MSDE Awards Grants for Teacher Recruitment, Out-of-School Time Programs

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently awarded $1.5 million in state-funded grants to local school systems through the Learning in Extended Academic Program (LEAP) and the Public School Opportunities Enhancement Professional Learning Program (PSOEPLP).

According to a press release:

LEAP programs occur before school, after school, during the summer, and on Saturdays. The program received $1 million in grants aimed at improving out-of-school time opportunities. The purpose of LEAP is to provide grants to eligible schools in order to extend academic programming that has a positive impact or enriches the academic performance of students who are at risk of falling behind.

The grant provides opportunities for academic enrichment, instructional services for students who attend low-performing schools, and academic achievement in core academic subjects. This grant targets public schools in which at least 80 percent of students qualify for the free and reduced price meals program. Grants were awarded on a competitive basis in Baltimore City, Frederick County and Montgomery County.

Additionally, MSDE has awarded $500,000 to Teach for America (TFA) through the Public School Opportunities Enhancement Professional Learning Program (PSOEPLP). The purpose of the PSOEPLP is to provide grants to non-profit organizations that support existing educational programming during the school day, including the recruitment, training, and ongoing professional learning of new teachers.

The grant will enable TFA to select 125 new teachers for Maryland through rigorous recruitment efforts to provide specialized and intensive support to meet the needs of nearly 200 first and second-year teachers.

Read the full press release for more information.