Illinois Math Science Partnership FY 2010 RFP Proposal Directives

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Illinois Math Science Partnership. This program is designed to improve student performance in the areas of mathematics and science.The primary focus of this program is to improve the content knowledge and pedagogical skills of K-12 Math and Science Teachers.IMSP also provides an excellent opportunity to bring K-12 teachers together with college professors, scientists, mathematicians and engineers in order to make marked improvements in teaching and learning..

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1. Illinois Math Science Partnership FY 2010 RFP Proposal Directives Illinois State Board of Education http://www.isbe.net/ Gil Downey, Principal Consultant Curriculum and Instruction Division http://www.isbe.net/curriculum/ 217/557-7323 [email protected]

2. Illinois Math Science Partnership This program is designed to improve student performance in the areas of mathematics and science. The primary focus of this program is to improve the content knowledge and pedagogical skills of K-12 Math and Science Teachers. IMSP also provides an excellent opportunity to bring K-12 teachers together with college professors, scientists, mathematicians and engineers in order to make marked improvements in teaching and learning.

3. IMSP FY10 RFP Applicants that are awarded the FY 2010 IMSP grant are expected to successfully implement their innovative programs in the fall of 2009 with a cohort comprised of a minimum of 25 teachers with an Illinois teaching certificate who are assigned to K-12 math, science and/or engineering classes. Each applicant must develop a proposal for a *specialized graduate teaching program that meets institutional and state requirements for teacher preparation programs, and federal requirements for IMSP. The proposal must integrate content knowledge of mathematics and science with appropriate and innovative pedagogical content knowledge. It must interweave leadership skills and educational research foundations with classroom applications. In order to receive an IMSP grant, the applicant must present evidence in its proposal that the IHE where the program will be implemented has approved the proposed project. It is recommended that the proposed curriculum of specialized graduate degree program also include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts and objectives. * Specialized graduate degree program refers to designing a degree that does not currently exist (i.e., Teaching HS Math offered in the Math Department).

4. Illinois Math Science Partnership The IMSP is designed to make a difference in the academic performance of students in a High-Need district / school. The IMSP also provides an excellent opportunity to develop and integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts for new courses as well as existing middle and high school science and math courses.

5. Illinois Math Science Partnership IMSP Goals Improve teacher’s subject matter knowledge, strengthen the quality of mathematics and science instruction and promote student academic achievement in math and science; and Promote strong teaching skills through access to the expertise of mathematicians, scientists and engineers and their technologies and resources, including integrating reliable scientifically based research teaching methods and technologically-based teaching methods into curriculum; and Increase the understanding and application of scientifically based educational research pertinent to mathematics and science teaching and learning.

6. Eligible Applicants Partnerships are comprised of: IHE Engineering, Math or Science Department High-Need LEA May also include: IHE Education Department ROE’s, ISC’s, Business, Industry, Non-Profit Organization

7. Grant Award / Period Funding for the implementation of the IMSP will not exceed $250,000 per fiscal year with an additional $50,000 available in FY 2012 to refine the program for partnership sustainability and conclude the required evaluation. The grant period will begin no sooner than September 1, 2009, and will extend from the execution date of the grant until August 31, 2010. Funding will be available for two additional fiscal years, contingent upon a sufficient appropriation for the program and satisfactory progress in the preceding grant period.

8. Application Deadline Mail the original and five copies to Illinois State Board of Education, 100 North First Street, C-215, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001, Attn: Gil Downey, Illinois Math Science Partnership, to ensure receipt no later than 4:30 p.m. May 1, 2009. Proposals also may be hand-delivered to the following locations: Springfield Office Chicago Office Information Center Reception Area 1st Floor Suite 14-300 100 North First Street 100 West Randolph Street

9. Proposal Format Partnership Cover Page Partnership Commitments Proposal Abstract Worksheet Proposal Narrative Budget Summary and Payment Schedule Budget Narrative Certificates and Assurances

10. Partnership Cover Page Attachment 1 - To be completed by the LEAD ORGANIZATION of partnership - Fiscal / Administrative Agency refers to School or Department - Fiscal / Administrative Agent refers to Provost or Dean (as appropriate to proposing organization) - Project Contact refers to person(s) leading the partnership Complete all required information Read and understand Assurances All documents must bear original signature

11. Partnership Commitments Attachment 2A and 2B 2A This form requires commitment signatures from the head person of the various schools / departments of the IHE participating in the IMSP project 2B This form requires commitment signatures from the superintendent(s) of the High-Need LEA(s) All documents must bear original signature

12. 3. Proposal Abstract Worksheet This form provides a concise description of the project’s grade level and subject area focus along with contact information for all leaders of the partnership.

13. 4. Proposal Narrative Clearly develop each section as described in the RFP. 15 page maximum for proposal narrative Charts and tables may be included as appropriate (examples of required tables on following slides) Appendices A and B provide valuable information for completing the Evaluation Section of the RFP

14. 4. Proposal Narrative Partnership Indicate the composition of the partnership and the role of each member of the team in developing the project proposal, and in its implementation and evaluation. Provide resume or describe qualifications of participants. Needs Assessment Describe the process used to conduct the comprehensive assessment of teacher quality and professional development needs of the LEA(s) participating in the project. Indicate the data analyzed to determine need. Summarize the results of the needs assessment and how that information was used to develop the proposed project. Proposed Program Provide a detailed description of the IMSP graduate teaching program to be implemented. Include all elements described in RFP. Examples of required tables follow:

15. C. Proposed Program Proposals must include a timeline detailing the specific courses to be offered as part of the graduate program. The Proposed Program page(s) are not considered part of the narrative maximum page limit. Include all activities that take place as a part of the implementation of the grant, (i.e. assessments, reports, beginning dates for courses, etc.) Did you mean course for column 2 and not activity?Did you mean course for column 2 and not activity?

16. C. Proposed Program The Proposed Courses Table should include the following information: course description method of delivery (i.e. classroom, on-line) course status (new, existing with refinement or existing) Each course should be submitted on a separate page. The Proposed Courses Table is not included in the maximum page count of the narrative.

18. C. Proposed Program The proposal must include qualifications of teachers in the proposed program and the courses they will teach. The Proposed Teacher Qualifications Table should be submitted on a separate sheet from the proposal narrative.

19. Slide 19 needs column for proposed course teacher will have in MSP programSlide 19 needs column for proposed course teacher will have in MSP program

20. 4. Proposal Narrative Leadership Skills and Talent It is an expectation of the IMSP that the teachers that graduate from the program will be prepared and confident to go back to their departments, schools and districts and lead quality professional development in order to affect positive change in student achievement beyond the boundaries of their classroom. Sustainability Describe how the program will be continued when federal funding ends. How will your program continue to prepare teachers with a program rich in high quality content and pedagogy? Evaluation A thorough description of the framework for expected evaluation of the program is available at the following portal: http://www.evalsolutions.net/Portal/Default.aspx?alias=www.evalsolutions.net/portal/imsp Click on Current Evaluation Goals and Framework document What do you want for each of these points? Move evaluation strategies to own slide.What do you want for each of these points? Move evaluation strategies to own slide.

21. Action Research Action research is a required activity for IMSP. “Action Research is a process in which participants examine their own educational practice systematically and carefully, using the techniques of research.” (Watts, 1985, p118) An expected outcome of effective professional development is a change in practice. Action Research will be one activity that ensures professional educators will identify an instructional strategy to test its effectiveness in achieving gains in student learning. There are several excellent resources providing thorough information about Action Research. http://www.alliance.brown.edu/pubs/themes_ed/act_research.pdf http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/sod/car/carhomepage.html

22. Budget Summary and Payment Schedule Attachment 4 Use the forms provided. (Printers should be set to landscape prior to printing.) References: State and Federal Grant Administration Policy and Fiscal Requirements Procedures Handbook, General Grant Information Frequently Asked Questions (links on Attachment 4)

23. Budgets will need to be constructed based upon the size of the proposed cohort. Maximum award is determined by size of cohort. In order to qualify for 100% of the award, the cohort has to have 25 or more participants. Provide a cohort list with teacher name, school and teaching assignment on a separate page. It is understood by ISBE that attrition will occur during the course of the program. It is recommended that a program recruit a cohort larger than 25 in order to maintain minimum requirements for cohort level. If a proposal is awarded and continued funding is approved for a project, subsequent budgets (FY11 and FY12) will need to reflect the current number of cohort members at the time FY11 and FY12 budgets are submitted. 5. Budget Summary and Payment Schedule

24. Complete all required information for the administrative agency: Region, County, District, Type Code; Submission date; Fiscal/Administrative Agency; City; Contact Person; Telephone and FAX numbers; and E-Mail address for the Contact. Transfer budget information from budget narrative page (Attachment 6) to appropriate function and object cells. Budget Summary and Payment Schedule - Attachment 4

25. 5. Budget Summary and Payment Schedule - Attachment 4 Use only whole numbers Add columns and lines Complete payment schedule to evenly distribute salaries for the months they will be needed Original signature of the Chief Administrative Officer is required on Attachment 4

26. 6. Budget Narrative Use ISBE’s State and Federal Grant Administration Policy and Fiscal Requirements and Procedures Handbook to place the expenditures on the proper line (function number) and in the proper column (object number). http://www.isbe.net/funding/pdf/fiscal_procedure_handbk.pdf

27. Function: The action or purpose for which a person or thing is used or exists. Function 2210 Improvement of Instruction Services: Activities which are designed primarily for assisting instructional staff in planning, developing and evaluating the instructional process. Function 2300 General Administration: Activities concerned with establishing and administering policy in connection with operating the local education agency. Function 2620 Planning, Research, Development & Evaluation Services: Those activities associated with conducting and managing programs of planning, research, development and evaluation. Function 4000 Payments to Other Districts and Governmental Units: Payments to LEAs, generally for tuition, transportation and all other services rendered to pupils residing in the paying LEA.

28. Object: Service or commodity obtained as a result of a specific purpose. Obj. 100: Salaries: Amounts paid to permanent, temporary or substitute employees on the payroll of the local education agency (LEA). Obj. 200: Employee Benefits: Amounts paid by the LEA on behalf of employees; these amounts are not included in the gross salary, but are over and above. Obj. 300: Purchased Services: Amounts paid for personal services rendered by personnel who are not on the payroll of the LEA and other services which the LEA may purchase.

29. Object: Service or commodity obtained as a result of a specific purpose. Obj. 400: Supplies & Materials: Amounts paid for material items of an expendable nature that are consumed, worn out, or deteriorated in use or items that lose their identity through fabrication or incorporation into different or more complex units or substances. Obj. 500: Capital Outlay: Expenditures for the acquisition of fixed assets or additions to fixed assets. Obj. 700: Non-Capitalized Equipment: Items that would be classified as capital assets except that they cost less than the capitalization threshold adopted by the school board but more than the $500 minimum value established for purposes of calculating per capita costs.

30. Example of Explanation of Benefits

31. 6. Budget Narrative Use the ISBE handbooks referenced to place the expenditures in the proper locations. Please include any additional documentation for expenditures in order to clarify the expenses (on separate document).

32. 7. Certificates and Assurances / Other Required Documents Attachments 6-10 These required forms must contain original signature of the Lead Organization’s Authorized Official.

33. Proposal Evaluation Process A committee of readers knowledgeable in curriculum, instruction and Title II, B will be assembled to read and evaluate the proposals. The proposals will be scored using an evaluation tool designed from the criteria and points as described in the RFP.

34. Proposal Evaluation Process Assessment of Need (20 points) The proposal adequately addresses a specialized, research-based, standards-led graduate program leading to a master’s degree designed to enable elementary and secondary mathematics and/or science teachers in high-need LEAs to meet the qualifications for applicable teaching endorsements in science and/or mathematics.  The design of the program is based on the findings of an assessment of the needs of the LEA’s teachers and administrators.

35. Proposal Evaluation Process Quality of Proposed Partnership (20 points) The proposed partnerships among institutions of higher education, high-need local education agencies and business, as applicable, bring mathematics and science teachers in high-need elementary and secondary schools together with scientists, mathematicians, engineers, LEAs, and business professionals, leading to improvements in teaching and learning. Proposed partners have sufficient expertise, experience, and commitments to the partnership to meet the goals of the Illinois MSP. Formatting of last line is off.Formatting of last line is off.

36. Proposal Evaluation Process Quality of Proposed Program (25 points) The proposed design of the IMSP program has a high likelihood of being successfully implemented.  The goals of the IMSP are clearly developed within the activities described in the proposal.  The diversity and innovation of the design elements encompass and build upon existing mathematics and science education research and expertise.  The proposed timeline for implementation meets the necessary IMSP timeline requirements. 

37. Proposal Evaluation Process Evaluation (20 points) Evaluation design will provide evidence of the impact of the IMSP program on the participating teachers’ content knowledge and instructional strategies as well as the mathematics and science achievement of students in their classroom. Evaluation must include ISAT / PSAE results as one measure of achievement. The proposed evaluation is aligned to and will provide required data for the state IMSP evaluation as indicated in Appendix B. Do we need to include the teachers’ content knowledge? Is it listed in the RFP?Do we need to include the teachers’ content knowledge? Is it listed in the RFP?

38. Proposal Evaluation Process Cost-Effectiveness (15 points) The proposed budget and rationale are consistent with the proposed activities and appear to be a cost-effective investment for the implementation of the proposed program.

39. IMSP Resources http://www.isbe.net/curriculum/html/math.htm

40. IMSP Timeline

41. Contact Information Illinois State Board of Education 100 N First Street Springfield, IL 62777-001 http://www.isbe.net/ Gil Downey, Principal Consultant Curriculum and Instruction Division Illinois Math Science Partnership 217/557-7323 [email protected] Should a slide mentioning FAQ’s if received will be periodically added to the website (including link) and encouraging them to review for updates?Should a slide mentioning FAQ’s if received will be periodically added to the website (including link) and encouraging them to review for updates?

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