SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 73
April 5, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Driver Education program mini-grants|
Attached is a driver education mini-grant application. Thirty competitive grants are available to help fund driver education program initiatives. The objectives of these incentive projects should complement the Department's focus on raising academic standards, safety, parent and community involvement, planning, and technology. The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 p.m. May 10, 1996. A grant notification form will be sent to the Superintendent and the Project Director on May 15, 1996. We invite all school divisions to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Vanessa C. Wigand at (804) 225-3300. Best wishes for continued success in your very important work. WCBJr/vcw Attachments: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office DRIVER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICATION INTRODUCTION The Virginia Department of Education has been awarded Highway Safety Project funds for school divisions to develop Driver Education enrichment programs. These incentive grants will provide localities with seed money to develop instructional strategies that reflect their students' needs. To increase learning and academic achievement for all students in the Commonwealth, William C. Bosher, Jr., Superintendent of Public Instruction, has placed special emphasis on the areas of safety, high academic standards, parent and community involvement, planning, and technology. In keeping with this mission, thirty competitive mini-grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded to school divisions that devise driver education program projects with goals that complement the Department's Five Focus Areas. The 1995 General Assembly took action on several new provisions relative to a minor's application for a learner's permit and driver's license. In an effort to streamline the licensure process for youth, the legislative action eliminates the DMV road skills testing program and defers the assessment responsibility to the schools. In turn, local school boards have been charged with developing a standardized assessment tool that complements the local driving environment. Until now, however, no funds have been allocated to localities to accomplish this task. The primary goal of driver education is to produce safer drivers. In order to accomplish this goal, driver education must reinforce the individual and community factors that positively influence personal motivation and social responsibility. When students successfully complete an instructional program we know what they can do, but we have no control over what they will do. Driver Education does help teens develop driving skills, but more often than not, it is poor judgement that causes crashes--not poor skill. We must make an effort to ensure that students are ready to handle entering the most dangerous place in the world-- public roadways-- without adult supervision. A major challenge for driver educators is to discover how to motivate parents to become more realistic about their children's driving abilities, more aware of the dangers of inexperienced driving, and more knowledgeable about the limitations of driver education courses. APPLICATION DEADLINE The Department must receive the mini-grant applications by 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 1996. Applications should be mailed to Vanessa C. Wigand, Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120. PROPOSAL PREPARATION Organize mini-grant applications into sections that are identifiable for the reviewer as described in Sections A - G below. Section A. Cover Sheet: Complete the attached cover sheet. Only those proposals that include all appropriate signatures will be accepted for review. Section B. Project Abstract/Summary: Please include a one-page abstract or summary (maximum 300 words) that identifies the problem(s) to be addressed, the objective(s) of the project, and the anticipated outcome(s). Section C. Needs Statement: This section should identify: the target population the need(s) of the target population the components to be addressed in the program (e.g., improving assessment tools, developing a parent involvement component) the design/structure of the program development initiative(s) (e.g. methods and delivery system, key project staff and roles) Section D. Objectives: List project objectives and anticipated outcomes. Section E. Timeline: Cite the time frame involved to complete each objective. The grant duration is from May 15, 1996, to September 30, 1996. Section F. Budget: The proposal should include discussion about how funds will be used to support each objective, and whether funds will be used for teacher stipends, substitutes, inservice training, curriculum revision, publications, instruments/forms, development of a parent guide, cones, audio visual resources, etc. All expenditures must follow school board procurement procedures. Grant requests may not exceed $1,500 per project, and funds will be available on a cost-reimbursement basis. Section G. Evaluation: The evaluation plan should assess the project's attainment of desired outcomes. MINI-GRANT TIMELINE April 5 Department of Education staff distributes mini-grant applications May 10 Proposals due May 15 Department of Education announces grant recipients September 23 Deadline to submit reimbursement requests MINI-GRANT AWARDS Grant award letters will be mailed on May 15, 1996, to the school division superintendent and the project manager. REQUESTS FOR REIMBURSEMENT For detailed reimbursement information please refer to the Procedures and Forms For All Federal Programs Requests For Reimbursement document developed and distributed to all school divisions by the Virginia Department of Education. DRIVER EDUCATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICATION School Division ____________________________________ School _____________________________________________ Project Director ____________________________________ Phone # (____)______________ Fax # (____)_______________ e-mail ______________________________ Address _____________________________________________ _______________________________________ Zip _________ Project Title _______________________________________ Project Focus Area(s): ___ Accountability ___ Planning ___ Safety ___ Parent and Community ___ Technology Amount of grant funds requested $_____________ (not to exceed $1,500 per project) Project Director's Signature _________________________ Date _______________ Division Superintendent's Signature _________________________ Date ______________