Professional Development

Eunice Shishmanian

Shishmanian Fellowship

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is pleased to announce the Shishmanian Grant to support practitioners to expand their knowledge and skills in an area of interest, Students entering the field of Early Intervention during their internship at a MA DPH certified Early Intervention Program, or current EI staff enrolled in an academic program of study leading towards an advance degree or in an Early Intervention Certificate program. And Program directors looking to enhance their motivational leadership or business management skills.

Eunice Shishmanian, visionary and teacher

Grants are awarded each year to honor Eunice Shishmanian, whose vision and dedication to the needs of very young children and their families internationally, serve as a model for all of us. As a nurse, Eunice has devoted her career to Maternal Child Health initiatives and has been a leader in supporting families who have children experiencing developmental challenges. As the first chair of the Massachusetts Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council, Eunice helped shape the foundation for a system which continues to individualize supports and services to young children and their families. Eunice is a former member of the interdisciplinary faculty team at Northeastern University, preparing students in five disciplines to be Early Intervention Specialists.

The Shishmanian Grants are funded by Early Intervention Services, Division for Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

General Grant Information

Lifelong learning is essential to those involved in Early Intervention (EI); seasoned EI professionals, program directors, and students new to the EI system. By participating in opportunities to learn and grow we enrich our work. Specifically, we strengthen our ability to support the dreams and aspirations of families and EI providers. By building our knowledge and skills we are better able to enhance the ability of families and our Early Intervention system. The Shishmanian Grant provides a unique opportunity to obtain assistance for further professional development.

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Senior Practitioner Track

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Senior Practitioner Grants provide experienced Early Intervention specialists with time and resources to enhance their professional development. Applicants may propose enrollment in a course, a demonstration project, an apprenticeship related to the needs of young children and their families, or another mode of directed learning to expand their knowledge and skills in a particular area of Early Intervention. Applicants may apply as individuals or as a collaborative group.

The primary goal of these grants are for senior practitioners to take advantage of professional development opportunities, and, secondarily, to share new learning at their Early Intervention program, or with the broader EI community. DPH encourages professional development that includes a well-established model that is relevant to EI services.

Grants of up to $2,000 each will be awarded for use from December 2016 through May 2017. The majority of the funds must be used for course or conference costs, consultation, to support release time, and to purchase materials. The remainder must be used for activities and/or resources that support the sharing of learning.. Funds cannot be used for capital improvements, purchase of equipment or furniture, purchase of food, or production of electronic media. Grants are taxable to the recipient.

Who can apply?

An individual with a minimum of five years of experience in Early Intervention, or a group of up to five individuals whose lead practitioner has at least five years of experience in Early Intervention may apply. Applications without a lead senior practitioner with five years' experience in MA EI will not be accepted. The lead applicant must work in MA EI 20 hours or more per week. Other team members may include both junior and senior practitioners. Recipients must make a commitment to continue to work in the Massachusetts Early Intervention system for at least one year after the completion of their grants. Recipients also make a commitment when applying and accepting the grant to complete all required components.

If the grant involves specific training for team members, Grantees may apply for competency education credits (CECs) to be used to document Entry 1 competency indicators for CEIS 2012.

How will applications be reviewed?

Applications are reviewed by a team that may include individuals representing personnel preparation programs, families currently or previously involved with Early Intervention, and the Department of Public Health. Applications are rated for content, relevance to the field, enhanced collaboration, innovation and dissemination. Reviewers look for clarity and feasibility as well as commitment on the part of the Senior Practitioner.

Timeline
DateEvent
October 14,2016applications due
December, 2016awards announced
May, 2017 Final written reports due. Reporting will also include additional required report out activities to be finalized when awards are announced.

Senior Practitioners Required Materials

  • Application Cover Sheet, signed
  • Narrative answers to nine questions (limited to 1250 characters per question)
  • Budget Form detailing expenses up to $2,000
  • Current resumes of lead practitioner and team collaborators
  • Letters of commitment from any collaborators outside of your program
  • A letter from a supervisor or program director, clearly supporting the concept of the project and the qualifications of the applicant
  • A letter clearly supporting the concept of the project from a family who has received Early Intervention supports and services from the lead applicant
  • Letter from your program director documenting your length of employment in Early Intervention.
  • Note:
    • Grants cannot be used for capital improvements, purchase of equipment or furniture, purchase of food, or production of electronic media.
    • Grants are considered taxable income; if awarded, you will need to provide EITC with your social security number or other federal tax identification number in order that a 1099 can be issued.

Mail one complete applications by October 14, 2016 to:

Emily Webb
Metro Boston Regional Health Office
Donovan Health Building
5 Randolph Street
Canton, MA 02021
781-774-6700 (F)

Emily.Webb@state.ma.us

Student Track

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Who can apply?

Grants are awarded to individuals enrolled in an accredited college or university program leading to a degree in Early Intervention, early childhood development, special education, nursing, speech and language pathology, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy or psychology. Grants are awarded in conjunction with the applicant's internship or practicum in an Early Intervention program certified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The practicum/internship must be at least 300 hours.

Grants may also be awarded to individuals employed in aMassachusetts DPH Certified Early Intervention program and enrolled in an academic program of study leading towards an advanced degree or an Early Intervention certificate. Again, these awards are granted in conjunction with the applicant's internship or practicum of at least 300 hours. For applicants currently working in Early Intervention their internship or practicum does not have to be at an Early Intervention site.

Recipients must use the grant funds for tuition, fees, books or supplies related to their academic expenses. This funding for the grant is free from tax.

Recipients must make a commitment to work in the Massachusetts Early Intervention system for at least one year after the completion of their grants. They are also expected to complete all aspects of the grant when applying and accepting grant funding.

How will applications be reviewed?

Applications are reviewed by a team that may include individuals representing Early Intervention programs, personnel preparation programs, families currently or previously involved with Early Intervention and the Department of Public Health.

Timeline
DateEvent
October 14, 2016applications due
December 2016awards announced
May 2017A brief presentation about their EI experiences determined when awards are announced.

Students Required Materials

  • Application Page, signed
  • Current resume
  • Transcript of your academic work completed to date
  • Letter of reference from your academic advisor or an instructor who is familiar with your work
  • Letter from the practicum site supervisor stating that a practicum placement is available to you at the site and the specific semester(s) for which it is available.
  • A statement, up to two pages, describing
    • why you are interested in Early Intervention as a career or why you are interested in advancing your career in Early Intervention.
    • the academic program in which you are enrolled and the number of credits you have remaining to earn before your degree or certificate is completed

Send complete applications by October 14, 2016 to:

Emily Webb
Metro Boston Regional Health Office
Donovan Health Building
5 Randolph Street
Canton, MA 02021
781-774-6700 (F)

Emily.Webb@state.ma.us

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Program Director Grants

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Program director grants provide current, permanent, full time MA Early Intervention program directors with resources to enhance their professional development as it relates to their business practices. Applicants may propose enrollment in a course, formal seminar, training, or intensive workshop focusing on expanding their knowledge and skills in business, management, or professional leadership.

The primary goal of the Program Director grants is for program directors to take advantage of professional development opportunities that will enhance their ability to provide motivational leadership or business management skills to support their program as a whole. Grants provide program directors the opportunity to enhance their administrative knowledge and expertise through professional development.

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for use from December 2016 through May 2017. The majority of funds must be used for course or conference costs. The remainder must be used for activities and/or resources that support implementation of learned skills. Funds cannot be used for capital improvements, purchase of equipment or furniture, purchase of food, or production of electronic media. Grants and are taxable to the recipient.

Who can apply?

Full time program directors who hold a permanent program director position at an Early Intervention program certified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

How will applications be reviewed?

Applications are reviewed by a team that may include individuals representing Early Intervention programs, personnel preparation programs, families currently or previously involved with Early Intervention and the Department of Public Health.

Timeline
DateEvent
October 14, 2016applications due
December 2016awards announced
May 2017Final reports due. Final reports due. Reporting will also include additional required report out activities to be finalized when awards are announced.

Program Director Required Materials

  • Application Cover Sheet, signed
  • Narrative answers to six questions (limited to 1250 characters per question)
  • Budget Form detailing expenses up to $2,000
  • Current resume
  • A letter from the agency’s executive director or the program director’s immediate supervisor, clearly supporting the concept of the project and verifying the qualifications of the applicant as well as the applicant’s employment as a current, permanent, full time Early Intervention director.
  • Note:
    • Grants cannot be used for capital improvements, purchase of equipment or furniture, purchase of food, or production of electronic media.
    • Grants are considered taxable income; if awarded, you will need to provide EITC with your social security number or other federal tax identification number in order that a 1099 can be issued.

Send complete applications by October 14, 2016 to:

Emily Webb
Metro Boston Regional Health Office
Donovan Health Building
5 Randolph Street
Canton, MA 02021
781-774-6700 (F)

Emily.Webb@state.ma.us

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