This competitive grant program is one of the multiple ways DESE is supporting districts that have English learners and wish to implement new and innovative English Learner Education (ELE) programs and supports for innovative ELE programs, while also providing districts with an opportunity to create a more culturally and linguistically diverse workforce.
There are four goals for the grant. Districts may apply for funding to fulfill any one or more of the four goals:
Goal 1: Develop and/or implement an alternative bilingual ELE program for English learners including any of the programs listed below:
Proposed programs must be based on best practices in the field, the linguistic and educational needs of ELs and the demographic characteristics of the EL population in the school district. Furthermore, a school district may join with other school districts to provide an English learner program.
Goal 2: Create (and cultivate) or continue a "grow your own" bilingual education hub that would 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 successful models that can be replicated for years to come.
Goal 3: Establish or improve multilingual libraries that provide an effective, balanced, and substantial collections for as many ethnic, cultural, and linguistic group of students in the community as possible.
Goal 4: Develop and Implement High School Academies (during winter and spring during or after school, and/or summer vacation) that would challenge high school English learners (grades 9–12) to improve academic achievement with an emphasis on English language learning skills and, if applicable, primary language learning skills for bilingual academies, both of which are 21st century skills.
Priorities for Goal 1
The intended outcomes for Goal 1 are as follows:
For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 1.
Priorities for Goal two (2):
The intended outcomes for Goal 2 are as follows:
For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 2.
Priorities for Goal three (3):
The intended outcomes of Goal 3 are as follows:
For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 3.
Priorities for Goal four (4):
The intended outcomes of Goal 4 are as follows:
For more information please see the attached Part III Goal 4.
Note: Competitive priority will be given to districts that have been identified in need of focused/targeted support by the DESE.
This competitive grant program is open only to eligible applicants in the commonwealth's 26 Gateway Municipalities as defined by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 23a, Section 3a and have 100 or more ELs.
This grant program is designed for districts that:
Applicants for Goal 1 must:
Applicants for Goal 1 and/or Goal 2 must:
Approximately $1,000,000 is available.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Fund use must be consistent with the priorities described above and the requirements associated with Massachusetts ESE's Strategic Plan . The focus of this grant is to support the implementation of new bilingual education programs for English learners in the Commonwealth.
School Year: FY2021: Upon approval through 6/30/2021
Summer: FY2022: 7/1/2021 – 8/31/2021
Center for Instructional Support
Friday, February 19, 2021
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Please see the attached 181 Additional Information .
Any grant related questions must be emailed to Diana Gentile. Responses will be posted to the English Learner Education page.
Email the required forms and documents to email@example.com.
Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget as Part I in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: January 28, 2021
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