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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.

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
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Chicopee Public Schools
  • Randolph Public Schools

GLEAM Preschool recipients in Year 1 will engage 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 (Cohort 1 — Closed)

GLEAM program grants, beginning in FY2022, will provide funding to schools for a range of ELA and 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

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
  • Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership
  • Webster Public Schools

GLEAM K–12 recipients in Year 1 will undertake the following equity-driven 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.

GLEAM K–12 Program Grant Video Series

Interested in applying for GLEAM K–12 Cohort 2? Watch this video series to learn about grant activities and considerations when preparing to apply.

GLEAM Resources

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

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Last Updated: October 29, 2021

 
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