Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
07/05/19 5:00 PM Receipt
Grants to Massachusetts schools serving grades K-3 to improve early literacy, with a focus on writing. Applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to provide teachers with a deeper understanding of literacy, its developmental stages, and strategies to support students becoming independent writers. Competitive priority will be given to schools that have been identified in need of focused/targeted support by the DESE.
The grant program supports selected schools with funding for a team of teachers and one administrator to participate in a year-long professional learning series that supports the implementation of the 2017 Curriculum Framework, with a focus on Writing in kindergarten through grade 3.
Two levels of participation are available:
- Group 1 Professional Learning Series: 5 full-day meetings, 2 Institutes, 3 Regional/Focus, Virtual Book Study
- Group 2 Professional Learning Series: 5 full-day meetings, 2 Institutes, 3 Regional/Focus, 8 school-based after school meetings, Support of a school-based literacy consultant, Virtual Book Study (optional)
The priority of this grant program is to support teams in participating schools to deepen educators' understanding of:
- The writing standards, specifically the three broad categories: opinion, informative/explanatory and narrative and the elements of effective writing in each category;
- The developmental stages and progression of writing in young children (grades k-3) and how the writing standards in the 2017 ELA/Literacy Framework promote writing in support of literacy achievement;
- Developmentally appropriate, grade-level, standards-aligned, authentic writing expectations across the k-3 span that reflect intentional integration of the Reading, Speaking and Listening, and Language standards;
- Strategies that support students becoming independent writers;
- Meaningful writing feedback for students
GrantWatch ID#: 151821
Project Duration: Upon approval through 6/30/2020
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Letter of Intent Form:
Email the Budget Detail Pages workbook, required program information, and related documents to:
(413) 519-8426 (cell)
Fund Code: 734
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