teachers to teach students these standards.Project DesignProjects must also meet the following requirements: • Projects must focus on mathematics (K-8). • Projects must address the results of a comprehensive assessment of the teacher quality and professional development needs of selected schools that comprise the eligible partnership with respect to the teaching and learning of mathematics. • Participating schools must not be involved in a mathematics school reform initiative; or the proposal must clearly articulate how this program will integrate with ongoing reform efforts. • The six components of scientifically-based research must be employed (see definitions). • Alignment to the Alaska Mathematics Content and Performance Standards, Alaska Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Staff Development Council Standards (see resources) must be well defined. • Projects must provide opportunities for enhanced and ongoing professional development to improve mathematics subject matter knowledge, including pedagogical content knowledge, for a total of 120 contact hours over 18 months. • The professional development design must incorporate the following four elements: Learn the Content, Reinforce the Content Learning, Consolidate the Content, and Implement the Content (see definitions). • There must be an active and well-defined partnership between IHE faculty and LEAs in all aspects of the grant, including planning, delivery, and evaluation of the professional development. • Each project must include an evaluation and accountability system that includes measurable objectives. These measures should address the effect of the activities on student achievement and teacher performance. Local evaluation must include tools that will be used to assess the program’s progress and measure the effect of professional development. Each project is required to use measurement tools selected by the state so projects can be compared statewide. Teacher content knowledge will be pre-assessed by using the Applied Mathematics WIN or Key Train program. ACT WorkKeys® in Applied Mathematics will be used as the post assessment. Teachers will also be required to submit pre and post self-assessments of their teaching performance. Growth in student content knowledge will be evaluated using Standards Based Assessment results. • Individual projects are required to report to EED and the U.S. Department of Education regarding progress in meeting the objectives described in the evaluation plan. • Projects will electronically compile and deliver a professional development packet to EED at the conclusion of the grant. The professional development packet will include all participant materials (e.g. handouts, activities, and references), instructor notes, and any other necessary components that would enable replication of all professional development sessions.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 2
  5. 5. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationEligible PartnershipsPartnerships must include an Alaska high-needs LEA, as defined below, and the mathematicsdepartment/faculty of an IHE. The partnership must focus on teachers who teach grades K-8. Otherpartners may include businesses, colleges of teacher education, additional local educational agencies,public charter schools, public or private elementary or middle schools, a consortium of such schools,local parent organizations, and nonprofit or for-profit organizations with demonstrated effectiveness inimproving the quality of mathematics teachers. All parties involved share responsibility, goals, andaccountability for project implementation and outcomes. Grantees need to adhere to regulations 76.652and 76.656 of the U.S. Department of Education’s General Administration requirements (EDGAR) andSection 9501 of ESEA as reauthorized by NCLB. These regulations state that meaningful consultationmust occur between the LEA and any private schools within that LEA’s attendance area. Thisconsultation must occur prior to submitting a grant proposal. The purpose of this regulation is to ensurethat teachers of all students (public or private) are able to benefit from the provision of federal funding.Special Note: The fiscal agent must be a high-needs LEA.High-Need Local Education Agency: A school district is designated as a high-needs local educationagency if the district’s school(s) selected for this projected is an eligible school for the purpose of theMSP grant. In addition, the school(s) must meet one set of the criteria listed in the definition of aneligible school.Eligible School: A school is designated as an eligible school if-- 1. There is evidence of teachers with limited mathematics content knowledge or who are not endorsed in mathematics and the school has not achieved the annual measurable objective (AMO) for mathematics composite scores school-wide for the purpose of AYP during the last two years. OR 2. There is evidence of teachers with limited mathematics content knowledge or who are not endorsed in mathematics and the school has a history of low test scores in mathematics (SBAs) and 35% or more of students identified in the proposal scored below proficient on assessments of student achievement in mathematics (SBAs).The evidence used to establish eligibility must use recent data on student academic achievement andteacher qualifications. Mathematics assessment data must be used.Individual Schools and Classrooms: Each competitive grant is funded at the district level. Individualschools and classrooms must apply as part of the district competitive grant.Charter Schools: Alaska charter schools are classified as public schools and are part of the districtgranting the charter. Districts with charter schools that meet the criteria of a districts competitive grantapplication may include those charter schools in the federal competitive grant.Private Schools: Private schools are eligible to participate if they are part of an Eligible LocalPartnership. Districts must contact private schools in their area about participation.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 3
  6. 6. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationAvailable Funding and Award Considerations 1. Projected Total Amount Available for Awards Approximately $960,000 is the available funding amount for the Title II, Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant program. The state anticipates awarding three to six grants. The grant amounts will be based on the number and quality of applications submitted. The state reserves the right to award a smaller or larger amount of grant funds than requested based upon available funding and the recommendations of the review panel. 2. Grant Amounts The maximum amount of an eligible partnership award is $150,000 for the duration of each grant period. Eligible Partnerships involving both rural and urban high-needs districts may apply for a maximum amount of $350,000 for the duration of the grant period. The level of funding will depend upon the number of teacher participants and the number of students who will benefit. (If funds requested by the original application are decreased upon award, the eligible partnership may adjust accordingly.) 3. Grant Period Duration of the first competitive grant period will be July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011. Continuation of the grant is possible depending on success of activities, compliance with grant procedures, and the availability of federal funding for two additional years. 4. Fund Use Funds received shall be used to supplement, and not supplant, state and/or local funds that would otherwise be used for proposed activities. Funds may be used for the following: • support of professional development programs and content development in mathematics • administrative costs • stipends for participating teachers, control-group teachers, and substitutes (a minimum of $20/instructional hour for teacher participants is recommended for summer and weekend sessions) • materials for professional development use, program evaluation, etc. • travel costs and expenses to attend in-state MSP technical assistance meetings and regional USDOE MSP meetings. No more than 10% of the project budget should be allocated to project evaluation, which may include stipends to control or comparison teachers for their time and effort in evaluation. It is acceptable for the partnership to charge indirect costs. Please refer to the following regulations for guidance: EDGAR Sec. 75.562 - Indirect cost rates for educational training projects, EDGAR 80.30 - Changes, and EDGAR Section 80.36 - Procurement. However, institutions are strongly encouraged to maximize the use of grant funds for direct services. All budgets and budget descriptions must be aligned with the activities described in the proposal narrative and reflect any coordinated uses of resources from other sources. All LEAs who receive federal funds (including MSP funds) must maintain time and effort documentation. This requirement is included in the General Assurances and the MSP Assurances that LEAs must submit.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 4
  7. 7. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application 5. Ineligible Costs: • costs associated with writing the proposal • materials for classroom use • space rental • expenditures for food at professional development sessions • supporting the research of individual scholars or faculty members • computers, projectors, SMART Boards, or other similar equipment • supporting travel to in- or out-of-state professional meetings/conferences (other than the in-state MSP technical assistance meetings and USDOE Mathematics and Science Partnership Meetings and/or Conferences as specified), unless it is demonstrated that attendance will directly and significantly advance the projectApplication Review ProcessProposals will be reviewed by EED staff for completeness and compliance with the requirements setforth in Title II, Part B of NCLB to determine applicant eligibility. If, in the judgment of the EED, aproposal is significantly incomplete, or an applicant cannot establish its eligibility, the proposal will beomitted from the competition.Grants will be awarded through a competitive review process. The review and scoring of eachapplication will be based on criteria that support sustained and intensive high-quality professionaldevelopment, based on the most current research. Using a numerical scoring system, this process isintended to identify the applications that meet the needs of Alaska’s eligible schools.A panel of reviewers composed of a minimum of three department staff and/or other educators will readall grants submitted and received by the deadline. Applications will be scored independently using thescoring form and rubric included in this RFA. Reviewers will then conference to clarify the accuracy ofreviewers’ understanding. Each reviewer will assign a rating to each of the components published in thisRFA. The reviewer may, for each section, use the entire range of scores including zero. The reviewers’total scores will be averaged to determine the order by which applications will be considered forfunding; funds will be awarded to the highest average scoring application(s).Review panelists will be asked for recommendations for improving the application and commenting onthe feasibility of the budget. These comments may form the basis for adjustments negotiated to theapplication prior to issuance of the grant award.Award ProcessThe state retains the right to refrain from making any awards if it determines that to be in its bestinterest. This RFA does not, by itself, obligate the state. The state reserves the right to add terms andconditions during grant negotiations. These terms and conditions will be within the scope of the RFAand will not affect the application reviews.By May 24, 2010, the state will issue a written Notice of Intent to Award (NIA) and send copies to allapplicants. The NIA will identify the application(s) selected for award. The NIA will be followed by anintent to award letter with any changes recommended by the review panel.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 5
  8. 8. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationAssurances and Required FormsEach of the assurances and forms referenced in this application must be completed. The cover page andthe assurances specific to this grant must be signed by the project’s fiscal agent and each memberinvolved in the partnership.All applicants need to take the necessary actions for this grant application to complete both the GEPA427 Statement (page 24) and Private School Participation Form (page 25).Continuation of FundingIn awarding the grant, the state expects the grantees to conduct all activities and evaluation measures aswritten or negotiated in the approved grant application. Failure to provide the requested performancereports; report and evaluate on all activities as proposed; and implement the grant as written, could resultin the loss of funding. Any changes to the original funded application must receive prior approval by thestate.The state reserves the right to withhold funding, reduce funding, or terminate funding if the applicationis not meeting program reporting requirements, performance goals, and measures. This includes accessto carry over (unexpended funds at the end of the fiscal year) funds.After it has been awarded, the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development may terminate agrant by giving the grantee written notice of termination. In the event of termination after award, theAlaska Department of Education & Early Development shall reimburse the grantee for approved grantexpenses incurred up to the notification of termination. This grant is subject to federal appropriationsand may be reduced or terminated based on federal appropriated funds in any given fiscal year.Fiscal ProceduresAll federal funds for the Mathematics and Science Partnership grants must be assigned to individualaccounts that can be readily identified and verified.All payments will be made on a reimbursement basis for expenditures incurred by the grantee.Reimbursement requests must be submitted to EED at least quarterly and be listed on Form 165d(supplied by EED) and a computer printout indicating the date of obligation, vendor name, accountingobject code, and exact amount of the transaction. Form 165b may be used for reporting transactionsinstead of computer printouts. The final payment will not be made until after the grant activity has beenconcluded and the required end-of-year report has been submitted to EED. Expenditures in excess ofapproved budget amounts will be the responsibility of the grantee.Eligible expenditures will be limited to those directly necessary and essential to the accomplishment ofthe proposed grant activity. These will customarily include personnel salaries, benefits, consultant fees,materials and supplies, travel, telephone and postage. Indirect expenses may be charged only by thefiscal agent provided the applicant has a state-approved indirect cost rate. The eligibility of any disputeditem shall be determined by EED, and the sponsoring school district or agency shall be responsible forany disputed expenditure. Changes in budgets for approved grant applications shall be conditional onwritten approval from the department.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 6
  9. 9. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationThe authorization to encumber grant monies will expire at the scheduled conclusion of the approved grant.The final financial statement should be submitted not later than 60 days after the grant expiration date.School district grantees are responsible for ensuring that audit and accounting procedures are incompliance with OMB Circular A133. Nonprofit agencies’ and school districts’ regular audit mustinclude a separate schedule of receipts and expenditures by expense object codes for each grant.REIMBURSEMENT REQUESTSSend reimbursement requests to Melissa Bell, Grants Manager, Alaska Department of Education &Early Development, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 110500, Juneau, AK 99811-0500. Grant Year One Due Date July 1 – July 31 August 31, 2010 August 1 – August 31 September 30, 2010 September 1 – September 30 October 31, 2010 October 1 – December 31 January 31, 2011 January 1 – March 31 April 30, 2011 April 1 – June 30 Final Report August 31, 2011 Grant Years Two & Three Due Date July 1 – September 30 October 31 October 1 – December 31 January 31 January 1 – March 31 April 30 April 1 – June 30 Final Report August 31Special note: Monthly billing for the first quarter is required. Final payment will be withhelduntil all reports, including project, have been submitted.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 7
  10. 10. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationRequired ReportingUSDOE reporting requirements change periodically as the federal grant funding legislation changes.Competitive grant awardees will receive a reminder of required reports approximately four to six weeksprior to the report due date. The reminder will include required reporting forms and requests for thelatest information required by the grantor. Grant Year One Due Date Interim progress report September 30, 2010 Interim progress report April 30, 2011 Final report August 31, 2011 Grant Years Two & Three Due Date Interim progress report October 31 Interim progress report April 30 Final report August 31Send narrative reports to Sondra Meredith, MSP Program Manager, at sondra.meredith@alaska.govAlaska Department of Education & Early Development, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box110500, Juneau, AK 99811-0500Appeals ProcessChapter 40 of the Alaska Administrative Code governs the process of appeals. This information isavailable on the Alaska Legislative website at http://www.legis.state.ak.us/folhome.htm. a. Scroll down to Alaska Information and select “The Alaska Administrative Code,” b. Select “Title 4 Education and Early Development,” c. Scroll down to and select “Chapter 40. Review and Appeals of Actions and Decisions Regarding Funding. (4 AAC 40.010 - 4 AAC 40.050).”Assurance of NondiscriminationThe Alaska Department of Education & Early Development is an equal opportunity employer and willnot discriminate in the Department employment, supervision, practices, services, or educationalprograms on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, handicap, marital status, changesin marital status, pregnancy, parenthood, veteran’s status, veteran’s disability, or political affiliation.Disallowable CostsThe following are costs not allowed under OMB Circular A-87. Bad debts, contingencies, contributionsand donations, entertainment costs, fines and penalties, interest and other financial costs, expenses oflocal governmental bodies such as school boards and city councils, undercover of costs under grantagreements, and/or application preparation costs.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 8
  11. 11. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationItems that may be considered to be educational incentives for students or staff are assumed to beextraneous to the conduct of a federally funded program. If an applicant plans to use these federal fundsfor items such as t-shirts, banners, stickers, pencils, pizza parties, gift certificates, or other similarpurposes, a written justification must be filed with MSP Program Manager and approved prior toreimbursement.SubcontractsThe Department of Education & Early Development retains the right to establish the followingprocedures for subcontracting within a project resulting from this RFA. a. A grantee may sub-contract for services up to $15,000 without prior approval from EED. b. A copy of sub-contracts of $15,000 or more must be sent to the MSP Program Manager.Ownership of Copyright and PatentsOwnership of any copyrights, patents, or other proprietary interests that may result from grant activitiesshall be governed by applicable federal regulations. EED retains the rights for no-cost use or replicationof any materials, designs, or programs developed through the use of these funds.News Releases and PublicationsThe State of Alaska encourages agencies to publicize approval of these projects and their activities. Everylocal recipient of funds under this RFA must, in any publication or public announcement, clearly identifyany program assisted under this title as a federally funded program under the No Child Left Behind Act,Title II funded through a grant from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. All pressreleases concerning this project must be approved by the MSP Program Manager prior to release.The following disclaimer must be printed on materials resulting from work supported by the grant:"The contents of this publication (or book, report, film, etc.) were developed with the assistance of Mathematicsand Science Partnership Grant, Title II, Part B federal funds from the Alaska Department of Education & EarlyDevelopment. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education &Early Development, nor endorsement by the Federal Government."IndemnificationAny contractor shall indemnify, save harmless and defend the state, its officers, agents and employeesfrom all liability, including costs and expenses, for all actions or claims resulting from injuries ordamages sustained by any person or property arising directly or indirectly as a result of any error,omission or negligent act of the contractor, subcontractor or anyone directly employed by them in theperformance of this contract.All actions or claims including costs and expenses resulting from injuries or damages sustained by anyperson or property arising directly or indirectly from the contractor’s performance of this contract,which are caused by the joint negligence of the state and the contractor, shall be apportioned on acomparative fault basis. Any such joint negligence on the part of the state must be a direct result ofactive involvement by the state.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 9
  12. 12. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationInsuranceDuring the life of this grant, any contractor shall purchase and maintain insurance with a carrier orcarriers satisfactory to the Department of Administration, Division of Risk Management, coveringinjury to persons or property suffered by the State of Alaska or a third party, as a result of errors oromissions or operations which arise both out of and during the sub-contractor engaged in work underthis grant. A 30-day prior notice to the Contracting Officer is required before cancellation, non-renewalor breach and ground for termination of the contractor’s services.TimelineRFA Released April 16, 2010Audio for Applicants April 26, 2010, 3:30-4:30 p.m.Intent to Apply Received by EED April 30, 2010, by 4:30 p.m.Applications Received by EED May 14, 2010, by 4:30 p.m.Notice of Intent to Award May 24, 2010, by 4:30 p.m.Grant Award Issuance July 1, 2010Grant Periods Year One July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011 Year Two July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2012 Year Three July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013Technical AssistanceEED personnel are available to provide technical assistance and answer questions about the Title II, PartB program and the competitive grant application. Please contact Sondra Meredith at (907) 465-8663 orsondra.meredith@alaska.gov.An audio conference for all applicants will be held April 26, 2010, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.Representatives of your partnership may participate, though participation is not required. To register forthe audio conference, please contact Maureen Leiter at (907) 465-6459 or maureen.leiter@alaska.govno later than 3 p.m., April 23, 2010.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 10
  13. 13. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationSection II: ApplicationApplication ProceduresEach eligible partnership must complete all of the following steps:Step 1: Please send a letter stating your intent to submit an application for an MSP grant by April 30,2010. In this letter, please provide a brief description of the proposal. In addition, list the anticipatedproject’s partners, targeted schools/districts, the anticipated number and grade levels of teachers whowill receive the intervention, the approximate number of students who will be affected, and an estimateof the funds needed. Notification of intent to apply is required by April 30, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. Submityour intent to apply by via e-mail to tech.plan@alaska.gov.Step 2: Meet with members of the partnership and identify the high-needs LEA that will act as thefiscal agent for the subgrant. Also, determine who will act as the project director. The project directorwill be the main EED contact during the grant program and be responsible for completing all requiredreports.Step 3: Assemble the application. The following (A-L) lists the required components of an applicationin the order they must be submitted. Narrative sections must be type written, double-spaced and thefont used must not be smaller than 12 point. There must be one-inch side, top, and bottom margins.Charts, graphs, and tables may be single spaced with type no smaller than 10 point. Any supportingcharts, graphs, and tables must be placed in an appendix and referenced in the narrative. A. Application Cover Page B. Project Abstract Provide an abstract of the proposal that briefly and concisely describes the partnership, project goals, activities, key features, and its intended results. The abstract should not be longer than one page. C. Partnership Needs Assessment (Rubric Section 1) This section shall include a description and the results of a comprehensive assessment (multiple sources) of teacher quality and professional development needs with respect to the teaching and learning of mathematics from selected schools in the partnership. Partners must collectively identify and prioritize the baseline professional development needs of involved teachers and the academic needs of their students, including: • The number and percentage of teachers in the schools that comprise the partnership who have sufficient and insufficient mathematics knowledge. This data should be disaggregated by grade level; • Specific student learning needs in the schools that comprise the partnership based on student achievement data from multiple sources; and • The number and percentage of students to be affected by this partnership. This baseline data must be determined using a current assessment of teacher quality and professional development needs. This section will include a description of the methods used to collect this information. The results of this comprehensive assessment must be used in the establishment of the goals and objectives for this proposal.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 11
  14. 14. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application D. Partnership Project Goals and Objectives (Rubric Section 2) Describe the specific long-term and short-term goals and objectives of the program. Link these goals and objectives to the professional development needs of the teachers. This section must include time-sensitive measurable objectives that will be accomplished and indicate progress toward: • Reducing the number of teachers who are not adequately prepared to teach mathematics, while increasing the number of teachers who are adequately prepared to teach mathematics; and • Increasing the academic achievement of students taught by the teachers involved in the program. E. Research/Evidence Base and Efficacy of Plan to Increase Student Achievement (Rubric Section 3) Partnership implementation plans must include: • A description of prior efforts to improve teacher content knowledge and student achievement in mathematics, lessons learned from these prior efforts, and how this project will relate to and build on those efforts; • Evidence that the planned activities will address identified measurable outcomes through clear strategies that provide roadmaps to achieving both the long- and short-term goals and objectives of the project; • A description of how the activities to be carried out by the eligible partnership will be based on a review of scientifically based research, and an explanation of how the activities are expected to improve student academic achievement and strengthen the quality of mathematics instruction; • A description of the targeted concepts and a timeline of all the professional development activities including the number, types, duration, intensity, and responsible party; • An explanation of how these activities will be aligned with the targeted Alaska Mathematics Content & Performance Standards, the Alaska Professional Teaching Standards, and the National Staff Development Council Standards; • A description that illustrates how the design of the professional development provides for work-embedded application of new learning, continuous reflection, and ongoing support; • Evidence that the professional development is rigorous and challenging in academic content and also develops pedagogical content knowledge (evidence of rigor and challenge should be present in the sample lesson plan, description, and timeline); and • Evidence that the design includes the following elements: Learn the Content, Reinforce the Content Learning, Consolidate the Learning, and Implement the Content. Include a sample activity plan that addresses all four elements.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 12
  15. 15. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application F. Partnership Evaluation and Accountability Plan (Rubric Section 4) The federal program requires that each partnership develop and implement an evaluation plan that serves both formative and summative functions. Rigorous evaluations and accountability have become central aspects of programs funded by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). In particular, the USDOE strongly encourages the use of random assignment evaluation designs in which intervention and comparison groups are constructed by randomly assigning some teachers to participate in the program activities and others to not participate. Random assignment from a pool of volunteers to intervention and comparison groups (at least 30 participants in each group) is an acceptable form of randomization for the purposes of this evaluation. Adequate recruitment must take place to compensate for attrition rates. In cases where random assignment is not practical, USDOE suggests the use of a comparison group of teachers that are carefully matched (prior to the implementation of the intervention) to the targeted population. Matching characteristics should include academic achievement levels, demographics, and other characteristics thought to be relevant to the intervention (e.g. teachers’ years of classroom experience). Comparison groups should not be comprised of teachers that had the opportunity to participate in the intervention but declined. Each partnership will report at least annually to EED and to the USDOE regarding its progress in meeting the objectives and annual targets described in the partnership’s accountability plan. Local evaluation must include tools that will be used to assess the program’s progress and measure the effect of the professional development. The annual report will include documents and tools developed by the partnership. Grantees are expected to participate in EED’s overall evaluation of Alaska’s MSP Program. Participation includes meeting at designated times during the year and working with the state’s MSP Program Manager (e.g. using common data tools, providing data, submitting reports). Each project must use the required state instruments. Teacher content knowledge will be pre-assessed by using the Applied Mathematics WIN or KeyTrain program. ACT WorkKeys® in Applied Mathematics will be used as the post assessment. This requirement includes pretesting and post testing both intervention and comparison groups. The submission of a self-assessments of pre- and post- videotaped classroom mathematics lessons by the intervention group is required. Growth in student content knowledge will be evaluated using standards-based assessment results. In addition, each grantee must provide required data to the USDOE. Describe the experimental design in detail, including the implementation. The plan will include evaluation procedures that measure: • Student academic achievement in mathematics; • Teacher content knowledge and implementation efforts; • Progress toward meeting the goals and objectives established in response to the identified needs. Include plans for both formative and summative evaluation. In the formative sense, evaluation should provide evidence of the strengths and weaknesses of the project, informing the partnership’s understanding of what works and what does not in order to guide project modifications as needed. The evaluation should also be designed to respond to the summativeForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 13
  16. 16. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application need for an objective analysis of data in order to determine the effectiveness of the project in contributing to student and teacher growth. Identify and describe the qualifications of the organization and/or individuals responsible for executing the evaluation plan both internally and externally. The evaluation plan must also clearly articulate how the activities will help the MSP Program build a rigorous, cumulative, reproducible, and usable body of findings. Due to the significance of this section, if any indicators are scored below “Meets Standard” (see rubric), the grant proposal may be rejected. G. Commitment and Capacity of Partnership (Rubric Section 5) This section must show evidence of meaningful partnerships that exhibit characteristics including, but not limited to, the following: • Evidence that all partners participated in long-term planning for and development of this proposal; • Evidence that all partners will play a role in the ongoing planning, delivery, and evaluation of the proposed project; • Identification of all staff who will carry out the proposed activities and the specific institutional resources to support the activities. Vitas for each key partner’s staff will be submitted along with a completed Partner Contributions and Commitments for Each Participating Partner Form. Include a narrative of the roles of the partners and their duties and responsibilities related to the goals and the objectives of the project; • Recruitment of teacher participants must begin by the LEA before submitting the proposal. Evidence of a good-faith effort of recruitment by the partners must be submitted using the Teacher Assurance Form; • Description of the partnership’s governance structure specific to decision-making, communication, and fiscal responsibilities; • Description included on the Private School Participation Form how the private schools were consulted; and • A detailed description of how the partnership will continue the activities funded under this proposal after the grant period has expired. This description must include a plan for building leadership capacity both at the principal and teacher levels. H. Partnership Budget and Cost Effectiveness (Rubric Section 6) Submit one budget and narrative for the partnership showing how the funds will be spent during the first grant period. The budget should be tied to the scope and requirements of the project and provide sufficient detail for each partner. A 12-month project budget (7/1/10 through 6/30/11) must be submitted on the form available at http://www.eed.state.ak.us/forms/Grants/05-07-071.xls. The budget must include detailed line-item descriptions. The amount contained in each budget category must be commensurate with the services or goals proposed, and the overall cost of the project must match the professional development provided and the number of teachers served. The budget must fund an evaluation and key partnership staff to participate in at least two state technical assistance meetings in Anchorage and one regional MSP meetings. A brief summary of the budget outlining the costs of each category with totals for each partner must be provided in the narrative portion. Matching and in-kind contributions are taken into positive consideration during review for project funding. Include descriptions of all such contributions in the narrative.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 14
  17. 17. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application I. Certification of Assurances J. Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Demonstrated Effectiveness Document (if appropriate) K. General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) 427 Statement L. Private School Participation FormStep 4: Submit the application electronically as an e-mail attachment in PDF format. Electronicapplications are due by 4:30 p.m., Alaska Daylight Time, on May 14, 2010. Send e-mail with attachedapplication to tech.plan@alaska.gov.Alternatively, applicants may submit one original application for receipt at the Alaska Department ofEducation & Early Development by 4:30 p.m., Alaska Daylight Time, on May 14, 2010. Send ordeliver hard copy application items to: Maureen Leiter Division of Teaching & Learning Support Alaska Department of Education & Early Development 801 West Tenth Avenue, Suite 200 • PO Box 110500 Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500Step 5: Complete and sign the Mathematics and Science Partnership Application Assurance Sheetincluded in this application package. Complete and submit both the GEPA 427 and Private SchoolParticipation Forms. The original signed Application Assurance Sheet must be faxed in time for receiptat EED by 4:30 p.m. on May 14, 2010. A hardcopy can follow in the regular mail.  Note: Applications, either hard copy or electronic, that are received after this time/date will not be considered unless applicant can provide an independent verification from U.S. Post Office or delivery service that the delivery would have met the required deadline, but was unavoidably detained by weather, the carrier’s mechanical failure, or unavoidable catastrophe. It is strongly recommended that applicants use a delivery method that produces a dated delivery receipt. The Department of Education & Early Development is not responsible for the failures of transmission, either to occur or to occur correctly, of electronically submitted applications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that an electronic application has been received at the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development by the due date and time.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 15
  18. 18. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application Application Cover PageProject Title:Project Director:District Fiscal Agent for the Partnership:Address:Phone: Fax:E-mail:Principal Partners:School of Arts &Sciences:High-Needs LEA:Funds requested for year one of this project: $Anticipated Number of Participants: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total Teachers to be served directly Students to be served Title I-A students to be served Postsecondary facultySignatures by Authorizing Officials:Dean of School of Arts & Sciences Signature DateSuperintendent of High Needs Local Education Agency Signature DateForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 16
  19. 19. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application Program AbstractProject Title:Project Director:District Fiscal Agent for the Partnership:In one page or less, please state the goals and objectives of the project, the major activities, the plannedparticipants, and the anticipated outcomes.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 17
  20. 20. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationPartner Contributions and CommitmentsREQUIRED PARTNERSHigh-Needs LEA (Required):District (Schools):Primary Contact:Title:Mailing Address:Phone:Fax:E-mail:Describe how the high-needs LEA will support the partnership activities, such as: assist with identifying andrecruiting teachers who need to increase content knowledge, provide detailed teacher and/or student data to thepartnership for purposes of analysis/evaluation, supply materials for classroom use, link MSP content work toindividual teachers’ professional development plans, provide time for teachers to meet and plan, or arrange forrelease time for teachers to take pre-tests and post-tests, meet with other administrators and teacher partners toassess future professional development needs, etc.Printed Name and Signature of Superintendent of High-Needs LEASignature DatePrinted Name TitleDepartmentPhone Number Fax NumberE-mail AddressForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 18
  21. 21. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationREQUIRED PARTNERS – continuedMathematics Department/Faculty of an Institution of Higher Education (Required)Institution:Department:Primary Contact:Title:Mailing Address:Phone:Fax:E-mail:Describe what supports the institution will provide to enhance partnership activities; such as: faculty to plan,present, and evaluate professional development, onsite support for teachers during school year, etc.Printed Name and Authorized Signature of Chairperson of the Mathematics Department of partnerinstitution:Signature DatePrinted Name TitleDepartmentPhone Number Fax NumberE-mail AddressForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 19
  22. 22. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationADDITIONAL PARTNERS (Duplicate this form for each additional partner)Partner:Primary Contact:Title:Mailing Address:Phone:Fax:E-mail:Describe the role of this partner and describe specific ways that this partner will support the partnershipactivities.Printed Name and Authorized Signature of partner organization:Signature DatePrinted Name TitleDepartmentPhone Number Fax NumberE-mail AddressForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 20
  23. 23. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationTeacher Assurance FormPlease complete one form for each selected school meeting high-needs criteria. (Expand or duplicate formas needed.)School Name: LEA Name:The following teachers have reviewed, discussed, and agreed to their part in implementing the MSP Planthat is being proposed by their LEA: Name Title Signature 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 21
  24. 24. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationCertificate of AssurancesThe Certificate of Assurances must be completed by the Chief Executive Officer of each member of thepartnership applying.I hereby provide assurances to the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED) that ifthe partnership receives an award under the terms of the Title II, Part B Mathematics and SciencePartnership competitive grant program of the No Child Left Behind Act 2001, my organization will: 1. Conduct the professional development activities as described in this proposal; 2. Provide institutional/organization funding and resources as stated in this application; 3. Comply with state requirements regarding the audit of a grant-funded program; 4. Keep all records necessary for fiscal and program auditing and give EED, the Federal Agency, or the State Auditor access to and the right to examine all records, books, papers, or documents, related to this grant; 5. Retain all fiscal records for a period of seven years; 6. Comply with all regulations and requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act; 7. Comply with the administrative procedures and fiscal guidelines of EED and the United States Department of Education, including submission of final performance reports; 8. Use grant funds to supplement, and not supplant, funds from non-federal sources; 9. Comply with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000d) prohibiting employment discriminatory practices will result in unequal treatment of persons who are or should be benefiting from the grant aided activity; and 10. Ensure equitable participation of personnel from non-public schools to the extent feasible.Partner OrganizationNameTitleSignature DateForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 22
  25. 25. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationNon-Profit Organization Effectiveness DocumentIf a non-profit organization (NPO) is part of the Eligible Partnerships Grant, then under federalregulations, each NPO must furnish the following written evidence: 1) past demonstrated effectivenessin providing professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, and/or principals 2) financialstability as outlined below.1. Documentation of Past Effectiveness a. Name of Project b. Dates of Operation c. City/State of Operation d. Number of Participants e. One-Page Summary of Course/Workshop Content and Activities f. Evidence of Project Outcomes, e.g., such as a final evaluation report of project effectiveness or documentation of improved student outcomes2. Documentation of Financial Stability a. Complete Copy of Organization’s most recent independently reviewed financial statement b. Evidence of nonprofit corporate status from the Alaska Secretary of State.I hereby provide assurances that the attached evidence accurately reflects the fiscal stability anddemonstrated effectiveness of this organization.OrganizationName of Chief Executive OfficerSignature/DateForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 23
  26. 26. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationGeneral Education Provisions Act (GEPA) StatementA new provision, Section 427, in the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA) applies to applicantsfor new grant awards under federal programs. This provision requires each application for funds toinclude a description of the steps the applicant proposes to take to ensure equitable access to, andparticipation in, its federally-assisted program for students, teachers, and other program beneficiarieswith special needs. The statute highlights six types of barriers that can impede equitable access orparticipation: gender, race, national origin, color, disability, or age. It allows applicants discretion indeveloping the required description. Examples that may help illustrate how an applicant may complywith Section 427 can be found at http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/gepa427.doc.The following two questions are provided to assist applicants in developing this statement: 1. What are the identified barriers from the six types above or others preventing access or participation in the federally funded project based on local circumstances? 2. What actions are planned to overcome these identified barriers (this need not be lengthy; a clear, succinct description to address those barriers as applicable to local circumstances is anticipated)?Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 24
  27. 27. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationPrivate School Participation FormUnder NCLB, districts must conduct timely and meaningful consultations with appropriate officials ofprivate schools in order to determine what services, if any, will be provided to eligible children,families, and teachers in those schools under the Mathematics and Science Partnership program fundedby this application.Districts must maintain a written record, signed by the private school official, of the requiredconsultations with participating private schools. Private schools refusing participation should be askedto do so by written response. Records declining participation must be kept on file in the district office.The records must be made available to the state for monitoring purposes.The Title IX Guidance on Equitable Services to Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and OtherEducational Personnel is located on the U.S. Department of Education’s website athttp://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/guid/equitableserguidance.doc. 1. Are any nonpublic schools in your district participating in federal program(s) covered by this application? Yes No N/A 2. Describe how the district consulted with private school representatives during all phases of the development and design of projects covered by the application. For those schools choosing to participate, describe how the children to receive benefits were identified, how the children’s needs will be identified, and what benefits will be provided. 3. If the answer to #1 is yes, list all the private schools in your district and the number of students who have been identified as eligible to benefit from projects included in this application (low- achieving students, not necessarily low-income students). Total # of Students # of Teachers Willing to Number Identified to Identified to Name/Location Participate Enrolled Benefit Benefit K-12Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 25
  28. 28. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationSection III: AttachmentsDefinitionsEligible Partnership: This term includes a private or public institution of higher education school ofarts and sciences; and a high-needs local educational agency. It may include another LEA, a privateschool, a public elementary or secondary school, a community or technical college, an educationalservice agency, a nonprofit educational organization, another institution of higher education, a school ofarts and sciences within such an institution, the division of such an institution that prepares teachers andprincipals, a nonprofit cultural organization, an entity carrying out a pre-kindergarten program, ateacher organization, a principal organization, or a business.Eligible School: A school is designated as an eligible school if-- 1. There is evidence of teachers with limited mathematics content knowledge or who are not endorsed in mathematics and the school has not achieved the annual measurable objective (AMO) for mathematics composite scores school-wide for the purpose of AYP during the last two years. OR 2. There is evidence of teachers with limited mathematics content knowledge or who are not endorsed in mathematics and the school has a history of low test scores in mathematics (SBAs) and 35% or more of students identified in the proposal scored below proficient on assessments of student achievement in mathematics (SBAs).The evidence used to establish eligibility must use recent data on student academic achievement andteacher qualifications. Mathematics assessment data must be used.Four Elements of the Professional Development Design: The four elements are described below: • During “Learn the Content,” teachers are actively engaged in doing mathematics. Teachers view the content in terms of problem-solving and reasoning. Teachers are involved in a content-based workshop each day of the professional development. The topics are chosen according to need and are taught by college faculty or a combination of college faculty and other qualified personnel. The workshop portion of the day involves a mixture of whole-group instruction and small-group activity that provides teachers with a supportive learning environment. • During “Reinforce the Content Learning,” teachers work in small groups on a set of problems or an activity based on the topic of the workshop. Participants begin developing their discourse in both spoken and written forms of communication. They learn precision in language as they are expected to explain and defend their thinking among peers, and they experience that mathematical or scientific thinking can occur without the instructor. Each small group is expected to share some of their findings with the whole group. • During “Consolidate the Learning,” teachers experience different ways of learning the content in the context of doing mathematics so they understand the different learning styles of their students. Journal writing can be used as a means to experience quiet introspection. Participants reflect and write about their learning. In addition to individual introspection, learning is enhanced through acknowledgement of content that remains unclear and continued discussionsForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 26
  29. 29. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application about the content. Alternative ways of thinking about the content are also explored during this time. • During “Implement the Content,” teachers are given the opportunity to experience teacher- tested, age-appropriate classroom demonstrations and/or lessons on the topics they just learned, and to discuss other ways of bringing the content into their classrooms. Teachers may examine their adopted mathematics program during this time to determine how their new content knowledge/materials will integrate with their required teaching materials. Connections to others strands and concepts and curricular areas can also be explored at this time.High-Quality Professional Development: The term “high-quality professional development” meansinstructional activities that 1. are based on scientifically based research and state academic content standards, student academic achievement standards and assessment; 2. improve and increase teachers’ knowledge of the academic subjects they teach; 3. enable teachers to become highly qualified; and 4. are sustained, intensive, and classroom-focused in order to have a positive and lasting impact on classroom instruction and the teacher’s performance in the classroom.High-Needs Local Education Agency: A school district is designated as a high-needs local educationagency if the district’s school(s) selected for this projected is an eligible school for the purpose of theMSP grant. In addition, the school(s) must meet one set of the criteria listed in the definition of aneligible school.Scientifically Based Research: The term “scientifically based research” means research that involvesthe application of rigorous, systematic, and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid knowledgerelevant to education activities and programs and includes research that: • Employs systematic, empirical methods that draw upon observation or experiment; • Involves rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the stated hypotheses and justify the general conclusions drawn; • Relies on measurements or observational methods that provide reliable and valid data across evaluators and observers, across multiple measurements and observations, and across studies by the same or different investigators; • Is evaluated using experimental or quasi-experimental designs in which individuals, entities, programs, or activities are assigned to different conditions, with appropriate controls to evaluate the effects of the condition of interest and with a preference for random-assignment experiments or other designs to the extent that those designs contain within-condition or across-condition controls; • Ensures that experimental studies are presented in sufficient detail and clarity to allow for replication or, at minimum, to offer the opportunity to build systematically on their findings; • Has been accepted by a peer-reviewed journal or approved by a panel of independent experts through a comparably rigorous, objective, and scientific review.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 27
  30. 30. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationResourcesThe following resources have been identified as containing information that may be beneficial whendeveloping MSP grant proposals. However, each partnership team will need to assess and selectresources/references that best align to the needs of their targeted population.Alaska Career Ready for information concerning KeyTrain, WIN, and WorkKeys®http://www.careerready.alaska.gov/Alaska Mathematics Content and Performance Standardshttp://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/pdf/standards.pdfAlaska Professional Teaching Standardshttp://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/pdf/teacher.pdfCouncil of Chief State School Officers: Improving Evaluation of Professional Development Project -http://www.ccsso.org/projects/Improving_Evaluation_of_Professional_Development/Data Interaction for Alaska Student Assessments (DIASA)https://solutions1.emetric.net/Alaska/Default.aspxMa, Liping Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics: Teacher’s Understanding of FundamentalMathematics in China and the United States, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999, Mahwah, NJ.MSPNet Library - http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/libraryMSPNet Resources - http://hub.mspnet.org/index.cfm/resourcesNational Staff Development Council Standardshttp://www.nsdc.org/standards/Title IIB Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program Description from the U.S. Department ofEducation - http://www.ed.gov/programs/mathsci/index.htmlWhat Works Clearing House – http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Wu, Hung-Hsi. “Professional Development of Mathematics Teachers” Notices of the AMS, Vol. 46,Number 5, May 1999. (p. 535-542) Available at http://www.ams.org/notices/199905/fea-wu.pdfForm # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 28
  31. 31. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationApplication Scoring RubricIncentive points: Although not a federally mandated requirement for the grant, Alaska will award incentive points to proposals submitted bypartnerships which include two or more high-needs districts representing both rural and urban. *Up to 4 points can be added at thediscretion of the review team based on the quality of the partnership which includes two or more high need districts representingboth rural and urban Alaska.1. Partnership Needs AssessmentThe needs assessment should indicate a clear statement of needs derived from multiple sources and multiple years, if available.Criteria Exceeds Standard Meets Standard Below Standard1a. Baseline data 5 points 4 points 0 points There is clear evidence of baseline There is clear evidence of baseline Limited baseline data is given. Needs data from 3 or more teacher and/or data from 2 teacher and/or student identified are not adequately supported student sources (i.e., norm-referenced sources (i.e., norm-referenced by evidence. assessments, SBA results, district assessments, SBA results, district benchmark assessments, college benchmark assessments, college transcripts) to support mathematics transcripts) to support mathematics education needs of the school education needs of the school population. Both teacher and student population. Both teacher and student data are provided. Number and data are provided. Number and percentage of students to be affected percentage of students to be affected per site is indicated. Specific student per site is indicated. Specific student learning needs are provided. Data is learning needs are provided. Data is disaggregated by concept and school. disaggregated by concept and school.1b. Identification of professional 4 points 3 points 0 pointsdevelopment needs In addition to the criteria for “Meets Provides information on the number of Vague or limited information is given Standard,” the needs assessment also teachers lacking sufficient content about the number of teachers lacking includes a correlation between knowledge in mathematics. sufficient content knowledge in teachers’ content knowledge in mathematics. mathematics and student achievement.1c. Prioritization of professional 3 points 2 points 0 pointsdevelopment needs There is clear evidence included that Some evidence is provided to show Limited or no evidence is given to partners have collectively determined that the targeted professional indicate why the partnership selected which professional development needs development needs were selected with the targeted professional development are of the highest priority and will be input from project partners. needs. addressed by the project.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 29
  32. 32. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application2. Partnership Project Goals and Objectives:The project goals and objectives should be closely linked to the professional development needs of the teachers.Criteria Exceeds Standard Meets Standard Below Standard2a. Description of the project’s goals 5 points 4 points 0 pointsand objectives Goals are clear and objectives are Goals and objectives are well defined Goals or objectives are poorly designed specific, measurable, attainable, and measurable. and/or not measurable. results-oriented, time bound.2b. Project is designed to achieve goals 5 points 4 points 0 pointsand objectives Goals and objectives are specifically Goals and objectives are linked to the Goals or objectives are poorly linked to the individual professional professional development needs of the correlated with the needs assessment. development needs of the teachers. teachers.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 30
  33. 33. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant Application3. Research/Evidence Base and Efficacy of Plan to Increase Student Achievement:The plan for professional development should be guided by research and the Alaska Content and Performance Standards, ProfessionalTeaching Standards and the National Staff Development Council Standards. The carefully designed activities should link to the goals andobjectives of the plan with emphasis on content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.Criteria Exceeds Standard Meets Standard Below Standard3a. Connecting prior professional 3 points 2 points 0 pointsdevelopment efforts to proposed Provides detailed description of prior Describes prior efforts to improve Does not adequately address priorproject efforts to improve teacher content teacher content knowledge and student efforts to improve teacher content knowledge and student achievement in achievement in mathematics and knowledge and student achievement in mathematics, lessons learned from relates how this project will build on mathematic and/or how this project these prior efforts, and how this those efforts. will build on those efforts. project will build on those efforts.3b. Activities are linked to goals and 5 points 4 points 0 pointsobjectives of proposal Provides specific and clear activities Evidence is provided that activities Little or no correlation is made that link the goals and objectives will lead to achievement of the goals between activities and achievement of stated in the project and the data and objectives. the project’s goals or objectives. provided by the needs assessment.3c. Supporting research linking 6 points 5 points 0 pointsprofessional development strategies Clearly outlines how the professional Includes clearly documented evidence- Proposal includes references butand increased student achievement in development strategies are valid and based research that the professional provides little evidence of researchmathematics reliable, based on cited evidence-based development strategies will improve linking professional development research and how the project will instruction and increase student strategies to increased student enable teachers to improve instruction achievement in mathematics. achievement in mathematics. and increase student academic achievement in mathematic.3d. Description and timeline of 4 points 3 points 0 pointsprofessional development activities Includes a clear and detailed Includes a general description and Includes an incomplete description description and timeline of all the timeline of all the professional and/or timeline. professional development activities development activities including the including the number, types, duration, number, types, duration, intensity and intensity and responsible partner. responsible partner.3e. Planned activities are aligned with 5 points 4 points 0 pointsAlaska Content and Performance Includes a clear and detailed Describes professional development Provides a limited description of howStandards description of how the proposed that is aligned to the Alaska the professional development is professional development will Mathematics Standards. aligned to the Alaska Mathematics incorporate the targeted Alaska Standards. Mathematics Standards.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 31
  34. 34. Title II, Part B Mathematics & Science Partnership (MSP) Competitive Grant ApplicationCriteria Exceeds Standard Meets Standard Below Standard3f. Planned activities are aligned with 3 points 2 points 0 pointsAlaska Professional Teaching Describes a detailed plan that clearly Describes how the proposed Does not provide sufficient evidenceStandards and the National Staff illustrates how the proposed professional development is aligned describing how the proposedDevelopment Council Standards professional development is aligned with the Alaska Professional Teaching professional development is aligned with the Alaska Professional Teaching Standards and the National Staff with the Alaska Professional Teaching Standards and the National Staff Development Council Standards, and Standards and the National Staff Development Council Standards, and provides for work-embedded Development Council Standards, or provides for work-embedded application of new learning, does not provide for work-embedded application of new learning, continuous reflection, and ongoing application of new learning, continuous reflection, and ongoing support. continuous reflection, and ongoing support. support.3g. Planned activities contain rigor and 6 points 5 points 0 pointschallenging content and develop Includes evidence that the professional Includes evidence that the professional Provides limited evidence that thepedagogical content knowledge development is rigorous and development is rigorous and professional development is rigorous challenging in academic content and challenging in academic content and or challenging in academic content explicitly addresses knowledge of also develops pedagogical content and/or focuses mainly on pedagogy. content and students and knowledge of knowledge. (Evidence of rigor and content and teaching. (Evidence of challenge should be in the sample rigor and challenge should be in the lesson plan, description and timeline.) sample lesson plan, description and timeline.)3h. Design elements for planned 3 points 2 points 0 pointsactivities Proposed plan is aligned to a Proposed plan is aligned to a Proposed plan is aligned to a professional development design that professional development design that professional development design that fully develops these 4 elements (see includes these 4 elements (see is missing one or more of these 4 Definitions): Definitions): elements (see Definitions): • Learn the Content • Learn the Content • Learn the Content • Reinforce the Content Learning • Reinforce the Content Learning • Reinforce the Content Learning • Consolidate the Learning • Consolidate the Learning • Consolidate the Learning • Implement the Content • Implement the Content • Implement the Content Provides within sample lesson plan Provides within sample lesson plan Or, sample lesson plan does not evidence that all four elements are evidence that all four elements are provide evidence that all four elements addressed. Description of activities addressed. Description of activities are addressed and/or do not indicate and timelines demonstrate the and timelines demonstrate the that all sessions contain Learn the implementation of the 4 elements and implementation of the 4 elements and Content and Reinforce the Content indicate that all offerings (summer and indicate that some offerings contain Learning. academic year) contain Learn the Learn the Content and Reinforce the Content and Reinforce the Content Content Learning. Learning.*Up to 4 points can be added by the review team based on the quality and quantity of professional development activities planned forsummer and fall 2010.Form # 05-10-052 Title II-B MSP Competitive Grant ApplicationAlaska Department of Education & Early Development page 32

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