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Bowser Administration Awards Grants to 13 DC Local Education Agencies for High-Quality Instructional Materials

Friday, March 17, 2023
OSSE grants will support accelerated learning for more than 12,800 public and public charter school students across the District.

Today, the Bowser Administration, through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), announced that 13 local education agencies (LEAs) in the District of Columbia will receive more than $1.7 million in grant funds to select and adopt high-quality instructional resources and materials (HQIM) to support accelerated learning for more than 12,800 DC Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter school students across the District.

“Research shows educators are more effective in accelerating student learning when they have access to high-quality instructional curricula and materials,” said State Superintendent Dr. Christina Grant. “These funds will help educators in schools across the District support accelerated learning in English language arts (ELA), math and science so that thousands of DC students can get back on grade level and thrive.”

The HQIM grant will enable LEAs to select, adopt and implement high-quality curricula through the purchase of curricula and accompanying professional development training for educators who will use the curricula. The 13 LEAs will receive HQIM grant funds to move through six key adoption steps to ensure the adoption and implementation of materials is aligned with best instructional practices, evidence-based research and state learning standards.

“We have some of the best educators in the country at DC Public Schools, and these high-quality instructional resources and materials will provide them with additional supports that can help them advance student outcomes even further,” said DCPS Chancellor Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee. “I am grateful that DCPS has been selected as a recipient for these grant funds—we know great things happen when we invest in our students.”

Through the six key adoption steps, LEAs will be able to establish a process with a committee, develop a local instructional lens, to include analyzing data and local context, conduct market research and winnowing the instructional materials, thoroughly investigate the materials, making decisions and a plan for communicating with stakeholders and lastly, launch an implementation plan to prepare teachers for these of high-quality instructional materials.

“Thanks to the HQIM grant, we will be able to invest in EL Education, ELA curriculum and training for our K-8th grade teachers, ensuring that all teachers have the resources they need to provide this high-quality curriculum for our diverse learners,” said Pamela McKinney, Director of Development and Outreach, Capital City Public Charter School. “We expect to see students develop a love of learning and reading that translates to higher academic achievement for all learners through this project.”

The HQIM grants are part of OSSE’s larger recovery investment strategy to accelerate learning for DC students. These investments include more than $39 million to support and scale high-impact tutoring for students most in need, scaling professional development in the science of reading, developing new resources for supporting students with disabilities, and expanding extended learning time through a summer accelerator grant.

The following 13 LEAs have been awarded grant funds.