Salem has 581 ELL students, or about 13 percent of the school system. Most come from homes where Spanish is the first language, many from the Dominican Republic.
The summer program will focus on the history of employment in Salem up to the present to give students a sense of current job and education opportunities. Because it targets teenagers who could be working and making money in the summer, students will be paid weekly stipends, an official said.
The summer program showcases Salem State’s increasing involvement in the public schools and the turnaround effort. University faculty will work with Salem High teachers.
“It is a wonderful partnership,” Meservey said. “It’s an opportunity for our faculty to be engaged in the (public) schools and to bring knowledge back to our campus.”
Other grant partners include the Northeast Regional Readiness Center, the North Shore Workforce Investment Board and the Essex National Heritage Commission.
Gateway Cities grants were awarded yesterday to 19 urban school systems for a variety of initiatives, including career academies, summer schools and enrichment programs aimed at boosting literacy, math and science skills.
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