Massachusetts Ready Fund Invites Applications From Schools, School System Leaders

With support from the Barr Foundation, Catalyst:Ed is connecting schools and system leaders in Massachusetts with customized, hands-on, and expert support (at no cost to schools) as they plan and prepare to meet the needs of their students, families, and staff over summer and fall.

Catalyst:Ed is a national nonprofit that connects education organizations with expert support for mission-critical work. Its network includes nationally-recognized and expert organizations and individuals with deep experience working with and supporting schools and systems. The Massachusetts Ready Fund builds on Catalyst:Ed’s work and experience across the nation and leverages its network, know-how, process, and infrastructure to ensure schools and systems in Massachusetts receive timely support as they get ready for the coming academic year.

Schools and systems can access support in these areas and more: academics; student and family support and engagement; social and emotional learning; equity-centered leadership; talent; operations; finance; and technology and data systems.

Examples of the support that can be requested include creating re-entry, remote learning, or hybrid learning plans for SY20-21 and preparing for potential transitions between in-person and virtual learning, with a special focus on ensuring students’ social-emotional health from the outset; designing solutions to gauge and increase student access to and engagement with remote learning; providing teachers with training and professional development to adopt new learning models; developing a plan for identifying, tracking and meeting the needs of specialized populations; understanding learning gaps in the most important content for each grade level and designing support to meet learning goals; reviewing and strengthening IT and operations processes and infrastructure to better support remote/hybrid learning models; aligning in-person school offerings to CDC/state/local public health guidelines; or creating budget scenarios with varying revenues (based on projected enrollment, state funding, philanthropic revenue, etc.) and costs to facilitate financial preparedness.

To be eligible, applicants must be a Massachusetts-based LEA, network, or high school serving at least 50 percent high-need students (including economically disadvantaged students, English Language Learners, former ELLs, and students with disabilities) and at least one high school grade level. This is not a competitive opportunity. Requests for support by eligible entities will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information and an inquiry form that must be completed so that Catalyst:Ed can confirm an applicant’s eligibility and what they're looking for, see the Catalyst:Ed website.

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Deadline: June 04, 2021