BUDGET JUSTIFICATION In this grant proposal we are requesting a total of $1,390,503 for direct costs and $1,710,023 for total (indirect and direct) costs. PERSONNEL Dr X. will serve as Principal Investigator. In addition to her duties as a professor, Dr. X co-directs the TC Research Center. Dr. X will donate 7% of her time to this project. Dr. Postdoc, a minority Research Scientist, will serve as co-investigator. She will coordinate the project, and supervise other literacy-related research activities. She has extensive experience in measure development and video-tape coding. She will spend 50% of her time on this project each year. Dr. Project Director, Research Scientist, TC Research Center, has extensive experience in evaluation research involving school partnerships. She will spend 5% of her time on this project each year. Administrative Coordinator, TBN, is responsible for managing all Center administrative activities (such as coordinating meetings, organizing data, assisting collaborators, purchasing necessary materials, and supervising clerical staff). The Administrative Coordinator will spend 15% of their time on the project in each year. Director of Finance will be responsible for the daily management functions of financial matters, related project tasks and fiscal reporting. She will spend 15% of her time each year on this project. TBN: Research Assistant will be responsible for data collection, coding, and project maintenance. She/he will spend 50% of her time on the project each year. TBN, Graduate Assistant will be responsible for project management, data collection and coding, and assisting in information dissemination. She will be paid $17.50 per hour for 20 hours per week. Graduate Research Fellow will be responsible for data collection and coding, project maintenance, and assisting in information dissemination. She will be paid $15.25 per hour for 20 hours per week. Note on Salaries: We have accounted for an annual increase of five percent in the Director’s salaries and four percent a year for researchers and other staff, which is in accord with Teachers College Annual Cost of Living Increase Policy. Fringe Benefits: Fringe benefits consist of the following: legally required benefits which include worker's compensation, unemployment insurance and severance allowance; insurance and retirement benefits which include Major Medical, group life insurance, disability insurance, and retirement annuity; non-cash benefits consisting of vacation, sick time and other time off with pay. The fringe benefit rate for professional staff is 37% of salaries and wages. The fringe benefit rate for Graduate Assistant positions is 8.3% of salaries and wages. PROJECT COSTS SUPPLIES We are requesting $39,960 to cover the expenses associated with general office supplies, implementation supplies, and data collection supplies in Years 1 through 4. General office supplies in Years 1-4 are $2,000, $2,000, $2,500, and $2,500. Implementation supplies in Years 1-3 are $4,160, $12,480, $8,320 (video tapes, books, web-based CDs, Teachers Manuals, participant take-home bags). Data collection supplies (test kits, record forms, protocols) for Years 1-3 are $2,000, $2,000, and $2000. TELEPHONE, FAX, POSTAGE We are requesting a total of $11,000 for the project over 4 years to cover the costs of communications. CONSULTANTS TRAINING CONSULTANT will provide on-site teacher instruction in curriculum strategies and use of curriculum. In Year One, she will be paid $300 per day, respectively, for work performed over 20 days. In Year Two, the work will continue over 40 days at the same rates. In Year Three the work will be performed over 20 days at the same rates. CURRICULUM CONSULTANT will provide curriculum implementation and trouble-shooting advice. In Year One, she will be paid at $400 per day for work performed over 20 days. In Year Two, the work will continue over 40 days at the same rates. In Year Three the work will be performed over 20 days at the same rates. DATA ANALYST CONSULTANT will provide statistical consultation services and will be compensated at the rate of $72,881 over four years, disseminated annually in amounts based on total time and services proffered. His hourly rate is $28.00 and each year allows for fractional time. DATA COLLECTORS A team of four graduate student data collectors will be hired to at the rate of $12 per hour for 120 hours of data collection in Year 1. A team of four data collector will work 300 hours in Year 2 at $12 per hour. A team of four will work 180 hours at $12 per hour in Year 3. RELEASE TIME PAYMENTS Teachers will be compensated for release time during training at the rate of $300 per day for four days of training for 14 teachers in Year One, 28 teachers in Year Two, and 14 teachers in Year Three. SUB-CONTRACTS Funds are also requested for on-site consultant/coordinator for every two schools at the rate of 25% of a salary based at $60,000 per year or $15,000 per year per coordinator. Year One will have five coordinators, Year Two will have six coordinators, and Year Three will have six coordinators. A four percent increase in salary is requested for each year. PARTICIPANT SUPPORT Incentives for Participants Funds are requested to provide incentives for participants at the rate of $30 per family. In Year One, there are 420 families and we will visit them twice annually. In Year Two, there are 780 families and we will visit them annually. In Year Three we will visit 360 families and meet once. Incentives for Schools We will pay each school $1,000 for their participation. In all years, we will need 10 schools for this work. TV AND VCR Funds are also requested to provide televisions and VCRs to classrooms at each school at the rate of $500 each. In Year One we request $4,000 in Year Two we request $8,000 and in Year Three we will need $4,000 for this expense. COMPUTER Two computers will be purchased for project work in Year One for a total of $5,000. TRAVEL We are requesting travel money for 3 sets of activities: for teacher training, data collection and to attend project related and dissemination meetings. Teacher training travel will be to the training sites in the New York city area to train teachers in using the curriculum. Data collection travel will to the participating schools to collect data. Travel to meetings will be for regular project meetings, location to be determined by funding agency and to meetings and conferences to present findings from the study. In Year 1, $6,000 is being requested for travel across all activities. In Years Two, additional funds for data collection travel have been requested as the sample size will increase, ($7,000). In Year 3, in addition to training and data collection travel, we intend on beginning our dissemination efforts, hence travel money is included for presentations at meetings and conferences. We plan to present data from this project (if abstracts are accepted) at the Prestigious National Conference ($8,000). In Year Four we request $3,000 in travel for follow up meetings associated with the project work. DISSEMINATION We are requesting $4,000 in funds for the fourth year of the project to provide the necessary materials to facilitate communication of findings. INDIRECT COST RATE The Teachers College indirect cost rate of 68.6% is taken from a base of direct salaries and wages including vacation, holiday, sick pay and other paid absences but excluding all other fringe benefits. 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