The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) announced that it has approved more than $169 million in Maryland Lead Grants to help overcome the challenges of the pandemic.
Maryland will disburse more than $169 million in funding to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) statewide to “directly accelerate learning and initiate long-term, lasting, and transformational change in school communities across Maryland.”
All 24 school districts in Maryland applied and were approved for a grant:
All 24 school districts in Maryland applied to the Maryland Leads program and received an award. The largest investments made in the program are in two strategic areas: Developing your own staff and the science of reading. With additional financial incentives to encourage participation in LEAs, 23 LEAs will implement develop your own staff programs (for a total of $47,486,941 in LEA scholarships) and 22 LEAs will launch science-related programs. reading (for a total of $53,252,654 in LEA scholarships).
Maryland Leads Grant Program
As Maryland prepares for an influx of federal ESSER grants to help local jurisdictions address learning loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE ) implements the Maryland Leads program to help streamline federal funding and help guide local authorities. school system strategies to address the COVID gap.
MSDE describes the Maryland Leads program on its website:
Maryland Leads is a new grant initiative designed to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs) use federal funds to overcome learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerate student learning to reduce opportunity and achievement gaps; and provide more targeted support for historically underserved students and their communities. Maryland Leads also helps LEAs address short- and long-term challenges related to the current labor shortage and addresses the long-standing need to establish and strengthen teacher pathways and development.
ESSER Program and Scholarship Details
Maryland’s 24 LEAs will access the state’s allocation of $133 million in ESSER funds through a single, non-competitive grant process. MSDE will provide LEAs with a series of information sessions and workshops beginning in February 2022 and continuing through the spring to support LEAs through the grant application process. Pricing will be announced in Spring 2022 with implementation beginning in Summer 2022 and continuing through the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.
The innovative grantmaking program has also generated more than $25 million in local investments to supplement the Department’s awards, which will strengthen the sustainability of Maryland Leads grantmaking programs and activities.
The grant initiative focuses on seven high-leverage strategies that have proven effective and transformative for schools and school systems:
- Develop your own staff
- Staff support and retention
- The science of reading
- Quality tutoring
- Remains the use of time
- Innovative school models
- Transforming Neighborhoods with Great Community Standards
Learn more about the Maryland Leads Grant program.
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