The purpose of this targeted grant is to fund the implementation of a specific strategic initiative, the Acceleration Academies, during summer 2021 to help accelerate the learning of students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant opportunity is intended to supplement, not supplant, programming an applicant is already planning to offer over the summer, therefore the Summer Acceleration Academy program would need to take place between the end of an applicant's currently planned summer school programming and when the applicant's teachers return for the 2021-2022 school year.
Focus Areas for FY22 Summer Acceleration Academy Grant
The focus areas for the FY22 Summer Acceleration Academy Grant are as follows:
Acceleration Academy Model
An Acceleration Academy is a week-long academic program designed to accelerate student learning through engaging, standards-aligned lessons. Applicants that receive FY22 Summer Acceleration Academy Grant funds must implement the Acceleration Academy model with fidelity, ensuring the program adheres to the following key program components:
Key Instructional Components Specific to an Academy
To ensure classes are taught by highly effective teachers, districts must commit to the following:
Applicants that are awarded funding will be provided additional guidance (written documents, webinars, logistical support, etc.) from DESE focused on planning and implementation of an Acceleration Academy program (e.g., teacher selection, student selection, curriculum and instruction, use of high-quality instructional materials, planning and professional development, etc.).
School districts, charter schools, education collaboratives, and career vocational technical education (CVTE) schools that serve students in any of the target grades (Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 8, and/or Grade 10) are eligible to apply.
School districts, charter schools, education collaboratives, and CVTE schools that do not serve students in any of the target grades are not eligible to apply. Due to the in-person program requirement, virtual schools/districts are not eligible to apply.
Please view this attachment with the fund amounts available to each eligible applicant.
Please note, districts that were eligible for other Acceleration Academy related grants can still apply for this grant.
Federal (ESSER II) CFDA 84.425
A total of approximately $25,000,000 will be awarded under this grant program with the possibility of additional funding in subsequent years. Applicants are eligible to receive funding to serve roughly 10% of students in the target grades (based on the most recently reported student enrollment data or 3-year enrollment average, whichever is higher) at a rate of $500 per student. The formula used to calculate each applicant's available funds is below. Applicant's that serve less than 120 total students in the target grades are eligible to apply for up to $6,000.
Funding = Most Recently Reported Student Enrollment x 10% x $500 per student
Please view this attachment with the fund amounts available for each applicant. The funding amount available for each applicant can be found in column C of the spreadsheet. Please note, when calculating available funds for each applicant, if an applicant's 3-year student enrollment average was higher than its most recently reported student enrollment, the 3-year average was used to calculate available funds.
In all cases, funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed in the attachment are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP posting.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
As outlined in the Purpose section, funds must be used to implement the Acceleration Academy model with fidelity and instruction must take place in person.
Approved applicants are expected to use these funds in accordance with state and federal laws.
Upon Approval – 8/31/2021
Center for Strategic Initiatives
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (781) 338-3528
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page
Part II — Budget (This is a budget template for the applicant to utilize while preparing their budget request. This is not the final budget. The final budget the applicant is requesting must be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.)
Part III — Required Program Information
Part IV — Grant Assurances
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.
In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Application Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY22 FC121 Summer Acceleration Academy Grant — [insert district name here]
All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. All Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page documents must be wet-signed, scanned, and converted to PDF before being uploaded. Electronic signatures will not be accepted.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.
If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact Thomas Zorich .
Last Updated: May 11, 2021
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