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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO.57

 

POLICY CODE: DD/IHAM

 

TO:††††† ††††††††††† Superintendents of Schools

 

FROM:††††††††††† J. Duke Albanese, Commissioner

 

DATE: ††††††††††† March 9, 2001

 

RE:†††††† †††††††††††Comprehensive School Health Education Grant Application

 

The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of grants to enhance comprehensive health education curriculum, instruction and assessment, linked to the Maine Learning Results.The grants provide funding for three consecutive years; $2,000 per year.These grants are made available to schools through funding from the Maine Bureau of Health, Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant; the Maine Department of Education; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health.

 

This project provides schools with valuable resources and technical assistance to improve their health education program.Quality health education enhances both student well-being and learning.

 

The grant application is enclosed.Please note that it must be postmarked no later than April 27, 2001.

 

Written questions regarding the application process can be directed to Katherine Wilbur, at kathy.wilbur@state.me.us or fax, (207) 624-6691.

 

 

Enclosures:(Please download all 4 components)

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Instructions

                                    Expectations

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Timelines

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Application

 


MAINEDEPARTMENTOFEDUCATION

COMPREHENSIVESCHOOLHEALTHEDUCATION GRANT

2001 - 2002

 

The Maine Department of Education has three year funding available for at least ten Maine school sites.Funding allocations will be $2,000 each year for three years.These funds are for schools and school systems to link Maine Learning Results to comprehensive school health education curriculum, instruction and assessment.The funds can be used for curriculum development or revision, professional development, classroom materials and local assessment for health education as part of a coordinated school health program.

 

The year one grants are to be expended between July 2001 and June 2002. Year two funds are to be expended between July 2002 and June 2003.Year three funds are to be expended between July 2003 and June 2004.Year two and year three funding will be awarded pending satisfactory completion of the previous yearís grant activities and submission of the year-end reports and contingent upon continued receipt of federal funds.

 

Funding for the grants are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health Cooperative and the Bureau of Health, Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.

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APPLICATION DUE DATE

POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN

April 27, 2001

 

SCHOOLS WILL BE NOTIFIED NO LATER THAN

May 11, 2001

 

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AUTHORIZED EXPENDITURES

The funds may be used only for the following activities:

 

®      Stipend for Health Education Grant Coordinator and/or committee members

 

®      Substitute pay for 1) health education curriculum development and

2) professional development for those educators responsible for teaching health education

 

®      Professional development for comprehensive school health education, schoolsite health

promotion or other coordinated school health programs (maximum of $500.00)

 

®      Purchase of resources to support the health education curriculum

 

®      Development of materials for comprehensive health education curriculum, instruction and

†††††† assessment

 

®      Community/family programs related to health education

REQUIREMENTS

 

-Application is submitted by a state approved school or schools (one application per SAU)

††††† and by a school administrative unit not currently receiving a MDOE Comprehensive††

††††† School Health Education (CSHE) Grant

 

-         Application includes the Superintendentís signature

 

-         The Administrative Letter of Commitment to Attend the CSHE Summer Institute Form completed and signed by an administrator

 

-†††† Commitment to Health Education must be indicated.(Refer to the three questions on

†† ††††page 2 of the application)

 

TO BE CONSIDERED, APPLICATIONS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA

 

-         Schools willing to incorporate or enhance their health education curriculum in the

††††††††††††††††† areas of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco and sexual assault prevention†††††††††††††††††††

 

††††††††††† -††† Evidence of school, family and community cooperative efforts

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-††† Support for comprehensive health education instruction with appropriate professional

†††† development

 

-         Schools designing health education assessment or willing to begin development of

local assessment

 

-         Coordination with Improving Americaís School Act (IASA) and other school reform

and health related initiatives

 

HEALTH EDUCATION PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

 

-†††† Comprehensive and sequential health education curriculum is developed or updated

-         Professional development needs are assessed

-         Professional development is provided for teachers

-         Supporting classroom materials for teaching the health education curriculum are

††††† identified and procured

-         Student achievement is documented and reported on an equal basis with other academic subject areas

 

REPORTING

 

A year one performance and financial report will be required June 7, 2002.The year two report will be due June 4, 2003 and the final report will be due June 30, 2004.