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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:   135
POLICY CODE:   DD/GCI

 

 

TO:            Superintendents (Please share with Curriculum Coordinators, Middle School Principals, Junior High School Principals, and High School Principals); University and College Presidents (please share with Deans)

FROM:      Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:       May 2, 2006

RE:            Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Grant Application

            The Maine Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of grants to increase the percentage of highly qualified teachers of mathematics.  The Maine Department of Education invites proposals that contain validated ways of addressing the teaching and learning of mathematics in grades K – 12. Proposals must have well-defined goals and activities that promote interaction among faculty, teachers, and others, particularly those mathematics teachers who do not meet the definition of “highly qualified”.  The proposals should cost-effectively meet the needs of a significant number of mathematics teachers.

            The primary purpose of this Mathematics and Science Partnership Program competitive grant is to bring mathematics teachers in elementary schools, secondary schools and post-secondary institutions together with mathematicians, and mathematics educators to increase the subject matter knowledge and content-specific pedagogical knowledge of teachers with special emphasis on numeracy as described in Adding It Up (2001). Funding up to $359,600 will be available for activities completed before September 30, 2006. There will be $70,000 available from September 30, 2006 to June 30, 2007 and an additional $70,000 may be available for funding in year three of the project. It is anticipated that one or two partnerships may receive funding. Partnerships applying for a Mathematics and Science Partnership grant must include the mathematics, engineering, or science department of an institution of higher education and multiple high-need local educational agencies not already involved in an MSP project. Partnerships may also include another mathematics, engineering, science, or teacher training department of an institution of higher education; additional local educational agencies, public charter schools, public or private elementary schools or secondary schools, or a consortium of such schools; a business; or a nonprofit or for-profit organization of demonstrated effectiveness in improving the quality of mathematics and science teachers; or local educational agencies already involved in an MSP project.  These grants are made available through the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants, Title II, Part B of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  (CFDA # 84.367A)

            A complete application package is available on our website at http://www.maine.gov/education/nclb/titleii.htm .  The deadline for submitting a proposal is 2 p.m. local time on May 23, 2006.  Partnerships will be notified of awards by June 1, 2006. Since this Mathematics and Science Partnership Program grant is a competitive process, questions cannot be answered on an individual basis.  Please direct written questions to Dan Hupp, Maine Department of Education, 23 State House Station, Augusta,, ME 04333 or Dan.Hupp@maine.gov. Written questions will be accepted until 5 pm, May 15, 2006 and written questions with answers will be posted on the Department’s website by close of business May 16, 2006 at http://www.maine.gov/education/nclb/titleii.htm.

 

Attachment: Request for Proposals Application