GRANT APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
Purpose of Allocation
Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance.
Funds will be allocated to Focus Districts to support partnerships with Higher Education Institutions (IHE), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), education research organizations and/or local business and industry. The funds must be used to develop leadership programs for implementation of Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and Annual Personnel Performance Reviews (APPR) as required under the provisions of Education Law §3012-c, and to provide college and career enrichment programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for historically underserved students.
Only Title I Focus Districts are eligible to apply for this grant. The list of Focus Districts is posted at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/2012-13FocusDistricts.xls. Non-Title I Focus Districts and Focus or Priority Charter Schools are not eligible for this grant.
Each Title I Focus District will receive the following allocation(s):
- Title I Focus District base allocation: $50,000 per district
- Title I Priority School: $20,000 per school
- Title I Focus School: $10,000 per school
Funds may only be used for activities allowed under Title I and must be used for required improvement activities from the following list:
Districts that do not have an APPR plan approved for the 2012-13 school year may only use these funds to support professional development designed to prepare for implementation of an APPR plan in the 2013-2014 school year.
- Development of partnerships with IHEs, BOCES, and/or education research organizations to support school leaders (principals, assistant principals, superintendents and curriculum leaders) with the implementation of Annual Personnel Performance reviews in Title I Focus and Priority Schools,
- Development of partnerships with IHEs, BOCES, and/or education research organizations to support school leaders with the implementation of rigorous curricular and instructional practices aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards, and
- Development of partnerships with IHEs and/or local business and industry to provide enrichment programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) for at risk (levels 1 and 2) students.
- STEM learning opportunities must include summer residential programs at colleges and universities, as well as after-school, weekend, and summer enrichment programs. A significant portion of the student activities must be located at the IHE campus or at local business or industry facilities, and meaningful field trips are highly encouraged.
- The programs must target students that are low performing (levels 1 and 2 on State assessments in the areas of ELA and mathematics). These academic enrichment experiences must encompass in-depth study, creative, hands-on learning that fosters higher level thinking, cooperative learning, and advanced problem solving. The goal is to help students develop an appreciation of and confidence in their ability to excel and succeed in school and careers.
- Parent involvement activities and workshops to enable parents to better assist their students in achieving academic success should be integrated into these programs. The involvement of mentors in these programs is highly encouraged as well.
July 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO CARRYOVER FOR THESE FUNDS. All activities must be encumbered during the project period above. Funds under this grant may not be used for construction, renovation, furnishings, or acquisition of technology.
Applications must be postmarked by June 21, 2013.
Budget Amendment Deadline
Amendments must be postmarked by June 30, 2014.
All budget amendments are subject to review and approval. Amendments must be submitted with sufficient time for review of any new activities. Amendments to adjust costs for approved activities or adjust fund codes can be accepted at any time during the project period; however supplies exceeding 10% of an activity cost always require a full review and must be submitted by June 30, 2014.
Late amendments will not be accepted.
A complete application consists of one original bearing the original signature of the Superintendent and one electronic copy (CD, flash drive, or email to SIGA@mail.nysed.gov) including the following:
- Cover page
- Title I School Improvement Grant Allocation Chart
- Title I School Improvement Grant Program Narrative Chart(s)
- Assurances and Certification Regarding Lobbying, etc.
- FS-10 Budget Form available at http://www.oms.nysed.gov/cafe/forms/
Electronic copies sent via email should include YOUR DISTRICT NAME in the subject line to expedite processing.
Send the completed application to:
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Grants Management, Room 464 EBA
Albany, New York 12234
Attn: Title I SIGA, Leadership & STEM Enrichment
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GRANT APPLICATION DOCUMENTS