By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
TRENTON, N.J. — Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Education announced on December 10 that a $2.5 million grant program will be put in place to address learning loss among New Jersey students.
The “Addressing Student Learning Loss” grants will fund programs in public schools across 16 districts to accelerate academic progress and reduce learning loss in students caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, learning loss among our students is one of the most significant challenges faced by schools throughout New Jersey,” Gov. Murphy said in a press release. “With this program, among other efforts from the Department, we are committed to closing the gap for vulnerable students who may have fallen behind by helping districts implement exemplar programs in their own schools as well as providing additional resources to ensure that every student receives the high-quality education that they deserve.”
Each district will receive approximately $156,000 in grants. Applications are open from now until January 21 of next year. You can find all the information you need to know in order to apply for the program here.
The new funding will allow districts to expand on existing programs and implement new ones. The grants will also fund instructional strategies and social-emotional support to address learning loss and provides guidance on strategies for schools to address learning loss, such as group tutoring, access to online learning platforms, and coaching for teachers.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.