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Summer Training for Teachers in Engineers of the Future Programs
2007

Purpose of Grant Funds: State funds in the amount of $5 million are available from the State Education Department (SED) for grants to colleges and universities in New York State for the costs of providing college or university-based summer training for teachers necessary to implement rigorous pre-engineering curricula in the middle and high school levels.
 
Eligible Applicants: Colleges and universities in New York State. The applicant college or university must partner with public school district(s), charter school(s) and/or nonpublic schools and serve teachers that are or will be implementing rigorous pre-engineering programs at the middle and high school levels.

Consortiums of colleges and universities may not apply.
 

Regional Distribution of Applicants and Funding: Fifty percent ($2,500,000) of the funds will be allocated across ten regions. The total amount of funds available for grants in each region are as follows. Also, please see the listing of counties included in each region:

Binghamton Region - $125,000
Buffalo Region - $200,000
Capital District Region - $150,000
Long Island Region - $425,000
Lower Hudson Region - $325,000
Mohawk Valley Region - $75,000
New York City Region - $800,000
North Country Region - $75,000
Rochester Region - $200,000
Syracuse Region - $125,000

The other fifty percent of the funds ($2,500,000) will be available Statewide for applicants wishing to serve teachers from more than one region.

Only one application should be submitted whether one region or more than one region is to be served. An application will be categorized and reviewed for funding according to the region it serves. An application that serves more than one region will be categorized with the Statewide funds.
 

Application Due Date:

March 12, 2007.  Submit 1 original and 2 copies of the application and FS-20 postmarked to:

New York State Education Department
Grants Management
Room 676 EBA
Albany, NY 12234
 

Due Date for Questions:

All questions must be submitted in writing to EMSCEOTF@mail.nysed.gov by February 2, 2007.  SED will provide answers to the questions by February 9, 2007 at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.htm.
 


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Purpose of Funding

The purpose of the funding is to provide college or university-based summer training for teachers necessary to implement rigorous pre-engineering curricula in the middle and high school levels.

Funding

In an effort to ensure that teachers throughout the State have an opportunity to participate, fifty percent of the funds will be allocated across ten regions. The counties and total amount of funds for each region are as follows:

Binghamton (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties) $125,000
Buffalo (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Niagara Counties) $200,000
Capital District (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington Counties) $150,000
Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk) $425,000
Lower Hudson (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties) $325,000
Mohawk Valley (Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, and Schoharie Counties) $75,000
New York City (Bronx, Manhattan, Richmond, Kings and Queens) $800,000
North Country (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties) $75,000
Rochester (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties) $200,000
Syracuse (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego Counties) $125,000

The other fifty percent of the funds, $2,500,000, will be available for applicants wishing to serve more than one region.

An application will be considered for funding according to the region it serves. Applicants proposing to serve one region will compete for the funds assigned to that region. Applicants wishing to serve participants from more than one region will compete for the $2,500,000 assigned to the entire State.

Eligible Applicants and Participants

Colleges or universities in New York State are eligible to apply for these funds. The applicant college or university must partner with public school district(s), charter schools, and/or nonpublic schools that are or will be implementing rigorous pre-engineering curricula in the middle and high school levels.

The colleges or universities selected to receive a grant may not sub-grant funds to any of the partnering schools or any other entity.

Consortiums of colleges and universities may not apply.

Project Period

College or university-based training for teachers must take place in the summer of 2007, between 5/1/07 and 8/31/07.

Recommended Focus for Training

Application Submission Instructions

Only complete applications will be reviewed. A complete application must include the following and be assembled in the following order:

  1. Application Cover Page signed in blue ink by the Chief Administrative Officer

  2. Application Checklist

  3. NYS Assurances and Certifications (Appendix A and Appendix A-1 G)

  4. Project Description

  5. Partnering School Districts Chart

  6. Budget Category and Narrative Forms

  7. Budget Summary Form (FS-20)

  8. Payee Information Form (only for colleges and universities that have not previously received funding from the State Education Department) can be found at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/cafe/PIform.doc.

Method of Award

Incomplete proposals and proposals received after the due date will not be reviewed.  Each eligible proposal will be reviewed by two reviewers and scored according to the point criteria in the Project Description and the Budget using the Proposal Evaluation Rubric. If the scores from the two reviewers are more than 20 points apart, a third reviewer will rate the application. The two scores closest in numeric value will be averaged to calculate the final average score of the proposal.

Budgets should include all expenses associated with the teacher’s participation, course materials and room and board, if applicable. Participating teacher’s travel to the summer training may not be included.

Budgets will be adjusted to eliminate any unallowable or inappropriate expenditure. Up to 5% of the grant may be used to evaluate the extent to which the training improves the content knowledge and classroom application of the participating teachers related to their current or likely future teaching assignment. Up to 5% of the grant may be spent on program administration including indirect costs.

Each proposal will be categorized according to the region it serves. Proposals serving participants from more than one region will be assigned to funds reserved for multiple regions ($2,500,000). Proposals in each category will be ranked in order of final average score from highest to lowest. Proposals that receive a final average score of 75 or more will be considered for funding.

Awards will be made to the highest ranking proposal(s) in each category (single region or multiple regions) until funds allocated for that category are insufficient to fund the next ranking proposal serving that category in full. If any funds remain for that category, the funds will be offered to the next ranking proposal in that category to operate a smaller project. In the event of tie scores, proposals with the highest score on item #2 in the Project Description will be ranked higher.

If any funds remain after all applicants with a final average score of 75 or more in a category are funded, those funds will be distributed proportionately to the other categories with proposals eligible for funding. Then awards will be made to the next highest ranking proposal in each category.

Entities’ Responsibility

Projects must operate under the jurisdiction of the local board of education, or other appropriate governing body, and are subject to at least the same degree of accountability as all other expenditures of the local agency. The local board of education, or other appropriate governing body, is responsible for the proper disbursement of, and accounting for, project funds. Written agency policy concerning wages, mileage and travel allowances, overtime compensation, or fringe benefits, as well as State rules pertaining to competitive bidding, safety regulations and inventory control must be followed. Supporting or source documents are required for all grant related transactions entered into the local agency’s recordkeeping systems. Source documents that authorize the disbursement of grant funds consist of purchase orders, contracts, time and effort records, delivery receipts, vendor invoices, travel documentation and payment documents, including check stubs.

Supporting documentation for grants and grant contracts must be kept for at least six years after the last payment was made unless otherwise specified by program requirements. Additionally, audit or litigation will “freeze the clock” for records retention purposes until the issue is resolved. All records and documentation must be available for inspection by State Education Department officials or its representatives.

For additional information about grants, please refer to the Fiscal Guidelines for Federal and State Aided Grants, http://www.oms.nysed.gov/cafe/guidelines.html

Reporting

Awardees will be required to provide the Education Department with data on participation in the summer training including data on the increase in content knowledge of the participating teachers and the overall effectiveness of the program and its effect on implementing rigorous pre-engineering curricula in the middle and high school levels.

A specific reporting format will be provided to awardees at a later date.

Additional Information

Directory of Public and Nonpublic School District Administrators - http://www.nysed.gov/admin/bedsdata.html 

Directory of College and University Campuses in NYS - http://www.highered.nysed.gov/Quality_Assurance/directory/index.html 

SUNY University Centers and Doctoral Degree Sector Map - http://www.suny.edu/Student/campuses_sector_intro.cfm

NYS Public School Choice Programs - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/psc 

NYS Education Department guidance on engineering-related courses and programs and NYS Technology Education Framework Initiative and Learning Standards - http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cte/technology/ 
 

Application (Separate Word Document)

 

01/12/2007