Notice of Grant Opportunity
New Jersey Charter Schools Grant Program
Year 2 of 2
Lucille E. Davy
Acting Commissioner of Education
Acting Assistant Commissioner
Division of Educational Programs and Assessment
Office of Vocational-Technical, Career, and Innovative Programs
Application Due Date: September 21, 2006
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
ARNOLD G. HYNDMAN ………………………………………… Warren
ARCELIO APONTE ……….……………………………………… Middlesex
RONALD K. BUTCHER ………………………………………….. Gloucester
DEBRA CASHA…………………………………………………… Morris
MAUD DAHME …………………………………………………... Hunterdon
KATHLEEN A. DIETZ ……………………………………………. Somerset
JOSEPHINE E. HERNANDEZ ……………………………………. Union
FREDERICK J. LAGARDE, JR. ..………………………………… Passaic
ERNEST P. LEPORE ……..………………………….……………. Hudson
THELMA NAPOLEON-SMITH …………………………….…….. Mercer
EDWARD M. TAYLOR…………………………………………… Camden
Lucille E. Davy, Acting Commissioner
Acting Secretary, State Board of Education
It is a policy of the New Jersey State Board of Education and the State Department of Education
that no person, on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, age, sex, handicap or marital
status, shall be subjected to discrimination in employment or be excluded from or denied benefits
of any activity, program or service for which the department has responsibility. The department
will comply with all state and federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
When responding to this Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO), applicants must also access the
"Discretionary Grant Application (DGA)" for additional information governing the grant
See www.state.nj.us/njded/grants/discretionary/apps/ or call the Application Control Center
(ACC) at 609-633-6974.
SECTION 1: GRANT PROGRAM INFORMATION PAGE
1.1 Description of the Grant Program 1
1.2 Eligibility to Apply 2
1.3 Statutory/Regulatory Source and Funding 3
1.4 Dissemination of This Notice 3
1.5 Technical Assistance 4
1.6 Application Submission 4
1.7 Reporting Requirements 5
1.8 Assessment of Statewide Program Results 5
SECTION 2: PROJECT GUIDELINES
2.1 Project Design Considerations 6
2.2 Project Requirements 10
2.3 Budget Design Considerations 12
2.4 Budget Requirements 13
SECTION 3: COMPLETING THE APPLICATION
3.1 General Instructions for Applying 14
3.2 Evaluation of Applications 14
3.3 Application Component Checklist 15
NCLB Definition – Scientifically Based Research
SECTION 1: GRANT PROGRAM INFORMATION
1.1 DESCRIPTION OF THE GRANT PROGRAM
The purpose of the New Jersey Department of Education’s Charter School Grant Program, Dissemination 4,
is to broaden the impact of charter school innovations and successful practices in order to improve student
achievement statewide in New Jersey’s public schools. Eligible renewed charter schools will be selected to
develop projects to disseminate information, training, and technical assistance on documented successful
practices that have been piloted in the grantee charter school.
Each awarded grantee will:
1) Disseminate information on a successful practice implemented by the grantee charter school;
2) Research and develop dissemination materials on innovative successful practices in other
charter schools or traditional public schools;
3) Implement statewide dissemination activities; and
4) Coordinate hands-on technical assistance for schools in need.
This grant award is the second year of a two year program. Year 2 of 2 (continuation grant) will start
October 1, 2006 and end August 31, 2007. The populations to be served by this grant program include:
students in grades pre-K through 12, teachers, administrators, staff, boards of trustees, school boards, and
parents of students in New Jersey’s charter schools and in traditional public schools statewide.
Through this program, the department envisions the creation of multiple structured opportunities for
participating schools statewide to learn about, experience, adapt and implement the proven successful
practices of the five selected charter schools. ―Successful practices‖ encompass all facets of education,
including curriculum development; instructional strategies and approaches; special education services, fiscal
management; facilities issues; as well as others that contribute to documented progress in any of the
following four broad categories:
improved student achievement;
high levels of parent satisfaction;
strong governance and leadership; and
financial viability and stability.
1.2 ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY
This is a multi-year limited competitive grant program that is open to agencies that previously received the
award through the competitive process under the originating NGO. The eligible applicants are:
Galloway Community Charter School
Greater Brunswick Charter School
Robert Treat Academy Charter School
1.3 STATUTORY/REGULATORY SOURCE AND FUNDING
The applicant’s project must be designed and implemented in conformance with all applicable state and
federal regulations. The New Jersey Charter Schools Grant Program, Dissemination 4, Year 2 is 100
percent federally funded under the U.S. Department of Education Public Charter Schools Program (P.L. 103-
382, Part C—Public Charter Schools). Grant funds are Restricted Revenue, and the awarded amount from
the New Jersey Charter Schools Grant Program must stay with the charter school. Control of funds must
remain with the board of trustees of the charter school.
The grant agreement period for Year 2 of 2 begins October 1, 2006 and ends August 31, 2007. Up to
$64,835 per award will be granted to the three (3) eligible charter schools with a maximum of $194,505 to be
awarded. Year 2 of 2 continuation awards will be subject to the availability of New Jersey Charter Schools
Grant Program funds.
The award of continuation funds remains discretionary; therefore, grantees eligible for continuation funding
are obligated to meet all of the requirements of the grant set forth in Year 1 of 2. Failure to comply with all
requirements will result in an application’s elimination from consideration for any further funding under the
grant program for the duration of the multiyear grant period.
1.4 DISSEMINATION OF THIS NOTICE
The Office of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs/Charter Schools will make this notice
available to eligible applicants listed in Section 1.2, the regional assistant commissioners and the county
superintendents in which the eligible agencies are located.
Important: This Notice of Grant Opportunity does not constitute the complete application package. All
applicants must use this NGO in combination with the Discretionary Grant Application (DGA), which
contains required guidance, application forms and instructions, necessary to prepare a complete application.
The DGA is available on the New Jersey Department of Education website at:
www.state.nj.us/njded/grants/discretionary/apps/ or by contacting the Application Control Center at the New
Jersey Department of Education, River View Executive Plaza, Building 100, Route 29, P.O. Box 500,
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500; telephone (609) 633-6974; fax (609) 777-1051.
Additional copies of the NGO are also available on the NJDOE web site (above) or by contacting the Office
of Vocational-Technical, Career and Innovative Programs/Charter Schools at the New Jersey Department of
Education, River View Executive Plaza, Building 100, Route 29, P.O. Box 500, Trenton, NJ 08625-0500;
telephone (609) 292-5850; fax (609) 633-9825.
1.5 TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Technical assistance will be provided individually to the eligible applicant agency upon request. Please call
Maryann Marian at (609) 292-5850 for assistance.
1.6 APPLICATION SUBMISSION
The Department of Education operates discretionary grant programs in strict conformance with procedures
designed to ensure accountability and integrity in the use of public funds and, therefore, will not accept late
The responsibility for a timely submission resides with the applicant. The Application Control Center (ACC)
must receive an original and four copies of the complete application NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. ON
SEPTEMBER 21, 2006. Without exception, the ACC will not accept, and the Office of Grants
Management cannot evaluate for funding consideration, an application received after this deadline. An
applicant agency will lose the opportunity to be considered eligible for an award if the application is received
after the due date.
The original and four (4) copies of the application must be mailed or delivered to:
Application Control Center
New Jersey Department of Education
River View Executive Plaza, Building 100
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Applicants are encouraged either to:
hand deliver the application to the address above which is located next to Mercer County Waterfront
Park on Route 29 in Trenton, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
(excluding state holidays) and obtain a dated receipt; or
send the application by Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested; or
arrange for delivery by an overnight delivery service to ensure timely delivery and receipt of the
Postmarks are not acceptable evidence of timely submission. Receipt by the due date and time is required.
Applicants are encouraged to obtain a receipt or to sign in upon delivery to verify DOE receipt. Complete
applications are those that include all elements listed in Section 3.3, Application Component Checklist of this
notice. Applications received by the due date and time will be screened to determine whether they are, in
fact, eligible for evaluation. The Department of Education reserves the right to reject any application not in
conformance with the requirements of this NGO. Applications submitted by fax cannot be accepted
under any circumstances.
1.7 REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
Grant recipients are required to submit periodic project and fiscal progress reports. For additional
information about post award requirements see the Grant Recipient’s Manual for Discretionary Grants at:
Reports for this program will be due as follows:
Report Reporting Period Due Date
1st Interim October 1, 2006 to
January 15, 2007
December 31, 2006
2nd Interim October 1, 2006 to
April 16, 2007
March 31, 2007
3rd Interim October 1, 2006 to
July 16, 2007
June 30, 2007
Final October 1, 2006 to
October 31, 2007
August 31, 2007
In the required final report narrative, grant recipients should provide a self-evaluation of the effectiveness of
the New Jersey Charter Schools Grant Program, Dissemination 4 in disseminating materials and
providing training and technical assistance to charter schools and traditional public schools statewide.
1.8 ASSESSMENT OF STATEWIDE PROGRAM RESULTS
Statewide program results will be gauged using multiple sources of information including, but not limited to,
individual program reports indicating achievement of objectives through specific indicators of success, and
through student test results. Evidence of improved sustainability, such as an increase in the number of
renewed charter schools, will also be assessed. Additionally, the Office of Charter Schools will use the data
collected from the funded charter schools to develop the annual performance report, which will be submitted
by the office to the U. S. Department of Education.
SECTION 2: PROJECT GUIDELINES
The intent of this section is to provide the applicant with the program framework within which it will plan,
design, and develop its proposed project to meet the purpose of this grant program. Before preparing
applications, potential applicants are advised to review Section 1.1 of this NGO to ensure a full
understanding of the state’s vision and purpose for offering the program. Additionally, the information
contained in Section 2 will complete the applicant’s understanding of the specific considerations and
requirements that are to be considered and/or addressed in their project.
When developing an application, the agency must use the Discretionary Grant Application (DGA). The
DGA contains the requirements, forms and instructions applicable to all grant programs. The application
selection process is based upon conformance with the application requirements contained in the DGA and
the project specific information contained in Sections 2 and 3 of this NGO.
2.1 PROJECT DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
The mandated goal of the New Jersey Charter Schools Grant Program, Dissemination 4 is to improve
student achievement statewide in charter schools and in traditional public schools by disseminating
information and providing training and technical assistance on documented successful practices implemented
by selected renewed charter schools and by other schools statewide or nationwide. By focusing the activities
of this program on the dissemination of proven successful practices by veteran renewed charter schools, and
by requiring implementation of dissemination activities statewide, the department ensures the broadest
impact on students, educators, and administrators across the state.
Priority Areas for Dissemination 4 Grants
Building capacity and long term sustainability in charter schools is the primary aim of the New Jersey
Department of Education in making dissemination grants. Falling under this broad umbrella are a number of
key areas of need for many charter schools, including special education, governance and leadership
development, school facilities, effective staffing, statutory and regulatory requirements, marketing, financial
management, and institutional self-assessment. While the department is interested in funding dissemination
projects that address the following areas, it will also consider dissemination projects that address other areas.
The following four areas can be of consideration in the New Jersey Charter Schools Grant Program,
1) Special Education Issues, including development of a consortium model for shared child study team
services and/or delivery of mandated special education programs that includes a plan for
sustainability beyond the project period;
2) Facilities Issues, including facilities planning; identification of appropriate facility; negotiating lease
agreements; purchasing a facility; financing capital improvements to a building; selecting and
working with architects & design professionals; navigating local planning board issues, etc.;
3) Leadership and Governance Issues, including the role of board members and officers, legal and
ethical responsibilities, board recruitment and training, policy making and fiduciary responsibilities,
guidelines for governance and accountability, etc., and
4) Marketing and Public Relations, including strategies to increase the public’s understanding of
charter schools and enhance awareness of charter school achievements in New Jersey.
Activities for Consideration
In designing the program, applicants are encouraged to consider dissemination activities that address areas of
documented need including, but not limited to, the following:
promoting increased student achievement;
serving the needs of students with educational disabilities and limited English proficiency;
securing and/or developing appropriate school facilities;
establishing or enhancing an effective governance structure;
assisting with the planning and start-up of new schools;
providing intensive training to build capacity in new charter school lead persons;
marketing and public relations;
establishing policies and procedures;
hiring and developing staff;
developing and implementing curricula;
developing and implementing budget and fiscal procedures;
serving diverse student populations;
developing student service-learning programs;
developing business/community partnership programs; and
conducting program self-evaluations to drive continuous educational improvement.
To achieve the mandated goal, the state has identified four (4) required objectives designed to promote
sustainability and increase student achievement through replication and dissemination of documented
successful charter school practices.
Eligible applicant must address the following:
Year 2 of 2, 2006-2007 must continue objective 2 from Year 1, and must address objectives 3
The Year 2 of 2 application must include:
Project Abstract/Update—provide a brief summary of the proposed project, covering the progress
towards the goals and objectives of Year 1 and an abstract of the Year 2 project.
Project Description—address the comprehensive project plan for the second-year of the grant project.
Goals/Objectives/Indicators—identify the indicators to cover the mandated goal and all objectives for
the year two program. Provide specific indicators identifying how you will reach the goal and
Project Activity Plan—include for Year 2 only.
Budget Detail Forms—include for Year 2 only.
For other required application elements, please see Section 3.3, Application Checklist.
Grantees must design their project to achieve all objectives by the end of the multi-year grant. The
mandated objectives are:
YEAR 2 OF 2, 2006-07
Must continue objective 2 and must address objectives 3, and 4.
Objective 2: Implementation of Dissemination Activities Statewide
Disseminate, on a statewide basis, information on successful practices by: conducting statewide professional
development institute(s); implementing consortium models for delivery of services which target areas of
demonstrated need, such as special education, facilities issues, leadership and governance, etc.; and
developing and launching a Web site featuring the identified successful practices and providing links to
appropriate charter school-related Web sites. In developing the statewide dissemination activities, grantees
are strongly encouraged to collaborate with other charter schools (including other dissemination grant
recipients), the New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association, the New Jersey Charter School Resource
Center, traditional public schools, and/or institutions of higher education in order to share and maximize
efficacy and efficiencies of all resources.
Grantees are also encouraged, but not required, to implement additional dissemination activities, which may
o Development of a consortium of shared services, especially in areas of critical need (such as
special education, facilities planning, school nurses, business administrators, teacher
recruitment and retention, for instance) with other charter schools, districts, institutions of
higher education, businesses, and/or non-profit organizations. Allowable activities may
include, but are not limited to, the following:
Engaging appropriate professional services to develop and coordinate implementation of a
consortium project that addresses identified shared needs of charter schools in a region.
Hiring a consultant to coordinate the implementation of a consortium project that
addresses identified shared needs of charter schools in a region.
Paying the initial salary of specialized staff necessary to provide shared services for the
consortium, such as a certified business administrator or child study team members, so
long as the grantee is able to demonstrate the capacity of the consortium project to
continue to provide services beyond the term of this grant.
Purchase of equipment/supplies/services necessary to the development of a consortium
project to address shared needs.
o Implementing a mentoring program for schools in the planning phase;
o Conducting preservice and in-service education programs focused on performance-based
assessments, including portfolios and other alternative assessment measures as indicators of
student achievement and personal growth; and
o Hosting electronic discussion groups to provide peer advice and support.
Objective 3: Individual Technical Assistance
Provide individual technical assistance to a minimum of five (5) schools by each grantee, either through one-
on-one assistance or through implementation of a consortium model that provides services to at least five
schools, with preference given to charter schools in a planning year, newly opened charter schools, and low-
performing charter and traditional public schools. Technical assistance must provide intensive hands-on
support to assist new or existing charter schools and/or traditional public schools in applying the knowledge
and successful practices developed for dissemination by the grantee charter school.
Suggested technical assistance activities may include, but are not limited to:
o Development of child study or master teacher team(s) to deliver on-site modeling and
coaching in specific subject areas;
o Providing appropriate mentoring and coaching in participating schools by professionals with
proven expertise in the particular area of need;
o Convening peer groups representing participating schools to engage in structured and
collaborative exchanges regarding successful practices and implementation strategies; and
o Developing a professional network to link teachers and directors to share information and
strategies on an ongoing basis.
Objective 4: Development of Dissemination Resources Repository
Work with the New Jersey Professional Education Port (NJPEP) to promote dissemination project activities
statewide, and to further develop an accessible and user-friendly repository for dissemination project
information that will be available to New Jersey educators on a long-term basis. Activities may include:
Hiring a consultant or assigning existing charter school staff to coordinate the format and production
of project files that will interface properly with the NJPEP website;
Purchase of equipment and/or materials necessary to accomplish the above objective.
The charter school should do the following:
Develop and maintain on-going communication with the staff of NJPEP to publicize
Dissemination 4 project activities through NJPEP’s Calendar of Events and Listserv.
Consult and coordinate with NJPEP staff to format dissemination project materials for use in the
NJPEP website. To contact NJPEP: Telephone (609) 292-9069 or (609) 943-3550;
FAX (609) 609-984-7456; Website: www.njpep.org.
2.2 PROJECT REQUIREMENTS
Identification of Successful Practices
In addition to identifying successful practices as described in Section 2.1, Objective 1, each applicant must
provide appropriate scientifically based supporting documentation attesting to the achievement of the
identified successes as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act. Such documentation may include, but is
not limited to, student test scores, results from any formal surveys conducted of parents, budget reports/audit
Coordination Between Grantees
To ensure the broadest, coordinated dissemination of successful practices to charter schools and traditional
public schools throughout the state, each applicant charter school must assure that it will maintain open
communication with all charter schools selected for dissemination funding, as well as with the charter school
community as a whole. This includes coordination among grantees in the scheduling of grant-funded events.
Further, grantees must assure that they will provide regular feedback and information as requested to NJDOE
during the course of the grant project. Applicants may include information describing previous or current
collaborative partnerships in which they have been involved.
Statewide Dissemination Activities
The purpose of the statewide dissemination activities is to provide for the broad sharing and implementation
of documented successful practices statewide. The grantee charter schools are encouraged to coordinate the
development of project activities with other dissemination grantees, and to coordinate scheduling and sharing
of information with the charter school community as a whole through the NJ Charter School Resource
Center and the NJ Charter Public Schools Association. Awarded grantees are encouraged work in
partnership in order to:
plan and implement activities that meet the needs of charter schools;
implement dissemination activities across the three regions of the state: north, central and south;
focus on topical information and grade-level specific information, as appropriate; and
implement strategies to ensure broad participation from the charter school community, traditional
public schools and/or educational or community entities.
The dissemination activities should focus on specific content areas, such as, but not limited to:
Coordination and delivery of special education services;
Coordination and delivery of services related to planning and implementing a viable school
Strategies and skills for dealing with diverse student populations, such as students with
limited-English proficiency and those from families of poverty, and engaging all students as
active learners in pursuit of higher order thinking skills;
Using assessment data to drive academic improvements;
Infusing technology into the education delivery system, including the integration of
technology and curricula, and the use of technology in assessment;
Aligning curricula to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards;
Engaging families, community and business representatives in educational processes; and
Focus on Schools in Need of Improvement
Each applicant should attest to its willingness and commitment to focusing its grant resources on outreach to
schools in need of improvement or technical assistance, including, but not limited to, charter schools in a
planning phase, first year charter schools, and low-performing charter and traditional public schools. The
applicant should identify how it will target schools and coordinate its efforts with other grantees to outreach
to those schools.
2.3 BUDGET DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
Budget requests should be linked to specific project activities and objectives of the New Jersey Charter
Schools Grant Program, Dissemination 4, Year 2, as described in this NGO. See Section 2.1 for a
description of the four mandated objectives. The scope of the work to be performed must be commensurate
to the budget request.
Eligible costs may include:
Salaries and benefits for a full- or part-time program coordinator and full- or part-time support
person to administer the program;
Salaries and/or stipends for auxiliary personnel such as child study team members, master
teachers, mentors, etc.;
Additional compensation for professional staff of the renewed charter school for the time they are
engaged in activities to achieve the objectives;
Transportation for the staff of the renewed charter school to participate in off-site dissemination
activities. Mileage reimbursement will be at the agency-approved rate;
Purchased services of specialist(s)/consultant(s) with demonstrated expertise to conduct trainings
or seminars or coordinate/administer grant activities;
Purchase of audio-visual equipment and supplies;
Costs related to conducting trainings and professional development seminars;
Purchase of materials and supplies specific to the proposed activities, such as non-instructional
equipment, office furniture, etc.;
Direct costs (mailings, postage, flyers, booklets, brochures, announcements, etc.) specific to the
Direct costs for printing of special education materials, curriculum resources, assessment
instruments, outreach and other materials;
Purchase of books or other materials to create a dissemination resource library;
Travel, hotel accommodations and registration fees for professional development workshops,
(including substitute salaries for coverage for the teachers attending workshops) directly related
to grant-funded objectives of this project (for example, the 2005 National Charter Schools
Conference) with the following limitation:
a maximum of two out-of-state workshops per charter school per fiscal year with fully
itemized information on all expenses provided in the budget.
NOTE: Purchased services of a consultant to assist in meeting the program objectives must reflect
reasonable and customary fees for such services. Complete information must be provided on Budget
Detail Form C: Consultants. The Department of Education, at its discretion, may adjust or eliminate budget
line items that do not meet the reasonable and customary criteria for purchased services.
2.4 BUDGET REQUIREMENTS
Grant funds provided through this NGO may not be budgeted or expended for the following:
General operating expenses of the renewed charter school;
Reimbursement for work already completed by schools;
Purchase of telephone system equipment;
Purchase of vehicles;
Facility renovation costs;
Capital construction costs;
Custodial or security services;
Indirect costs; and
Costs that are not directly related to the activities of the New Jersey Charter Schools Grant
Program, Dissemination 4 and that are unsupported by the NGO.
Grant funds must be used to supplement and not supplant existing efforts of the charter school.
SECTION 3: COMPLETING THE APPLICATION
3.1 GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING
To apply for a grant under this NGO, you must prepare and submit a complete application. Your application
will be a response to the state’s vision as articulated in Section 1: Grant Program Information of this NGO.
It should be planned, designed and developed in accordance with the program framework articulated in
Section 2: Project Guidelines of this NGO. Your application package must also be constructed in accordance
with the guidance, instructions, and forms found only in the Discretionary Grant Application. You must use
the DGA in combination with this NGO to prepare a complete application.
Please be advised that in accordance with the Open Public Records Act P.L. 2001, c. 404, all applications for
discretionary grant funds received September 1, 2003 or later, as well as the evaluation results associated
with these applications, and other information regarding the competitive grants process, will become matters
of public record upon the completion of the evaluation process, and will be available to members of the
public upon request.
3.2 REVIEW OF CONTINUATION APPLICATIONS
Department staff will review each continuation grant application on the basis of quality and
comprehensiveness, including consistency with the comprehensive project plan selected and approved in the
application under the initiating multiyear NGO. Applications will also be reviewed for completeness,
accuracy and appropriateness of response to each of the items identified in Section 2.
3.3 APPLICATION COMPONENT CHECKLIST
The following forms are required (see Required √ Column) to be included as part of your application. Failure
to include a required form may result in your application being removed from consideration for funding. Use
the checklist (see Included √ Column) to ensure that all required forms are included in your application.
Note: The Application Title Page and all special forms are attached to the NGO. All other forms are part of
the Discretionary Grant Application and can be downloaded from the Internet at:
Required Location Form Included
√ NGO Application Title Page
√ DGA Board Resolution to Apply
√ DGA Statement of Assurances
√ DGA Project Abstract (maximum: one page/multiyear abstract)
DGA Statement of Need
√ DGA Project Description (maximum: eight pages/multiyear
√ DGA Goals, Objectives and Indicators (Year 2 goals, objectives and
√ DGA Project Activity Plan (Year 2)
DGA Organizational Commitment and Capacity
√ DGA Submit Budget Forms As Needed
DGA Budget Form A: Full-Time and Part-Time Salaries
DGA Budget Form B: Personal Services – Employee Benefits
DGA Budget Form C: Purchased Professional and Technical Services
DGA Budget Form D: Supplies and Materials
DGA Budget Form E: Equipment
DGA Budget Form F: Other Costs
√ DGA Application for Funds – Budget Summary
Policy Statement for Scientifically-Based Research
Ineffective teaching practices and unproven education theories are among the chief reasons children fall
behind academically. To help address this situation, the U.S. Department of Education, through the No Child
Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), requires that instructional practices be grounded in scientifically-based
research* so only the best ideas with proven results are introduced into the classroom. Federal dollars will
be invested in only those educational practices that work—that research evidence has shown to be effective
in improving student performance. New Jersey supports this new federal requirement for ensuring that our
children have the best opportunities to advance academically. Therefore, the New Jersey Department of
Education will work closely with the state’s school districts in ensuring that educational programs and
teaching strategies are based on proven effective methods.
The New Jersey Department of Education urges districts to review research associated with the various
programs under NCLB prior to making a selection. Resources for more information on scientifically-based
research can be found in the Consolidated Formula Subgrant Fiscal Year 2003 Reference Manual at
* The term scientifically-based research means research that involves the application of rigorous,
systematic, and objective procedures to obtain reliable and valid knowledge relevant to education
activities and programs. This type of research is represented by the following criteria:
Employs systematic, empirical methods that draw on observation or experiment.
Involves rigorous data analyses that are adequate to test the stated hypotheses and justify the
general conclusions drawn.
Relies on measurements or observational methods that provide reliable and valid data across
evaluators and observers, across multiple measurements and observations, and across studies by
the same or different investigators.
Is evaluated using experimental or quasi-experimental designs in which individuals, entities,
programs, or activities are assigned to different conditions and with appropriate controls to
evaluate the effects of the condition of interest, with a preference for random-assignment
experiments, or other designs to the extent that those designs contain within-condition or across-
Ensures that experimental studies are presented in sufficient detail and clarity to allow for
replication or, at a minimum, offer the opportunity to build systematically on their findings.
Has been accepted by a peer-reviewed journal or approved by a panel of independent experts
through a comparable rigorous, objective, and scientific review.
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
NOTICE OF GRANT OPPORTUNITY - TITLE PAGE
SECTION I: 06 CA53 G06
FY NGO# WKL
TITLE OF NGO: New Jersey Charter Schools Grant Program – Dissemination 4 (Year 2/2)
DIVISION: Educational Programs and Assessment
OFFICE: Vocational-Technical, Career, and Innovative Programs
SECTION II: COUNTY:
CITY STATE ZIP
( ) ( )
AGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER AGENCY FAX #
PREVIOUS FUNDING: Agency received funding from the NJ Department of Education within the last two years of submission of this application.
PROJECT DIRECTOR (Please print or type name): _________________________________________________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: (____)____________________ FAX#: (____)__________________ E-MAIL_______________________________
BUSINESS MANAGER: ________________________________ PHONE#: (____)___________ E-MAIL_____________________________
DURATION OF PROJECT: FROM: 10/01/06 TO: 08/31/07
TOTAL AMOUNT OF FUNDS REQUESTED: $__________________________________________
APPLICATION CERTIFICATION: To the best of my knowledge and belief, the information contained in the application is true and
correct. The document has been duly authorized by the governing body of this agency and we will
comply with the attached assurances if funding is awarded. I further certify the following is
AGENCY TITLE PAGE
SIGNED STATEMENT OF ASSURANCES
BOARD RESOLUTION TO APPLY
BUDGET SUMMARY AND BUDGET DETAIL FORMS*
ORIGINAL AND FOUR COPIES OF THE COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE
___________________________________________________ _________________________________________ ________________
SIGNATURE OF CHIEF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR TITLE DATE
OR EQUIVALENT OFFICER
(Please print or type name)
*FAILURE TO INCLUDE A REQUIRED APPLICATION COMPONENT CONSTITUTES A VIOLATION OF THE NGO AND WILL RESULT IN THE
APPLICATION BEING ELIMINATED FROM CONSIDERATION (See NGO Section 3.3 for itemized list).
SEND OR DELIVER APPLICATIONS TO: APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY:
NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
APPLICATION CONTROL CENTER 4:00 P.M., ON 09/21/06
RIVER VIEW EXECUTIVE PLAZA
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