Ashland Public Schools & Keefe Tech Receive Massachusetts Summer Acceleration Academy Grants

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MALDEN – Massachusetts Education Commissioner Jeff Riley announced Summer Acceleration Academy Grants, for communities today, June 25, including a $72,000 grant for Ashland Public Schools and $15,000 grant to the South Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical school district.

These grants are designed to fund the implementation of the Acceleration Academies, which are week-long academic programs designed to accelerate student learning through engaging, standards-aligned lessons. The implementation of these programs will help to accelerate the learning of students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This one-time non-competitive grant will provide funding to school districts, charter schools, education collaboratives, and career vocational technical education (CVTE) schools to implement Early Literacy Academies for rising kindergarteners, rising first graders, and rising second graders and Math Academies for rising third graders, fourth graders, eight graders, and tenth graders, said the Commonwealth.

Other grant awards in MetroWest:

The Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough received a $15,000 grant.

Southborough Public Schools received  $39,000

Wayland Public Schools received  $61,698

These 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.).

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