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Grants to Massachusetts LEAs and School Districts to Enhance Education for Immigrant Children

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Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition: Formula Grant for Unaccompanied Children and Youth

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #160945

Grant Description

Grants to eligible Massachusetts school districts and LEAs to provide supplemental education for unaccompanied immigrant children and youth, ages 3-21 years. Funds will be provided to help them learn English and meet academic and achievement requirements. Funds can also be used to implement State and district standards.

Priorities of Supplemental Immigrant subgrants are to provide activities to enhance instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youth (as defined below), which may include:

- Supplemental academic and non-academic services and supports to immigrant children and youth;
- Programs specifically designed or targeted to serve unaccompanied children and youth;
- WIDA and SEI trainings to extend and support the learning begun through the SEI Endorsement courses and related activities that would benefit immigrant children and youth (for example, recently arrived youth);
- Family literacy, parent outreach, and training activities to help parents become active participants in their children's education;
- Support for personnel who are trained or being trained to provide services to immigrant children and youth;
- Tutorials, mentoring, academic, or career counseling;
- Identification and acquisition of curricular materials, educational software, and technologies;
- Basic instruction services directly attributable to the presence in the school district of immigrant children and youth, including costs or additional classroom supplies, transportation, or other costs directly attributable to such basic instruction services;
- Other instruction services designed to assist immigrant children and youth to achieve in the elementary and secondary schools in the U.S., such as introduction to the education system and civics programs;
- Activities coordinated with community-based organizations, IHEs, private sector entities, or other entities with expertise in working with immigrants, to assist the parents of immigrant children and youth by offering comprehensive community services.

The Title III Supplemental Immigrant subgrant program 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 Supplemental Immigrant program may be used, consistent with supplement, not supplant requirements, in support of the following district standards, indicators and, state priorities.

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  • LEAs (Local Educational Agencies)
  • School Districts
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Districts that have experienced a significant growth in immigrant children and youth. Eligibility for the supplemental immigrant fund awards will be determined as follows:

a) District must experience an increase of 10% or more immigrant students in the October 2014 SIMS over the average number of immigrant students reported in October 2012 and October 2013 SIMS; and

b) District must experience an increase of 50 additional immigrant students in the October 2014 SIMS as compared to the number of immigrant students reported in the October 2013 SIMS.

- All districts in the state with three years of SIMS data will be considered for a Supplemental Immigrant subgrant, whether the district is also eligible for a formula subgrant, or Immigrant subgrant or not.

Please note: An immigrant student is defined for purposes of the Title III immigrant children and youth program as a student who is aged 3-21, who was not born in any state, and who is in his/her first three years of schooling in the United States. (For making this determination, Puerto Rico is considered part of the United States. Students born in Puerto Rico are not immigrant students.) A student can be designated as both immigrant and ELL for three years. After three years the student can still be designated ELL, if they meet ELL eligibility criteria, but can no longer be designated as an immigrant student.

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Term of Contract:

9/1/2015 - 8/31/2016.

There is availability for carryover consistent with the ESE's procedures; see Grant Procedures manual at

Contact Information:

Melanie Manares
(781) 338-3573

Beth O'Connell
(781) 338-3571

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