To support accelerated learning in the wake of COVID-19, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has launched Texas COVID Learning Acceleration Supports (TCLAS) to provide funding and resources to schools.
TCLAS is designed to support the implementation of accelerated learning using state and federal funds. TCLAS will provide school entities access to approximately $1.4 billion in services and supports, as well as 15 initiatives customized for accelerated learning to include:
- Additional Days School Year Planning and Execution Program (ADSY PEP)
- Blended Learning Grant Program (BLGP)
- COVID Recovery Instructional Materials Support Initiative (CRIMSI)
- Grow Your Own (GYO)
- Math Innovation Zones (MIZ)
- Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)
- Resilient School Support Program (RSSP)
- School Action Fund (SAF)
- Strong Foundations Grant from House Bill 4545
- Support and Subsidies for Tutoring Programs
- Teacher Residency and Staffing Models
TCLAS funds will support the following five major areas:
- Strategic planning
- Purchase of instructional materials
- Growing teacher pipelines
- Providing more learning time for students
- Development of innovative school models
There will also be ten key decision points aligned within these areas that school entities can choose as focus areas.
TCLAS is a one-time application process for participation in most of the popular initiatives listed above, so school entities interested in these programs for the 2021–2022 school year should apply as soon as possible.
The TCLAS application is due by August 20, 2021, and TEA will send award notices by September 10, 2021. TEA is in the process of providing guidance and supporting school entities in the application process.
For more information, interested entities should visit the TCLAS website which includes detailed information such as frequently asked questions, webinar links, and the TCLAS guidance document.
Additionally, TEA will offer office hours during the month of August for school officials to speak with a TEA representative about the process.
Jennifer Barton is a HR and compensation consultant at TASB HR Services. Send Jennifer an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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