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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

Title III: English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement Program for Limited English Proficient Students
Fund Code: 184

Purpose: To create supplemental summer programs and activities in districts with a currently approved Title III grant.
Priorities: Priorities and required activities of formula grants are to:
  • increase English proficiency and academic achievement in core academic subjects of English language learners by providing high-quality language instruction programs and content area teaching; and
  • develop, implement, and provide extended day, weekend, and summer opportunities for English language and academic content instruction for ELL students; and
  • provide high-quality professional development such as that which would enhance the skills and knowledge of classroom teachers to deliver effective sheltered content and English language instruction. Examples of high-quality professional development that districts may use Title III funding for include the following:
    • World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) trainings, except for training related to the WIDA W-APT assessment, the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs, or alternative ACCESS for ELLs,
    • SEI "Extending the Learning" trainings including courses for literacy and math coaches, ESL Leadership courses, and other trainings that extend the learning of SEI to teachers or administrators who have taken the SEI Endorsement courses.

The Title III formula grant programs may also support the implementation of the Massachusetts District Standards and Indicators, and the state's high priority strategies for increasing student achievement. The Title III program may be used, consistent with supplement, not supplant requirements, in support of the following district standards, indicators and, state priorities:

District StandardsIndicatorSPossible Title III Fund Use Strategy
Leadership and governance
  • District and school improvement planning
  • Effective district systems of support for school support and intervention
  • If applicable, AMAO improvement planning
Curriculum and instruction
  • Strong instructional leadership and effective instruction
  • Sufficient instructional time
  • Supplemental coaches.
  • Title III Director leadership PD.
Assessment
  • Data-based decision-making
  • Data review of effectiveness of Title III supplemental programming
Human resources and professional development
  • Professional development
  • Professional development that meets the Title III definition
Student support
  • Academic support
  • Services and partnerships to support learning
  • Supplemental extended day, Saturday, and summer school programs
  • Parent engagement and involvement per Title III definitions
  • Community partnerships for supplemental activities

See link to Required and Authorized Activities Using Title III under "Additional Information" below for required and authorized activities for formula subgrants.

Eligibility: Districts and consortia with a current, approved FY14 Title III grant are eligible to apply. Funds will be awarded by formula.
Funding: An estimated $438,281 will be available for grants to eligible entities. The grants will be awarded using a formula based on number of ELLs reported in March 2013 SIMS and the number of districts applying.
Fund Use: Title III formula grants have specific required and authorized activities. The required and authorized activities for the 184 grant are the same as for the 180 grant. See Required and Authorized Activities Using Title III under "Additional Activities". Additionally, all Title III funds must be used so as to supplement the level of local, state, and federal funds that, in the absence of Title III funds, would otherwise be expended for programs for ELL children and immigrant children and youth, and in no case supplant such federal, state, and local funds. Up to 15% of the total Title III allocation may be used for the support of activities, including administration (maximum 2%), supplies and materials (limited to 10%), and professional development-related travel.

Important: Please note that districts may not use Title III funds to support or provide either the SEI Teacher or SEI Administrator Endorsement course because doing so would violate the federal "supplement, not supplant" requirement. Under this provision, recipients may not use Title III funds to pay for services that are required under Federal, State or local laws. These courses are a pathway to the SEI Endorsement, which is mandated under state regulations for all core academic teachers with at least one ELL and for principals/assistant principals and supervisors/directors who supervise or evaluate core academic teachers with ELLs.

Project Duration: Upon approval - 9/30/2014
Program Unit: Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement
Contact: Melanie Manares mmanares@doe.mass.edu or
Beth O'Connell eo'connell@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: Melanie Manares (781) 338-3573 or
Beth O'Connell (781) 338-3571
Date Due: Friday, July 11, 2014
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
Download MS EXCEL Document
Budget Workbook (including Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information and Cover Sheet with Superintendent's signature)
 
Short narrative describing the intended use of the funds
Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Required and Authorized Activities Using Title III
Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Title III Attachment 1 - List of Eligible School Districts and Consortia
Submission Instructions: Districts must submit a proposed budget workbook as well as a short narrative describing the intended use of the funds no later than July 11, 2014, via the district's Title III Dropbox in the security portal. The budget workbook should be labeled FY15_Budget_184_[LEA Code].xls and the narrative should be labeled FY15_Narrative 184_[LEA Code]. Two original signature pages (cover sheet from the workbook) with the signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director are required in order to process the grant. Signature pages must be mailed to:

Beth O'Connell
Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906



Last Updated: July 2, 2014
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