Berkshire County Curriculum Frameworks Project
Schools through the Commonwealth are transitioning to new curriculum standards based on the Common Core State Standards. The process of incorporating these standards is complex and extensive. This project will allow multiple districts to build and apply support provided by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The program will develop curriculum maps and pacing guides which will provide detailed guidelines for educators to implement changes in their classroom practices.
Funding Amount: $89,520
Participating entities: Central Berkshire Regional School District (Lead); Adams-
Cheshire Regional School District; Berkshire Hills Regional School District; Northern Berkshire Vocational Technical School District; Southern Berkshire Regional School District; The public school districts of the towns of Clarksburg, Florida, Savoy, Lee, and Lenox
Creating in District Programs for Students with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
This project will allowed school districts, working with an education collaborative, to pool resources to meet the needs of students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. The project increased the capacity of public schools to meet the needs of students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders and coordinate the crisis and behavioral intervention services to support students in their public school placements.
Funding Amount: $110,800
Participating entities: Towns of Agawam (Lead), East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Ludlow, and West Springfield; Hampden-Wilbraham and Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School Districts
Monomoy Regional School District Transition
Monomoy became the newest regional school district in the Commonwealth when, after several years of study, the school districts of the Towns of Harwich and Chatham consolidated into a new regional district. The CIC program provided funding to develop a common technology platform and to integrate two disparate systems into one new system.
Funding Amount: $204,000
Participating entity: Monomoy School District
Regionalizing Special Education Services for Children with Dyslexia
Several students with disabilities are outplaced to special education schools at a high cost to the district. Grant funding allowed this district to develop an in-district program for dyslexic students in grades 4 and 5.
Funding Amount: $109,000
Participating entity: Manchester-Essex Regional School DistrictManchester-Essex regional School District Final Report
Regionalized Technology Support Services
Five independent school districts share a superintendent of schools and central office support staff. However, each school district had its own technology support structures operating independently of Central Office, causing duplication of efforts and resources. This grant has allowed Central Office to begin an implementation of coordinated technology services across all the district schools, resulting in cost saving results. Additionally, grant funds have allowed the District to explore potential collaborations with representative town governments around web site development and the implementation of high speed fiber optic networks via the Mass Broadband Initiative.
Funding Amount: $78,000
Participating entities: Hampshire regional School District (Lead); Chesterfield-Goshen Regional School District; Towns of Southampton, Westhampton, and Williamsburg
Regionaliazing Technology Support Services
Shaker Mountain Union #70 is comprised of the school districts of the Towns of Richmond, Hancock, and New Ashford, with a combined population of 225 students in two schools. Working together, these districts, who share a superintendent, will work together to improve the efficiencies of their technological applications for human resources, accounting, finance, communication, curriculum collaboration, professional development, and educational support.
Funding Amount: $52,037
Participating entities: Towns of Richmond (Lead), Amherst, and Pelham
School StatNet Pilot
A coalition of school districts, supported by the Collins Center and under the direction of a steering committee, will replicate the successful New England StatNet program. As part of the effort, an analyst will consolidate student assessment and operational data and work to help answer questions and dilemmas that districts face. The coalition will host four meetings open to all Massachusetts school districts, at which participating district personnel will discuss the analyzed data along with related operational decisions and best practices.
Funding Amount: $38,236
Participating entities: Cities of Somerville (Lead), Fitchburg, Revere, and Chicopee
Southeast Technology Network
Working with 11 school districts, the North River Collaborative developed a regional technology network to efficiently address identified shared technology needs of school districts to increase capacity through shared resources. The project will prepare teachers to implement best practices in technology integration, create technology teacher leaders in participating districts, and establish a process and online system through which teachers can share effective technology infused lessons.
Funding Amount: $199,690
Participating entities: Towns of Abington (Lead); Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District; South Shore Vocational Technical School District; Whitman-Hanson Regional School District; Towns of Avon, Hanover, Hingham, Holbrook, and West Bridgewater, and the North River Collaborative
Special Education Cost Savings through Full Regionalization
The newly formed K-12 Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District developed and enhanced an in-district special education program for elementary school students.
Funding Amount: $173,000
Participating entities: Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District
Expansion of the Southwick-Tolland Regional School District to Add the Town of Granville
The Town of Granville previously maintained a separate K-8 school district and, utilized grant funding to merge the district into the Southwick-Tolland Regional School District.
Funding Amount: $44,000
Participating entities: Southwick-Tolland Regional School District (Lead); Town of Granville
Vocational School District Expansion
The oldest regional vocational district in the state, NBVST received a grant to add the towns of Cheshire and Lanesborough to the regional agreement. This will provide representation for the two towns on the regional school committee and will allow the communities to avoid costs over time by paying annual assessments as opposed to tuition.
Funding Amount: $23,975
Participating entities: Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District (NBVST) (Lead); Towns of Cheshire and Lanesborough