Bentley Academy Innovation School Dual Language Program Awarded a Gateway City Grant

In January of 2023, the Bentley Dual Language Program was awarded a Gateway City Grants for High Quality, Intensive English Language Learning Programs in the amount of $210,550! This competitive grant program is one of the multiple ways DESE supports districts that have Multilingual Learners and wish to implement new and innovative ELE programs and supports for innovative ELE programs. Specifically, the grant will help Bentley to continue our “grow your own” bilingual education hub that will support and encourage statewide initiative and collaboration, improve the Bilingual Education educator pipeline, share knowledge to accelerate the adoption of proven and recognized programmatic models for English learners, and develop a successful model that can be replicated for years to come. The funding from the Gateway Grant will be used to provide curriculum writing support for the Dual Language program, as well as classroom supplies and professional development to staff. It is an exciting investment in Dual Language Education in the Salem Public Schools!