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NCLB Title II-D Competitive Grants 2009 - Reallocation/Redistribution

4/17/09 -- Congratulations to the following districts whose proposals were funded!

NCLB Title II-D Redistribution Grants April 2009
Portfolio Storage Solution Grants

Alton School District

Alton will leverage this award and REAP monies to pilot an ICT Artifact storage, reporting, and assessment solution in Microsoft SharePoint, to be trialed in June by 28 students and 3 teachers in Grades 1 and 6. We will purchase a server and SharePoint consulting services, and will upgrade outgrown server storage to NAS. We will collaborate with other SharePoint districts to make best use of our customizations, and will post results online. Thirteen Grade 6-8 teachers will work with consultant Chris Nelson to continue to encourage them to integrate technology and help their students produce digital artifacts.


Deerfield School District (Deerfield in partnership with Derry Cooperative, Pembroke, Manchester, Barrington, and Lebanon)

Deerfield (with SAU 53 as fiscal agent) will partner with six school districts to expand the SAU53 / Deerfield School district Grade 8 SAKAI portfolio pilot program. The project will include a diverse network of implementations and establish a statewide collaborative by: 1. Expanding the current SAU 53 / Deerfield School District Collaborative to include pilots in five other districts, consisting of Derry Cooperative, Pembroke, Manchester, Barrington, and Lebanon School Districts. 2. Establishing a NH SAKAI Collaborative web installation to share experiences and developed material to inform and support future portfolio efforts in all districts.


Lafayette Regional School District

The staff and students of Lafayette Regional School have been discussing digital portfolios for the past two years but have not as yet developed a formal plan for implementation. The release of the reallocation funds this spring will help us ensure that the digital portfolios of our current 6th graders will be successfully transferred upon their graduation to the Profile district. It is our intent to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to develop the 6th grade student portfolios and, eventually, portfolios for students in all grades K to 6.


Litchfield School District

The Litchfield School District is in the final phases of curriculum revision completion which articulates the expectations of the digital portfolio process K-12. Currently, the district utilizes standard productivity tools to create data for the portfolio and plans to use Adobe Professional CS4 to create the portfolio. The current data is stored on the district-wide server, but available space has limited our ability to implement the digital portfolio process K-12. The student cohort for this project will be 25 eighth graders at the Litchfield Middle School. The process we develop in conjunction with advice from consultant, Lori Collins of the GMPDC, will be designed in an effort to be easily replicated in other grade levels in Litchfield as well as other districts in New Hampshire.


Mascenic Regional School District

The Mascenic School District has begun piloting the use of the web-based program “Richer Picture” in grades 2, 6 and 9. This program is tied to NEASC, NETS-T and NETS-S standards. It is an extensive electronic portfolio program, allowing access to student artifacts by teachers, students and parents. This grant will allow us to expand staff development and fund an additional grade level. Our efforts will be shared with other agencies through “Best Practices” publications, site visits and presentations for community members. We will also apply to make presentations at professional conferences.


Shaker Regional School District

Shaker Regional School District (SRSD) stores student digital artifacts and portfolios on a building server with the student information system, software applications, and library circulation. SRSD will purchase servers dedicated to store digital artifacts and portfolios. Adobe Acrobat Pro licenses will be purchased as a portfolio solution. Training for staff will be provided in district by Paula Churchill from NCES in Gorham, NH. A pilot program will be initiated immediately in the fourth grade at Belmont and Canterbury Elementary Schools as well as eighth grade at Belmont Middle School. SRSD will share its experiences at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference.


Somersworth School District

All Somersworth students, grades K-12 save digital work on our network in folders; high school students enrolled in advanced computer technology classes also have digital portfolio websites. ICT committees at each school determine ICT expectations, grade level or content projects, and portfolio assessments. With this funding, Somersworth will purchase and build a custom Sharepoint, server as a viable digital portfolio solution. We will pilot the use of Sharepoint with one classroom cohort at each of the 2 elementary schools and the Middle School. Our goal is to use Sharepoint to communicate between students and staff and organize student digital work.


Timberlane School District

Consortium members believe digital portfolios are a purposeful collection of work demonstrating progress over time, illustrating effort, and exhibiting specific learning goals and requirements while allowing for differentiation. Student goals center on self-assessment and reflection. The Mahara storage solution—with its drag-and-drop environment and social networking underpinnings—allows us to continue to build on stored artifacts from each student, and merge it with reporting tools that help teachers and administrators evaluate progress. Shared platforms, familiar formats, and collegial dissemination of promising practices make this collaborative a win-win for our districts as we pilot with students from elementary through high school.



Request for Proposal Documents

Released March 30, 2009

The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) has approximately $60,000 in competitive grant funds available to districts from the Enhancing Education through Technology Program (commonly known as No Child Left Behind, Title II-D Program) in April 2009. These are competitive dollars that were returned from previous grants which must be reallocated to districts and expended by September 30, 2009. The activities described within this RFP are designed to address critical needs that have emerged within New Hampshire in a way that is consistent with allowable activities under the Title II-D program:

Digital Portfolio Storage Systems – Districts that have an already established digital portfolio process to create and retain student artifacts are invited to apply for grants up to $4,000 (inclusive of 25% required professional development and district indirect cost amount) to assist in the acquisition, setup, and piloting of a digital portfolio storage solution. Awardees must ensure that the district’s desired portfolio solution will be purchased, setup, and piloted with at least one cohort of students and their teachers before June 30, 2009. These funds are intended to assist districts to quickly implement a viable pilot project which can be scaled up to a district-wide implementation by December 2009. Staff and specific timelines must be articulated within the project proposal.

This document is the official “Request for Proposals” used to outline the application process. It contains important information on the background of the federal program and its requirements. Those districts with high need eligibility status per Appendix A are eligible to participate under this competition. Please review all pages of this document before submitting a district application for funding. Applications must be submitted according to the guidelines described in this document and using the application forms available at The application deadline is 4/10/09 for the online submission and 4/14/09 for the signed paper copies.


Request for Proposals

Grant Application Form





Last updated: December 17, 2009