High-Quality Instruction - Summer Planning Grants

The purpose of this competitive grant program is to provide districts with funding to support teachers to deepen their understanding and implementation of high-quality instructional materials, methodologies and programs to support the revised 2017 English Language Arts-Literacy, 2017 Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks, and the 2016 Science and Technology/Engineering standards. Grant applications may take four paths:

Path 1. Planning for high-quality instructional materials
Path 2. Implementing high-quality instructional materials
Path 3. Piloting high-quality middle school STE instructional materials
Path 4. High-quality instruction through service-learning

Proposals are due by 5:00 pm on March 2nd. Find application materials and more information below: 


Massachusetts Green Ribbon Schools Competition

Massachusetts is now accepting applications for the 2018 Green Ribbon School Awards. The program honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and delivering effective environmental and sustainability education that incorporates science, technology, engineering and math; civic skills; and green career pathways. Applicants may enter the competition as either a school or a district. Massachusetts will select one or more schools or districts to be honored at the state level; those honorees are then elevated to the U.S. Department of Education, where they will have the opportunity to be honored as a national Green Ribbon School winner. Applications are due by March 15. For more information, visit ESE’s Green Ribbon Schools website.

MSSEF Mini-Grants

Building life skills and STEM competencies: Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) and Curious Minds programs.

MSSEF Mini-Grants enable schools and teachers to inspire children through direct engagement in research and invention projects, and the excitement of science fair competition.

Your Mini-Grant will include tuition scholarships to Curious Minds courses for STEM teachers. Learn ways to bring the professional science and engineering practices right into your classrooms and to align with the new MA STE standards.

Apply Now! Rolling Applications - No Deadline

Eligible Schools:  All schools with grades 6-12 in Massachusetts that currently do not offer, OR aim to expand their annual Science and/or Engineering Fair program.

Goal:  Schools develop or expand a sustainable Science Fair program, and teachers bring science & engineering practices into their classrooms.


• Grants up to $1,000 for the first year, and renewable up to $2,500 for a multi-year program.

• Tuition Scholarships of $3,500 for up to 6 STEM teachers to enroll in CMI Courses 


• Science Fair consultant to visit your school upon request

• Invitations for Teachers & School Leaders to:

— Join meetings of the MSSEF High School Committee that helps to shape policy and organize the statewide science fair programs

— Attend MSSEF Educator Day (free) at MIT – a look behind-the-scenes at the statewide Science & Engineering Fair for high school students held annually in May.

For more information on how to become a MSSEF Mini-Grant school, email us at: cmi@scifair.com