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Supplementary Support/Title III Grants for Summer Programs/Fund Code 184

To:Superintendents and ELL Directors in Districts Listed Below
From:David Nieto, Assistant Director, Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement
Date:June 6, 2012


The Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) makes available an application for supplementary Title III grants for the following specific purpose:

To create supplemental summer programs and activities in Level 3 and 4 schools in order to:

  • increase the English proficiency of English language learners by providing high-quality language instruction educational programs that are grounded in scientifically-based research demonstrating the effectiveness of the programs increasing English proficiency and student academic achievement in the core academic subjects; and/or
  • provide high-quality professional development, including professional development on the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English language proficiency (ELP) standards to classroom teachers (including teachers in classroom settings that are not the settings of language instruction educational programs), principals, administrators, and other school or community-based organizational personnel, in district Level 3 and 4 schools; and/or
  • provide family literacy services, and outreach and training activities to English language learners and their families to improve English language skills and to assist parents and guardians in helping their children to improve their academic achievement while becoming active participants in the education of their children. (See Title III, Sections 3115(c)(1) and (2), and Section 3116(d)(6)).

Fund use must include a focus on strengthening and/or increasing achievement in curriculum and instruction with measures being early literacy and middle school mathematics.

The following urban districts with Level 3 and 4 schools are eligible to apply for the following amounts for the above purposes:

FY13 Summer Grants Using FY11 Title III Funds:
Boston Public Schools$4066
Brockton Public Schools$4066
Chelsea Public Schools$4066
Chicopee Public Schools$4066
Everett Public Schools$4066
Fall River Public Schools$4066
Fitchburg Public Schools$4066
Framingham Public Schools$4066
Haverhill Public Schools$4066
Holyoke Public Schools$4066
Leominster Public Schools$4066
Lowell Public Schools$4066
New Bedford Public Schools$4066
Pittsfield Public Schools$4066
Quincy Public Schools$4066
Revere Public Schools$4066
Salem Public Schools$4066
Somerville Public Schools$4066
Taunton Public Schools$4066
Worcester Public Schools$4066
FY13 Summer Grants Using FY10 Title III Funds:
Springfield Public Schools$3628
Lynn Public Schools $3628

Note that if some of the districts on this list do not apply for the funds, any remaining funds will be distributed evenly among remaining districts on the above list. Funds must be spent between July 1, 2012 and September 30, 2012. The Department will provide the district with necessary Fund Code 184 grant materials via email. Districts must submit a proposed budget workbook as well as a short narrative describing the intended use of the funds no later than June 15, 2012, via the district's Title III dropbox in the security portal. The budget workbook should be labeled FY13_Budget_184_[LEA Code].xls, and the narrative should be labeled FY13_Narrative 184_[LEA Code], and both documents must be uploaded to the district's Title III folder in the security portal. To the extent districts on this list do not apply for the available funds, the funds will be distributed evenly between the districts that do apply for the funds.

Program proposals must follow all Title III requirements, and hard copies of these proposals, including the budget workbook (signed by appropriate district staff, such as the superintendent) and program narrative, must be received by Beth O'Connell in the Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement at ESE by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2012. For assistance with this application, please contact Michelle Griffin ( or Beth O'Connell (EO'

Last Updated: June 7, 2012
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