Hartford Region Open Choice Academic & Social Support Grant Information Session June 16, 2009

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Hartford Region Open Choice Academic & Social Support Grant Information Session

  • June 16, 2009



  • Ensure academic and social success for students participating in the Open Choice (OC) program in the Hartford region



  • Two parts to the formula:

    • Per Pupil Award: Based on October 1, 2008 enrollment plus January 1, 2009 adjustments.
      • $800 per student for K – 5 students
      • $1250 per student for 6 – 12 students
    • Tiered Incentive: Based on October 1, 2009 enrollment.
      • $50,000 if OC enrollment is >2% and <2.5%
      • $75,000 if OC enrollment is >= 2.5% and <3%
      • $115,000 if OC enrollment is >= 3%


  • Availability of funds:

    • Per Pupil Award: To be awarded upon approval of State budget and approval of application
    • Tiered Incentive: To be awarded by December 1, 2009, based on October 1, 2009 enrollment
  • District should apply for funds based on entire amount the district expects to be eligible for in 2009-10.

Allowable costs

  • See application for a list of allowable activities and allowable costs

    • e.g.: after school tutoring
  • Indirect costs are not allowable

  • Activities and costs not listed may be approvable. Contact the program manager or your grant contact for clarification.

Allowable costs

  • Supplement, not supplant

  • Funds should be used to support students in need of assistance. Open Choice students and/or families should be among those served, but not the only recipients of service.

  • Both programmatic and budget revisions must be pre-approved by your grant contact.

Program Narrative

  • If intending to fund multiple strategies, provide a page for each strategy proposed

  • Indicated if strategy is district wide or school-based

  • Describe need and how need was identified

Program Narrative

  • Describe strategy to be implemented to address identified need(s). Include:

    • Research base or other evidence of effectiveness
    • Timeline for implementation
    • Population to be served
  • Intended outcome

  • Measuring progress toward the outcome


  • What Works Clearinghouse: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/

  • Doing What Works: http://dww.ed.gov/index.cfm

  • CT’s Framework for RTI: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/Pressroom/SRBI_full.pdf

  • National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices: http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/


  • ED114 – expected expenditures per line item

  • Budget narrative

    • Specify items and services to be purchased with grant funds
    • Budget items must clearly support the strategies described in the program narrative

District Entitlement

  • Updated entitlement estimates, based on declarations

  • Tiered incentives

  • Updating seat declarations

Status Report

  • Mid-year and final reports due January 15, 2010 and July 15, 2010, respectively

  • Report on strategies and progress measures described in program narrative

  • Project spending to end of FY

Grant Contacts

Contact Information

  • Kathy Demsey: kathy.demsey@ct.gov or (860) 713-6542

  • Ann Gaulin: ann.gaulin@ct.gov or

  • (860) 713-6544

  • Regina Hopkins: regina.hopkins@ct.gov or (860) 713-6549

  • Christine Ruman: christine.ruman@ct.gov or (860) 713-6546

Additional Support Planned

  • Connecticut Accountability for Learning Initiative (CALI) http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2700&Q=322192

    • Primarily for districts with <2% OC enrollment
    • Modules/Services:


  • Remember!

  • Grant is due on

  • July 15, 2009

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