@Scale Project Initiative
@Scale is a strategic initiative, by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, to focus public and private resources in support of an integrated portfolio of education enhancement projects aligned to achieve the goals of the Commonwealth’s STEM Plan (.PDF). This portfolio will address the domains of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and span education levels from pre-K to college/workforce. Selecting and sustainably funding this portfolio of projects is an important first step in developing a systemic framework to engage and support a greater number and diverse body of students in STEM learning and career pathways and will be done in phases.
Release of @Scale RFP – Phase III & IV
This final request for proposals (RFP), phase III and IV in a series of four phases under the @Scale Project Initiative, addresses Student Interest, Student Academic Achievement and Educator Effectiveness - goals 1, 2 and 5 of the state STEM Plan. Phase III focuses on mathematics, science or technology/engineering in elementary and middle grade levels while Phase IV focuses on these subjects in pre-K education programs.
Qualifying projects must:
- Address the goals defined in Massachusetts STEM plan of Academic Achievement and Educator Effectiveness for elementary and middle school programs or Student Interest and Educator Effectiveness for early education and care programs,
- Identify target student/educator populations to be served and address/describe how the proposed project is anticipated to achieve projected outcomes and how those projected outcomes will be measured and tracked,
- Demonstrate history of successful outcomes for the targeted populations of students and educators,
- Incorporate design characteristics, infrastructure and support systems that support scale-up and/or replication, as well as, sustainability to serve many more students/workers/educators, statewide,
- Effectively use data to target, quantify and project outcome improvements in context of the goals defined in Massachusetts STEM Plan,
- Document cost-effectiveness on a per-student/teacher basis,
- Incorporate education partners representing schools and/or school districts, early education and care provider organizations, colleges and universities, out-of-school or after-school programs and the Regional STEM Networks,
- Reference prior formative and summative assessments, evaluations and outcomes, preferably conducted by independent 3rd party evaluators,
- Identify private (non-state) funding partners that will support the project with matching funds based upon a target of $1:$3 public to private funding (Massachusetts state funds matched to private (corporate or foundation) or other sources (federal programs e.g. NSF, DOE, other).
This @Scale RFP (.PDF) is open until Friday, July 19, 2013. If you have questions about the RFP, refer to the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) document (.PDF). The FAQ was developed from questions asked and answered during the June 13, 2013, informational session. Please direct any additional questions to Keith Connors, Program Manager of the STEM Pipeline Fund, at email@example.com.
In 2012, the STEM Council selected and endorsed seven projects for meeting the @Scale criteria. These projects each proposed scale-up implementation projects requiring a match of public funds with private funds on a target ration of $1:$3 public to private. These projects already have or, in a few cases, are completing their funding match requirement while beginning their scale-up implementation projects. The focus of this first phase of @Scale addressed student interest and readiness, goals 1 and 3 of the state STEM Plan.
Subsequently, the STEM Council announced an expansion of this initial seven project pilot to a planned portfolio of approximately 20 projects over three more phases for a total of four. The @Scale Project Initiative will address the spectrum of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics across learning levels from Pre-K through Elementary, Secondary and college/Workforce. Currently, Phase II of @Scale is open. Latter phases (Phases III and IV) will focus on middle and high school science and mathematics achievement and finally, elementary, pre-K and out-of-school/afterschool pipeline development. You can read more about the @Scale Project Initiative here.