For Immediate Release - August 08, 2012

Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $585,000 in Implementation Grants to 20 Innovation Schools across the Commonwealth

Funds will support application of new education tools at Innovation Schools

BOSTON - Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced that $585,000 is being awarded to support the operation of 20 Innovation Schools across the Commonwealth. Plans for these Innovation Schools received approval from local school committees and will be implemented in communities statewide beginning this fall.

"These schools will provide expanded and improved educational opportunities for Massachusetts students," said Governor Deval Patrick. "This robust and diverse group of schools demonstrates what can be achieved when local school communities are given the flexibility to be creative in their approach to improving education for students."

“As we work towards closing the achievement gap, our Innovation Schools provide a model that offers school administrators, teachers and parents the tools and flexibility they need to ensure students receive a world-class education," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Building on the success of implementation grants awarded last year, today’s award will support planning efforts and creativity in more schools across the state.”

A signature component of Governor Patrick's Achievement Gap Act of 2010, Innovation Schools are in-district, public schools that employ inventive strategies and creative approaches to education to accelerate student achievement while keeping school funding within districts. Innovation Schools can utilize greater autonomy and flexibility with regard to curriculum, staffing, budget, schedule/calendar, professional development and district policies. There are currently 18 Innovation Schools in operation and another 25 will open this fall. 

“This funding will help ensure the continued development of excellent new Innovation Schools statewide so that all students have access to the instruction and support we know they need to be successful students and lifelong learners,” said Education Secretary Paul Reville.

Funding for these implementation grants was made available as part of a total of $2 million in support from the state's successful Race to the Top proposal and additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation funding to the Executive Office of Education supports schools that utilize Innovation School flexibilities and autonomies, while also incorporating the elements of the Next Generation Learning Model - in particular, the inventive use of technology and real-time and ongoing student assessments.

Schools receiving implementation grants include elementary, middle and high schools from across the state that have taken advantage of the autonomy and flexibility that Innovation Schools offer by extending learning time for students, providing alternative pathways to college and career readiness, empowering teachers through differentiated teacher roles in school leadership, creating STEM focused curriculum, instituting dual language programs, offering hybrid virtual programs and individualizing curriculum and instruction for students.

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The list of grant recipients, the districts in which the schools will be located, and amounts granted is as follows.

INNOVATION SCHOOL IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS - awarded with state Race to the Top funding:

  • Winter Hill Community School, Somerville, $35,000
  • Leominster Center for Excellence, Leominster, $25,000
  • Tilton Elementary School, Haverhill, $35,000
  • Auburn Middle School, Auburn, $25,000
  • McKay/ FAAS PreK-8 Pathways Innovation School, Fitchburg, $35,000
  • O’Maley Middle School, Gloucester, $35,000
  • Ezra H. Baker Innovation School, Dennis-Yarmouth, $25,000
  • Nathaniel H. Wixon Middle School, Dennis-Yarmouth, $25,000

TOTAL = $240,000

INNOVATION SCHOOL IMPLEMENTATION GRANTS - awarded through Next Generation Learning Models grants provided to the Executive Office of Education by the Gates Foundation:

  • Carlton Elementary School, Salem, $45,000
  • Linden School, Malden, $30,000
  • Madison Park, Boston, $40,000
  • Worcester Technical STEM Early College High School, Worcester, $40,000
  • Academy of Science, Health and Technology at Worcester East Middle School, Worcester, $25,000
  • Margarita Muñiz Academy, Boston, $30,000
  • Lincoln Street Early Literacy/Content Literacy, Cradle to College/Career Ready innovation School, Worcester, $25,000
  • Cape Cod Tech STEM Academy, Cape Cod Technical Regional School District, $25,000
  • Berkshire Trail Elementary School, Central Berkshire Regional School District, $15,000
  • Center for Technical Education Innovation, Leominster, $25,000
  • Eliot K-8 Innovation School, Boston, $30,000
  • Becket Washington Elementary, Central Berkshire Regional School District, $15,000

TOTAL: $345,000