Archived Item - for information purposes only

 

Summer Classes and/or Institutes for Teachers
in Mathematics and/or Science

2007

Purpose of Grant Funds: State funds in the amount of $2,500,000 are available from the State Education Department (SED) for grants to colleges and universities in partnership with public school districts to pay 50 percent of the costs of teachers attending university or college-based 2007 summer classes and/or institutes designed to improve their professional content knowledge and refresh and renew their competency in the use and classroom application of state-of-the-art technology in the areas of mathematics and/or science.

The 2007 summer classes and/or institutes must be directly related to the teachers’ current or likely future assignment.
 

Eligible Applicants: Colleges and Universities. The applicant college or university must partner with one or more public school district and serve selected teachers from the district(s). Consortiums of colleges and universities may not apply.

Teachers from charter schools and non-public schools located within the boundaries of the partnering public school district(s) must be given an equitable opportunity to participate in the summer classes and/or institutes.
 

Regional Distribution of Applicants and Funding: Funds will be allocated across five regions. The total amount of funds available for grants in each region are as follows:

New York City -- $875,000
Long Island -- $425,000
Eastern -- $475,000
Central -- $325,000
Western -- $400,000

An application will be considered for funding according to the region it serves. An applicant must submit a separate application for each region it wishes to serve.
 

Application Due Date:

Submit 1 original and 2 copies postmarked by October 17, 2006 for Summer 2007 (any time between 5/1/07 and 8/31/07) Classes and/or Institutes.
 

Due Date for Questions:

All questions must be submitted in writing to mssumtchinst@mail.nysed.gov by September 29, 2006.  The questions and answers are available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/documents/mathsciinst07qa.htm.
 

SED Contact: Anne Schiano at mssumtchinst@mail.nysed.gov
 
Send To: New York State Education Department
Grants Management
Room 676 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

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Purpose

The purpose of this funding is to improve the professional content knowledge of teachers in mathematics and/or science and refresh and renew their competency in the use of state-of-the-art technology, and to provide them with ideas as to how that content and state-of-the-art technology can be used in relevant, rigorous and meaningful instruction. Funds must be used to support 50 percent of the costs of teachers attending university or college based summer classes and/or institutes in the areas of math and/or science. Classes must be directly related to the participating teachers’ current or likely future assignments.

Project Funding

Grant amounts will be based on the number of teachers participating and 50% of their cost of attending summer classes and/or institutes. Costs may include the teacher’s tuition, course materials and room and board, if applicable. Participating teacher’s travel to the summer classes and/or institutes may not be included as a cost.

Up to 5% of the grant may be used to evaluate the extent to which the summer classes and/or institutes improve the content knowledge and classroom application of the participating teachers relating to their current or likely future teaching assignment. Up to 5% of the grant may be spent on program administration including indirect costs.

Regional Distribution of Funds

In an effort to ensure that teachers from the entire State have an opportunity to participate, the total funds will be allocated across five regions in the State. The counties included in each region and the total amount of funds available for grants in each region are as follows. Colleges and universities may serve teachers from more than one region and more than one award may be made in each region.

New York City (Bronx, Manhattan, Richmond, Kings and Queens) $875,000
Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk) $425,000
Eastern (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester) $475,000
Central (Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Schoharie, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins) $325,000
Western (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Allegany, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Orleans, and Niagara) $400,000

Project Period

Classes and/or institutes must take place in the summer of 2007, between 5/1/07 and 8/31/07.

Eligible Applicants

Colleges and Universities. The applicant college or university must partner with one or more public school district and serve selected teachers from the district(s). Teachers from charter schools and non-public schools located within the boundaries of the partnering public school district(s) must be given an equitable opportunity to participate in the summer classes and/or institutes.

The colleges or universities selected to receive a grant may not sub grant funds to any of the partnering public school districts or any other entity. Consortiums of colleges and universities may not apply.

Recommended Focus for Classes and/or Institutes

In 1996, the New York State Board of Regents adopted learning standards for all content (subject) areas. Since then, the New York State Education Department (SED) has issued a series of core curricula relating to these learning standards.
The core curricula contain the State’s expectations of what students must know and be able to do for each content area. For each learning standard, the core curricula present key ideas/strands (broad, unifying, general statements of what students need to know) and performance indicators (statements of what students should do to provide evidence that they understand the key idea). These core curricula are the foundation upon which State assessments are aligned and developed.

The core curricula provide direction and assistance to local school districts who must design their own curricula that meet the needs of their students. The core curricula respect the tradition of local choice in New York State that empowers educators to select texts, identify products, and use a rich array of instructional strategies and activities to meet student needs.

The purpose of this funding is to help teachers improve their content knowledge (and classroom application thereof) in mathematics and/or science and refresh and renew the competency of teachers in the use of state-of-the-art technology and, as a result, improve their ability to meet the needs of their students.

The summer classes and/or institutes that teachers attend through this funding should:

Links to the NYS Learning Standards and Core Curriculum for both mathematics and science can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/.

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. Budget Category and Narrative Forms

  6. Budget Summary Form (FS-20)

  7. Payee Information Form (only for colleges and universities that have not previously received funding from the State Education Department) Form 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 at least two reviewers. Each reviewer will score the proposal according to the indicated point criteria in the Project Description and the Budget using the Proposal Evaluation Rubric. If individual scores are more than 20 points apart, another reviewer will rate the application. The two scores closest in numeric value will be averaged to calculate the final average score of the application.

Budgets will be adjusted to eliminate any unallowable or inappropriate expenditures. Allowable expenditures include 50% of tuition, course materials and room and board, if applicable, for the teachers attending summer classes and/or institutes. Teacher’s travel costs are not allowed. Up to 5% of funds requested may be spent on evaluating the benefit of the classes and/or institutes to the participating teachers. Up to 5% of the funds requested may be spent on administering the program including indirect costs.

Each proposal will be categorized according to the region it serves. Proposals in each region 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 region until funds allocated for that region are insufficient to fund the next ranking proposal serving that region in full. If any funds remain for that region, the funds will be offered to the next ranking proposal in that region 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.

Once all applicants that received a final average score of 75 or more in a particular region are funded, if any funds remain, those funds will be distributed proportionately to the remaining regions.  Then awards will be made to the next highest ranking proposal in each region.

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

Grant recipients will be required to submit a final report to the State Education Department by October 31, 2007. The report may not exceed 10 pages in length and shall explain the hands-on learning techniques used with teachers and the state-of-the-art technology introduced in the program. Describe the impact of the summer classes and/or institutes on the participating teachers’ content knowledge. Include a list of all participating teachers and the cost per participant covered by the grant. The report should be submitted to:

Ms. Anne Schiano
Assistant Director
New York State Education Department
Room 320 EB
Albany, NY 12234

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/

Application (Separate Word Document)

 

10/06/2006