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Project Lead The Way Massachusetts School Grant Program

Thank you for your interest in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Massachusetts grant opportunity. Funding for school grants is provided by the One8 Foundation and schools will receive additional programming and support from Mass STEM Hub, a program of the One8 Foundation.
Application Instructions

  1. Please review the [program overview & FAQs- NEED LINK]. Feel free to reach out to Erica Roberts (eroberts@mass-stemhub.org) with any questions. 
  2. Complete one application per program per school. 
  3. Submit all applications by the deadlines below
  4. Progress on the application can be saved - it does not need to be completed in one sitting. Click "save and continue later" and enter your email address in the green bar at the bottom of any page. 
  5. You may download a copy of the application for your reference at [insert link]
Priority deadlines (open to all schools, recommended for high schools):
  • December 21: Grant due
  • January 11, 12, 13: Finalist Interviews
  • February 2: Decisions to schools
Spring Round
  • March 1: Grant due
  • March 13, 14, 15: Interviews
  • March 31: Decisions to schools
Additional Important Dates:
  • April/May X: Grant Convening (with other programs?? Need to check)
  • May XX: Grant paperwork due
  • June-August: Summer core training
  • October: Annual State Conference

High Level Programming Expectations

A competitive application will include a plan to achieve the following program expectations over the three years of the grant as well as a clear plan to sustain the program after the three-year grant period.

 
1.  Meaningful and sustained student exposure to the program with significant student participation

    • PLTW Launch (K-5): 100% of students enrolled in the school completing at least one unit each year by year three of the grant;
    • PLTW Gateway (6-8): 75-100% of students enrolled in the school completing at least one unit each year
    • High School (9-12): 15-25% of students enrolled in the school building on track to complete a three-course pathway by year 3 of the grant;

2.  Teacher, school administrator, and district leader champions

3. Plan to financially sustain the program after the grant. 


Note: for expansion grants, applicants should clearly articulate how programming will be expanded (e.g., courses offered, students participating, number of courses/units a student is offered each year)

Grant funding is intended to support high-quality adoption of Project Lead The Way and more specifically to offset the costs associated with launching the program. Schools will be provided three payments over three years and schools will pay vendors directly. Grant funds may not be used for annual recurring costs of the program, namely the annual PLTW participation fee or consumable equipment. Grant award sizes are determined by school sizes and based on two key start-up costs:


1.  Teacher Training: all teacher who will teach a PLTW course will be trained in that program/course. At the elementary level, Launch, teachers complete a two-day training for the program while middle and high school teachers complete a training for each specific unit or course they teach

2.  Durable Equipment: schools can also use grant dollars to purchase durable equipment required for the courses they implement. This many, in some cases, include computer hardware. 


Most grant awards will follow standard PLTW grant amounts and be disbursed through three annual payments:

Program

Standard Grant

PLTW Launch

$11,000

PLTW Gateway

$25,000

PLTW Computer Science

$25,000

PLTW Engineering

$40,000

PLTW Biomedical Sciences

$45,000

Expansion Grants

$5,000-10,000

Grants are expected to be awarded at the standard level for each program; factors that may increase  grants include:

  • Number of students reached
  • Number of units/modules/courses to be offered
  • Number of teachers to be trained
  • Units/modules/courses selected (as equipment varies by course)
  • Engineering courses that are supported and strongly encouraged include Introduction to Engineering (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), and Engineering Design and Development (EDD)
  • Gateway courses that are supported and strongly encouraged include Design and Modeling (DM), Automation and Robotics (AR), App Creators (AC), Computer Science for Innovators and Makers (CSIM), and Medical Detectives (MD).
  • Maximum grant awards are as follows: PLTW Launch* $20,000, PLTW Gateway $45,000, PLTW Computer Science $35,000, PLTW Biomedical $75,000, and PLTW Engineering $55,000
* Note: Only schools with more than 500 students in grades K-5 are eligible to apply for Launch funding that exceeds the standard grant size


If awarded a grant, your school will receive a grant agreement that includes the following requirements:

  • Complete all implementation steps according to your application and grant agreement.
  • Accurately roster all students participating in PLTW programs at your school, using the PLTW interface by Oct 1.
  • Ensure students are properly enrolled in PLTW courses for the October reporting to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) of the Student Schedule System (SCS) and Student Information System (SIM).
  • Ensure all high school students will take PLTW End-of-Course assessments.
  • School/district grant team are required to attend the grant convening for all grant recipients. This is tentatively scheduled for insert convening date.
  • Ensure at least two representatives attend the Mass STEM Hub Fall Conference and Spring Educator Day
  • Ensure qualified teachers are selected to attend PLTW professional development and teach PLTW content. Math, science, vocational-tech credential, or relevant industry experience is required for 6-12 and encouraged for K-5.
  • For Launch Programs, ensure a minimum of two teachers will complete PLTW Launch Lead Teacher Training
  • Students (Grades 6-12) and teachers will be required to complete surveys as designed by PLTW, Mass STEM Hub, or its designated survey vendor.
  • PLTW middle and high school teachers commit to participating in Mass STEM Hub (Student Industry Connects) online challenges to submit student work for industry feedback.
  • Attend PLTW Core Training in state at either WPI or UMass Lowell; note grant funds may not be used for online or out of state training unless the requisite courses are not offered or extenuating circumstances arise (and schools must seek written approval) 
  • Agree to data sharing with Mass STEM Hub or designated research firm (i.e. data that is reported to PLTW can be shared with Mass STEM Hub).
  • Complete financial and grant reports by April 15 of each granted year.

School Information
1) Please select your district and school.

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3) Please provide the name and contact information of the primary grant contact.






Note: if the grant is awarded, the superintendent will sign the grant agreement and all champions listed in the application will be invited to the spring convening.






Note: if applying for more than one program, you must submit a separate application for each program

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Champions: Please identify teacher, leader, and district “champions” of the program. Note: In this context, a champion is an educator who is knowledgeable of PLTW and the grant requirements, as well as someone who is committed to high- quality implementation. These champions will be included in the insert convening date, 2023, grant convening.
Teacher Champion

Teacher Champions are PLTW teachers who will be implementing PLTW and helping lead the work with their colleagues. These champions should be knowledgeable of PLTW and committed to participating in the MA PLTW educator community – attending the Mass STEM Hub Fall Conference and Spring Educator Day, joining a learning team, attending a student event, and submitting student work for industry feedback.





School Admin/Principal Champion (will become the PLTW Site Coordinator)
The school leader champion is a school leader (e.g., Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair) who leads the PLTW implementation at the school level. Ideally, this champion will be in a leadership position and have the ability to inform common planning time/department meetings, observe teachers, review data, and make budgeting/scheduling decisions. These champions should be knowledgeable of PLTW and excited to lead the work. These champions are required to attend the grant convening and encouraged to attend the Mass STEM Hub Fall Conference and other leader programming.





District Admin Champion (will become the PLTW Program Coordinator)
The district champion is a district leader (e.g., CAO, Assistant Superintendent, Science/STEM Director) who leads the PLTW implementation at the district level – across schools. Ideally, this champion will be in a leadership position and have the ability to inform common planning time/department meetings, observe teachers, review data, make budgeting/scheduling decisions, and hold a cross school view. These champions should be knowledgeable of PLTW and excited to lead the work. These champions are required to attend the grant convening and encouraged to attend the Mass STEM Hub Fall Conference and other leader programming.





Rostering Point Person

In addition to the program champions, please identify who will be responsible for rostering students.





Financial Contact
Please indicate who will be in charge of financial processes and what entity will receive payments if your school is awarded the grant.







For additional information on PLTW roles - Program Coordinator, Site Coordinator, Teacher and General User -  please visit here.

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Programming: Please use the tables below to describe what PLTW programming will look like at your school over the grant period. Reminder: Engineering Courses that are supported and strongly encouraged include Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Engineering Design and Development. Gateway Courses that are supported and strongly encouraged include Design and Modeling, Automation and Robotics, App Creators, Computer Science for Innovators and Makers, and Medical Detectives.

Year 1 (SY23-24) Year 2 (SY24-25) Year 3 (SY25-26)
Pre-K
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Y1 (SY23-24) Y2 (SY24-25) Y3 (SY25-26)
Pre-K
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Y1 (SY23-24) Y2 (SY24-25) Y3 (SY25-26)
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

For new Launch programs, we have developed two recommended module sequences to support new schools’ adoption of the program.  Theses sequences are based on input from educators and take into account costs, standards alignment, and student experience. Schools may choose different modules, but we highly recommend one of the sequences below.

 

Sequence 1: MA PLTW STEM Path

       K.1 – Structures and function

       K.2 – Pushes and pulls

       1.1 – Light and sound

       1.4 – Animated storytelling

       2.1 – Properties of matter

       2.4 – Grides and games

       3.2 – Stability and motion: forces & interactions

       3.4 – Programming patterns

       4.1 – Energy collisions

       4.2 – Energy: conversions

       5.1 – Robotics and automation

       5.5 – Matter: Properties and reactions

Sequence 2: MA PLTW STEM + CS Path

       K.1 – Structures and function

       K.4 – Animals and Algorithms

       1.1 – Light and sound

       1.4 – Animated storytelling

       2.1 – Properties of matter

       2.4 – Grides and games

       3.2 – Stability and motion: forces & interactions

       3.4 – Programming patterns

       4.3 – Input/output: Computer systems

       4.4 – Input/output: human brain

       5.4 – Infection: modeling and simulation

       5.5 – Matter: properties and reactions






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Please complete the budget template below to indicate the total funding request for the program for which you are  seeking grant support; it does NOT represent your full implementation budget. The PLTW website and the investment tool (found hereprovide detailed information on costs by program and by unit/module/course.

 

Need help? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions.  We are more than happy to help you with your budget. Please contact Katherine (kskrivan@mass-stemhub.org)

 

Budget:

*Course specific durable equipment is defined as equipment that does not need to be purchased every year (i.e. is NOT a consumable) and is listed on the PLTW website as required for the unit/module/course being offered.

**Computer hardware purchases must not exceed PLTW max device ratios and are subject to school-wide limits:

·Launch: Up to one computer cart for schools pursuing the CS pathway

·Gateway & High school: 1 computer per 1 student; max of 25 and 1 tablet per 2 students; max of 10

·Note: Grant funds may NOT be used for optional equipment (including smart boards)

PLTW Launch Grant Request

Launch grants are set at a standard $11,000 per school and are intended to offset the costs of implementing two modules per grade level and based off the sequences outlined above.  The budget assumes that durable kits are shared within a grade level, including for VEX modules (3.2, 4.1, 5.1) especially given higher cost for VEX equipment. Consumable kits serve 30 students. In year 1, additional consumable kits should be purchased by the school if needed. Costs do not include launch logs. Training includes training fee and lodging. If your school enrollment is grades K-5 is larger than 500 students, you may request additional funding up to the maximum grant of $20,000.  




Please use the table below to show how you will allocate your $11,000 grant.

Year 1 (SY '23-24) Year 2 (SY '24-25) Year 3 (SY '25-26)
Total Classroom teacher training fees- Number of teachers x $500 (Launch training fee)
Lead Teacher Training (Teachers must attend Classroom training first)- Number of teachers x $700 (Launch training fee)
Room & board for teacher training- Number of teachers training x $XX (Room & Board price at WPI)
Course Level Durable Equipment (i.e. durable equipment kits)*
Computer Hardware**

Launch Expansion Grant Request
Year 1 ('23-24) Year 2 ('24-25) Year 3 ('25-26)
Total Classroom teacher training fees- Number of teachers x $500 (Launch training fee)
Lead Teacher Training (Teachers must attend Classroom training first)- Number of teachers x $700 (Launch training fee)
Room & board for teacher training- Number of teachers training x $XX (Room & Board price at WPI)
Course Level Durable Equipment (i.e. durable equipment kits)*
Computer Hardware**

PLTW Gateway Grant Request
Year 1 (SY '23-24) Year 2 (SY '24-25) Year 3 (SY '25-26)
Total teacher training fees- Number of teachers x $1200 (Gateway training fee)
Room & board for teacher training- Number of teachers training x $XX (Room & Board price at WPI)
Course Specific Durable Equipment (i.e. durable equipment kits)*
Computer Hardware**

PLTW High School Biomedical Science Grant Request
Year 1 (SY '23-24) Year 2 (SY '24-25) Year 3 (SY '25-26)
Total teacher training fees- Number of teachers x $2400 (High School training fee)
Room & board for teacher training- Number of teachers training x $XX (Room & Board price at WPI)
Course Specific Durable Equipment (i.e. durable equipment kits)*
Computer Hardware**

PLTW High School Computer Science Grant Request
Year 1 (SY '23-24) Year 2 (SY '24-25) Year 3 (SY '25-26)
Total teacher training fees- Number of teachers x $2400 (High School training fee)
Room & board for teacher training- Number of teachers training x $XX (Room & Board price at WPI)
Course Specific Durable Equipment (i.e. durable equipment kits)*
Computer Hardware**

PLTW High School Engineering Grant Request
Year 1 (SY '23-24) Year 2 (SY '24-25) Year 3 (SY '25-26)
Total teacher training fees- Number of teachers x $2400 (High School training fee)
Room & board for teacher training- Number of teachers training x $XX (Room & Board price at WPI)
Course Specific Durable Equipment (i.e. durable equipment kits)*
Computer Hardware**

Grant Budget Narrative


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Interview Scheduling
As part of the grant application process, schools may be invited to participate in a 45-minute interview.  We are asking all applicants to schedule a tentative interview time now and the team will confirm the interview at latest one week prior to the date and time selected.

We suggest including the primary grant applicant, as well as the district-level, school-level, and teacher-leader champions as appropriate and possible.

Please schedule your team for an application interview by visiting the Calendly scheduling page.