The Maryland State Department of Education recently launched the Maryland Leads Initiative to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs) use federal funds to overcome learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. 19, accelerate student learning to reduce opportunity and achievement gaps, and provide more targeted support for historically underserved students and their communities.
As Maryland prepares for an influx of federal ESSER grants to help local jurisdictions address learning loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE ) implements the Maryland Leads program to help streamline federal funding and help guide local authorities. school system strategies to address the COVID gap.
The MSDE describes the grant program on its website:
Maryland Leads is a new grant initiative designed to help Local Education Agencies (LEAs) use federal funds to overcome learning loss resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerate student learning to reduce opportunity and achievement gaps; and provide more targeted support for historically underserved students and their communities. Maryland Leads also helps LEAs address short- and long-term challenges related to the current labor shortage and addresses the long-standing need to establish and strengthen teacher pathways and development.
ESSER Program and Scholarship Details
Maryland’s 24 LEAs will access the state’s allocation of $133 million in ESSER funds through a single, non-competitive grant process. MSDE will provide LEAs with a series of information sessions and workshops beginning in February 2022 and continuing through the spring to support LEAs through the grant application process. Pricing will be announced in Spring 2022 with implementation beginning in Summer 2022 and continuing through the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years.
The grant initiative focuses on seven high-leverage strategies that have proven effective and transformative for schools and school systems:
- Develop your own staff
- Staff support and retention
- The science of reading
- Quality tutoring
- Remains the use of time
- Innovative school models
- Transforming Neighborhoods with Great Community Standards
Each strategy contains a number of priority areas and best practices in the field that LEAs can choose to implement. LEA choices will depend on the individual needs of their students, schools and communities. LEAs will have the opportunity to work with the best partners to strategize and execute plans in and across the seven strategies. To participate in this grant opportunity, LEAs must choose at least two of the seven strategies. Choosing The Science of Reading or Developing Your Own Staff will allow LEAs to access more grants.
Application timeline and guidance for applicants
- MSDE will host live information sessions that will be recorded and uploaded for asynchronous viewing.
Tips for LEAs Considering Applying
- Identify the primary point of contact and key collaborators responsible for the LEA grant application.
- Incorporate opportunities to gather feedback from LEA stakeholder groups.
- Use collaborative sessions and office hours hosted by MSDE to test ideas, gain new information, and refine grant plans.
- Attend a general briefing and strategy briefings and collaboration sessions related to strategies an LEA intends to include in their grant application. (Mandatory)
- Include a copy of the completed LEA budget workbook in the grant application. (Mandatory)
- Submit the grant application online. (Mandatory)
Maryland Prospect Partner Program
MSDE is also launching program advice and applications to identify and select a series of vendors who will work with one or more of the state’s twenty-four Local Education Agencies (LEAs) under the new Maryland Leads program of the MSDE and one (or more) of the program’s seven high-leverage strategies. The Maryland Leads Partner Program is open to all applicants who can, directly or through their contractors, provide all goods and services and meet all requirements related to the Maryland Leads strategy(ies) and domain. intervention. s) to which the Applicant responds.
The MSDE website has more details about the partnership program and its goal to work with LEAs to implement the Maryland Leads program.
Do you have questions about the Maryland Leads program? Contact: Justin Dayhoff, Deputy State Superintendent, Financial Planning, Operations and Strategy