Digital Literacy Now is a new competitive grant created by the Massachusetts State Legislature in FY2020 to establish and promote digital literacy and computer science education in public schools for grades kindergarten through grade 12.

The grant’s goal is to establish and promote rigorous, engaging, inclusive and standards aligned digital literacy and computer science education in partnership with the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S),

In FY2020, approximately $590,000 was made available through the state Digital Literacy Now Grants line itemĀ 7010-1202. Funding will continue to be contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in the state grant’s Request for Proposal document.

Grant Goals FY2020

Initially, the grant will focus on public school middle grades (6-8). Through this grant, District Teams of district administrators, school leaders, and educators will engage in an in-depth, facilitated process to develop a Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) implementation plan for their District’s middle grades, select curriculum for SY2021, and complete teacher and coach curriculum Professional Development (PD) for delivery in SY2021.

The grant supports the creation of new programs and/or expanding existing programs to serve more students most underserved (including but not limited to students designated as economically disadvantaged, English language learners, special education, underrepresented minorities, and living in rural areas).

Team

Paula Moore, DLCS Program Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education paula.b.moore@mass.gov

Deb Boisvert, DLN District Planning and Professional Development. Executive Director, CSforMA, Inc. MA Regional Partner for Code.Org Deborah@CSforMA.org

Jake Foster, DLN Curriculum Guide Team, Founder, STEM Learning Design, contact@stemlearningdesign.com