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  1. Mathematics and Science Partnership ProgramTechnical Assistance Session June 5, 2013 Mary L. Ruzga Office of Instructional Practices and Evaluations South Carolina Department of Education

  2. Funding Source The U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program is administered by the Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Program (AITQ) in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Title II, Part B.

  3. Purpose To encourage IHEs and school districts to collaborate in providing professional development that results in increased teacher content knowledge and teaching skills of mathematics and science and thus improve student performance.

  4. Basic Information • RFP is available at program website: http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/60/ • Deadline for e-mail of intent: June 7, 2013 • Deadline for submission: 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013 • Applications must be submitted online: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=ZQcN-sObQS-L2DABKFHj8A

  5. Eligibility • Partnerships must include • higher education STEM faculty • at least one high need school district • Partnerships may also include • Businesses, • Nonprofit or for profit organizations • Additional LEAs, public charter schools, public or private schools or a consortium of such schools • Additional IHE STEM faculty or IHE teacher training department faculty

  6. Eligibility continued High-need school district that has both: A poverty index of 60 percent or greater, and 50 percent or greater of an LEA’s student population aged 5-17 is eligible for Title I services

  7. Eligibility continued PRIVATE SCHOOL CONSULTATION FORM

  8. Duration and Funding • Three-years • Subject to available federal funds • Subject to meeting all requirements • Continuation application may be required each year • $2.3 million for the 2013-14 funding cycle • 15 awards of approximately $100,000 to $350,000

  9. Focus Areas • Area 1 - Math and/or Science Related • Improved Teacher Pedagogy • Improved Teacher Content Knowledge • Area 2 – STEM Related • Improved teacher content knowledge in STEM disciplines • Improved teacher understanding of link among STEM disciplines • Improved teacher STEM-related pedagogy

  10. Competitive Priorities SCDE Staff will assign competitive priority points Priority 1 – Vertical teams Priority 2 – Closing achievement gap Priority 3 – STEM curriculum development Priority 4 – “D” or “F” letter grade Priority 5 – Partnership with plaintiff school districts

  11. Summary/Abstract • One page, single-spaced • Overview of Three-year Plan • Identify Partners • Summary of Need • Summary of Goals and Objectives as related to Focus Area and Competitive Priorities - if sought • Explain Evaluation Method • Identify Required Funding • Save as a .pdf document and upload as an attachment

  12. Proposal Narrative

  13. Statement of Need • What to include • Identified Need and Supporting Data • Data Collection Method • Impact - # of teachers and geographical area(s) • How Need Addresses Focus Area and Competitive Priorities Sought • Sources of Data • Student academic performance • Benchmark or state standardized tests • Teacher PD Needs Assessment – must be specific and data based

  14. Goals and Objectives • Goals – What the partnership plans to accomplish • Objectives – Statements that explain one way to • know goals have been met • Must: • Relate to the selected Focus Area • Address each of the goals and objectives • Address each of the competitive priorities, if sought • Be specific, measureable, achievable, relevant and time-specific (SMART)

  15. Strategies, Activities and Timeline • Detailed plan for meeting goals and objectives • Driven by scientifically-evidenced based interventions • Authorized activities – pages 8-9

  16. Definition of Terms Workshop or Institute Not less than 2 weeks (60 hours) 2 weeks only must have 4 follow-up days More than 2 weeks must have 3 follow-up days Follow-up days Consecutive or nonconsecutive Distance learning for rural school districts

  17. Strategies, Activities and Timeline • Detailed plan for meeting goals and objectives • Driven by scientifically-evidenced based interventions • Authorized activities – pages 8-9 • ** Timeline of Activities and Expenditures

  18. Management and Sustainability • Management • Identify Lead Institution • Project Director Qualifications • Roles and Responsibilities of Partners • Partner Identification and Funding • Partner Commitment Letter • Resumes of PMT • Sustainability – • Partner roles beyond project term

  19. Evaluation and Dissemination • Comparison Group Designs are preferable • This component must: • Include a table listing project objectives and for each objective • Types of data collected • Instrument or protocol to be administered • How/when administered • Identification of External Evaluator • Up to ten percent of the requested funds can • be used for evaluation

  20. Evaluation and Dissemination Guide for Reporting on Rigorous Evaluations for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships (http://www.ed-msp.net/public_documents/document/resource/Guide%20for%20Reporting%20on%20MSP%20Evaluations.pdf Dissemination Describe how will information about the project be shared

  21. Review and Selection • All applications must be complete to be considered • Scores of 3 reviewers will be averaged • Minimum averaged score of 80 • Competitive Priority Points • Additional award considerations • Cost effectiveness • Equity • Previous MSP awardees • Anticipated that awards will be made in mid August, 2013

  22. Competitive Priorities SCDE Staff will assign competitive priority points Priority 1 – Vertical teams Priority 2 – Closing achievement gap Priority 3 – STEM curriculum development Priority 4 – “D” or “F” letter grade Priority 5 – Partnership with plaintiff school districts

  23. Important Dates June 7 - Deadline for submitting email of intent July 9 - Deadline for receipt of application Mid August - Notification of awards September - Programs Begin August, 2014 - Program must end October 31, 2014 - Deadline for year-end report

  24. Budgets • Budget period - September 1, 2013, through August 31, 2014. • Budget Summary • Timeline of Activities and Expenditures

  25. Timeline of Activities and Expenditures How to complete the form: • Date of activity • Related Objective or Goal • Activity to Achieve Objective • Evidence that Proves Activity has been Completed OR Data to be Collected from Activity • Persons/Agency Responsible • Number of Teachers To be Served • Cost/Expenditure • Budget Categories • Budget Narrative • Date by Which Expenditure is Paid

  26. Authorized Expenditures

  27. Authorized Expenditures

  28. Authorized Expenditures

  29. Authorized Expenditures

  30. Unauthorized Expenditures The following expenditures are not allowable under the MSP: • costs associated with writing the application; • equipment (smart boards, computers, printers, etc); • classroom sets of materials for the students of the teacher • student activities such as field trips • full salaries of administrative or clerical personnel; • tuition charges and/or university/activity fees already covered in the IHE partners’ salary and fringe; • capital improvements;

  31. Unauthorized Expenditures • compensation for the research of individual scholars or faculty members; • compensation for IHE faculty attending workshops or conferences other than USED Mathematics and Science Partnership conferences; • travel to out-of-state professional meetings, unless it is demonstrated that attendance at a meeting will directly and significantly advance a project; • costs that are not directly related to the educational program and that are unsupported by the proposal; and • entertaining.

  32. Guidelines for Activities and Expenditure • Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) Part 74 and 80 http://www2.ed.gov/policy/fund/reg/edgarReg/edgar.html • Cost Principles - Office Management Budget (OMB) Circular A-21, A-122, and A-87 http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars_default

  33. Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program Competitive GrantApplication Submission Process Julie Hicks Grants Program, Office of General Counsel South Carolina Department of Education June 5, 2013

  34. Presentation Goals • Provide information on how to organize the proposal before submission. • Provide guidance and directions to properly and successfully submit an application for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program Competitive Grant.

  35. General Information • Deadline for submission: July 9, 2013 • Prepare to enter and submit entire application all at once. • Applicants will not be able to exit and return to an incomplete application. • Link to submit a proposal: https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=ZQcN-sObQS-L2DABKFHj8A • Link to the RFP: http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/60/

  36. Prior to Submission • Write proposal and budget timeline narratives first! • Obtain all signatures early. • Complete or acquire all Proposal Attachments. Save the documents as directed in the RFP. • Compile the required online information using the screenshots (in RFP) prior to entering the application.

  37. You will not be able to return to an incomplete application, so prepare to enter and submit your application at one time.

  38. Application Proposal Content • MSP Program Competitive Grant online form sections • Proposal Attachments

  39. MSP Program Competitive Grant Form Sections • Lead Institution • Authorized Official Information • Financial Official Information • Project Director Information • Key Partner Information • Program Information • Competitive Priorities • Funding Information • Budget Summary

  40. MSP Program Competitive Grant Proposal Attachments • Program Summary/Abstract • Proposal Narrative • Timeline of Activities and Expenditures • Appendices

  41. Enter the Lead Institution information. Do not use a person’s name or contact information. Contact your finance office for DUNS# and Tax Identification Number (TIN). Applicant Information

  42. Authorized Official Information Provide the formal name and contact information of the Lead Institution’s Authorized Official.

  43. Financial Official Information Provide the formal name and contact information of the Lead Institution’s Financial Official.

  44. Provide the project director’s formal name and contact information. NOTE: This is the person who will receive the confirmation of submission e-mail. Enter correct address! Project Director Information Provide the name and contact information of the person to oversee and direct the project.

  45. Select number of key partners and enter the information requested for each partner. Use formal name(s). Key Partner Information

  46. Program Information Enter the date of when your program will begin and end, not funding period. Indicate if applicant previously received an MSP Grant and years awarded. If addressing Focus Area 1, select subject(s).

  47. Competitive Priorities If yesfor Priority 5, select all district partners.

  48. Provide a budget summary for year one. Round to the nearest dollar. Do not include cents. Funding Information and Budget Summary Include the total three-year project period. Enter amount requested for Year 1 only.

  49. All attachments must be saved as a .pdf document, except for Timeline of Activities and Expenditures (save it as an Excel Spreadsheet). Read Part II of the RFP for what to include in the summary and narrative. Proposal Attachments

  50. Select File Attaching a File Click Click File Attached