SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 48
July 3, 1997
||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||Professional Development Grant Funded under Title VI,
Innovative Education Program Strategies
Title VI, Innovative Education Program Strategies funds that were set-aside to meet state educational priorities will be used to provide $3,000 Professional Development Grants to local school divisions. A Standards of Learning Implementation Survey was conducted by the Department during the 1996-97 school year. Professional development was identified as a major area of need by a majority of school divisions. All divisions are eligible for the grants which are intended to support local efforts to (1) implement standards-based curriculum and assessments, and (2) expand teacher knowledge and use of effective instructional strategies. The Professional Development Grants are to supplement and expand state, local, or federally funded professional development activities that the division will conduct during the 1997-98 school year. Equipment or materials purchased with the funds must be essential to professional development activities supported by the grants. For purposes of this grant, attendance at conferences will not be considered professional development. Grant funds may be used to support stipends for personnel involved in professional development activities beyond normal hours, or to pay tuition for college courses if the activity is undertaken to advance the implementation of curriculum and assessments related to the Standards of Learning, or to improve classroom instruction. Private school personnel participating in a division's Title VI program must be offered the opportunity to take part in any professional development activity supported by these grant funds (workshops, seminars, etc.). Divisions that wish to apply for the grant must certify compliance with state and federal rules applicable to the use of Title VI funds. An application form is attached. Applications for the grant must provide the requested information and be submitted no later than August 15, 1997. Divisions that meet the application deadline and are notified that the applications have been received in approvable form may begin to encumber funds as of September 1, 1997. All funds provided for this grant must be encumbered by a school division no later than September 30, 1998. Requests for reimbursements under these grants should be submitted by December 15, 1998, and will not be accepted after December 31, 1998. All grants will be in the amount of $3,000 unless the applicant indicates need of a lesser sum. Indirect costs may not be charged against these grants. Participating divisions will be asked to submit a one-page evaluative summary of the professional development activities undertaken with grant funds. This summary must cover the sections outlined in the application narrative and will be due no later than November 1, 1998. Questions about the grants or application requirements should be directed to Mr. George Irby, Director of Compensatory Programs, or to the specialist in the Office of Compensatory Programs that is assigned to your region. RTL:cd Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.