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Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts (GLEAM) Grant Program

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is expanding grant support over the next five years using federal Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) funding for ELA/literacy under the grant program name GLEAM, Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts. GLEAM grants will support LEAs to implement deep and lasting improvements in programming across the Commonwealth through a multi-tiered system of support for ELA/literacy, as well as expanded access to high-quality preK. A multi-tiered system of support, or MTSS, is an evidence-based approach to providing culturally responsive, tiered instruction to enable academic success of all students.

Public school districts and charter schools meeting the following criteria are eligible to apply for GLEAM program grants:

  • With at least one school in which the percentage of students identified as economically disadvantaged is 50% or greater; and/or
  • With at least one high school in which the percentage of students identified as economically disadvantaged is 40% or greater

The list of eligible LEAs is available in the attached spreadsheet.

A group of eligible LEAs (public school districts and/or charter schools) may apply as a consortium convened by a local fiscal agent, which may be a collaborative.

Cohort 2 [FY23–FY25] Coming Soon!

Overview

GLEAM program grants, beginning in FY23, will provide funding to schools for a range of ELA/Literacy teaching and learning improvement activities in preK–12, such as:

  • Comprehensive district-wide systems and literacy Needs Assessment
  • Ongoing, customized, and high quality leadership coaching and development
  • Procurement of high-quality core curricular materials and intervention materials
  • Professional development for teachers, principals, and literacy coaches
  • Procurement of a valid and reliable early literacy screening assessment and training to implement
  • Expansion and enhancement of high-quality public preschool

Districts and charters interested in funding and support to improve literacy experiences and outcomes in grades 6–12 specifically are highly encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in applying, please complete this brief non-binding Intent to Apply by Monday, October 31, 2022.

Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts (GLEAM) Preschool Grants

  • RFP Coming Fall 2022!
  • Anticipated Due Date: December 2022

Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts (GLEAM) PreK–12 Grants

  • RFP Coming Fall 2022!
  • Anticipated Due Date: December 2022
  • Districts and charters interested in funding and support to improve literacy experiences and outcomes in grades 6–12 specifically are highly encouraged to apply.

Cohort 2 GLEAM PreK–12 Program Grant Video Series

  • Coming Soon!

Additional Supports

  • Office Hours: Have questions about GLEAM? Want individualized responses? Please register here for GLEAM Office Hours, held via Zoom every Monday from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Registration is required.
  • General Questions? Email GLEAM@mass.gov with any questions; all questions will be posted on a publicly available Q+A document on this website.

Cohort 1 [FY22–FY24]

Overview

GLEAM program grants, beginning in FY2022, will provide funding to schools for a range of ELA/Literacy teaching and learning improvement activities in preK–12, such as:

  • Procurement of high-quality core curriculum materials and intervention materials
  • Professional development for teachers, principals, and literacy coaches
  • Procurement of a valid and reliable early literacy screening assessment and training to implement
  • Expansion and enhancement of high-quality public preschool

FC508 Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts (GLEAM) Preschool Grants

Congratulations to the GLEAM Preschool Recipients

FC508A RecipientsFC508B RecipientsFC508C Recipients
  • Community Day Charter Public Schools
  • New Bedford Public Schools
  • Quaboag Regional School District
  • Waltham Public Schools
  • Lowell Public Schools
  • New Bedford Public Schools
  • Somerville Public Schools
  • Chicopee Public Schools
  • Randolph Public Schools

GLEAM Preschool Year 1 Activities

GLEAM Preschool recipients in Year 1 engaged in the following GLEAM activities:

  • Evaluation, selection, and implementation of a high-quality preschool literacy screening assessment
  • Evaluation of curricular materials utilizing EEC' Curriculum Rubric
  • Selection and implementation of core and supplemental curricular materials for ELA/literacy in preschool
  • [508C] Collaborative completion of a Community Needs Assessment to inform the development of a comprehensive, inclusive, culturally responsive, and evidence-based preschool literacy plan

FC509/510 Growing Literacy Equity Across Massachusetts (GLEAM) K–12 Program Grants

Congratulations to the GLEAM K–12 Cohort 1 Recipients

FC509 RecipientsFC510 Recipients
Track 1 Districts:
  • Lynn Public Schools
  • Quaboag Regional School District
  • Quincy Public Schools
Track 1 Districts:
  • Everett Public Schools
  • Leominster Public Schools
  • Randolph Public Schools
  • Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District
Track 2 Districts:
  • Community Day Charter Public Schools
  • Learning First Charter Public School
  • New Bedford Public Schools
  • Salem Public Schools
  • Waltham Public Schools
Track 2 Districts:
  • Boston Day and Evening Academy
  • Brockton Public Schools
  • Methuen Public Schools
  • Revere Public Schools
  • Webster Public Schools

GLEAM K–12 Year 1 Work

GLEAM Preschool recipients in Year 1 engaged in the following GLEAM activities:

  • [K–5] Evaluation, selection, and implementation of a high-quality early literacy screening assessment.
  • [Track 1] Evaluation and selection of high-quality curricular materials for ELA/literacy with the support of DESE's Evaluating and Selecting Network.
  • [Track 2] Completion of a district and school-wide Literacy Needs Assessment to inform the development of an evidence-based, inclusive, and culturally responsive MTSS literacy action plan.

Cohort 1 GLEAM K–12 Program Grant Video Series


GLEAM Resources

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  • For questions, comments, or suggestions, contact GLEAM@mass.gov

  • To provide feedback on the video series, please complete this brief survey.

Last Updated: August 16, 2022

 
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