5th Quarter Portfolio Funding Categories

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2019 5th Quarter Portfolio Funding Categories

5th Quarter Portfolio applicants may apply for specified funding in the following categories:

  1. Summer Learning Academies (PreK-12)
  2. English Learners (PreK-12)*
  3. High School Credit Recovery (9-12)*

*PLEASE NOTE: Programs applying for the English Learners or High School Credit Recovery categories must also fit the criteria for Summer Learning Academies to be eligible for funding.

Below is a description of eligible programs and services for each funding category:

Summer Learning Academies

What is a Summer Learning Academy?

As part of the 5th Quarter Portfolio Application, applicants may request funding at maximum amount of $1,000 per student (inclusive of teaching staff cost). Funding will be awarded to programs who fit the criteria and who have a proven track record of results and demonstrated ability to implement high-quality summer learning programs. BPS will prioritize funding for programs serving students identified as English Learners and those experiencing homelessness. Selected programs will be recognized as a “Summer Learning Academy.”

Which programs are eligible for funding?

To be considered for funding, programs must satisfy all of the conditions of the 5th Quarter Portfolio and the below criteria:

  • Organization must be a BPS school or a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization.
  • Programming must be offered to participating students at no cost
  • Program must serve a minimum cohort of 30 student participants who consistently attend over the course of the entire program.
  • Program must recruit and enroll students eligible for proposed programming
    • Funded programs must create new seats to serve BPS students whose schools have selected them for enrollment in a Summer Learning Academy. A “new seat” is defined as a seat not restricted to pre-registered or pre-enrolled students. Programs must accept students on a rolling basis until enrollment closes.
    • School-proposed programs must accept a minimum of 15% of participants from the surrounding neighborhood and/or other school(s). Up to 85% of student participants may be enrolled from the home school.
    • Partner-proposed programs may identify specific sending schools. However, priority will be given to those willing to accept any BPS students.
  • Program must hire licensed teachers of appropriate grade level and/or content area to conduct academic instruction.
  • Applicants must attend or complete mandatory training sessions scheduled by the BPS Summer Learning Team.

English Learners

What are the eligible programs or service for the English Learners funding category?

For the purposes of the 2019 5th Quarter Portfolio, the English Learners category is for programs that satisfy all of the conditions of the Summer Learning Academies and provide targeted programming or services for English Learners.  These programs and services must be intended and provided solely to English Learners, and programs that serve some English Learners integrated into a larger program are not eligible for this category. Examples of eligible English Learner programs and service include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Programs that specifically serve language-based demographics of English Learners, such as programs for Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Vietnamese, or Somali students.
  • Language acquisition programs, such as tutoring, remediation, content-specific academic interventions.   
  • College and career readiness programs for English Learners including but not limited to: work internships, coding, college prep, college interviews, college visits, job training, resume building, etc.
  • Intensive literacy instruction in English Learners’ native languages, and age-appropriate core content instruction in the native language, taught by qualified teacher(s).

All programs in the English Learner funding category must comply with the following guidelines:

  • Programs must satisfy all of the conditions of the Summer Learning Academies
  • All students must be English Learners (Limited English Proficient code) with ELD levels 1 through 5. NOTE: English Learners who are coded as Former Limited English Proficient or Never Limited English Proficient are ineligible for this program. Classrooms must be 100% English Learners to be eligible for funding.
  • Instructors providing direct English language development instruction to ELs must hold a valid ESL License with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Instructors providing direct content-based instruction to ELs must hold a valid SEI Endorsement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Program aides or assistants must work under the supervision of said ESL-licensed or SEI endorsed staff members.
  • All programs will utilize the i-Ready ELA Diagnostic and Assessment Tools as a form of pre and post assessment to track student growth over the course of the program. Further information on i-Ready can be found at the link below: http://www.curriculumassociates.com/products/iready/diagnostic-instruction.aspx.

What is the definition of an English Learner?

The term “English learner” is defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Section

8101(20), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as follows: The term “English learner,” when used with respect to an individual, means an individual:

  • who is aged 3 through 21;
  • who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;
    • who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than
    • English
    • who is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and
    • or who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant
    • impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency; or
    • who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English, and who comes from
    • an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and
  • whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be
  • sufficient to deny the individual —
    • the ability to meet the challenging State academic standards;
    • the ability to successfully achieve
    • in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or the opportunity to participate fully in society.

For more information about Boston Public Schools Office of English Learners please click here

High School Credit Recovery

What are the eligible programs or services for the High School Credit Recovery funding category?

For the purposes of the 2019 5th Quarter Portfolio, the High School Credit Recovery category is for programs that satisfy all of the conditions of the Summer Learning Academies and offer courses intended to issue credits to high school students who have failed courses. All programs in the High School Credit Recovery funding category must comply with the following guidelines:

  • Programs must satisfy all of the conditions of the Summer Learning Academies, excluding the 6 hour per day/120 program hour requirement
  • Program must offer a minimum of 40 hours of academic content in core subject areas (English, Math, Social Studies, Science). The academic content must be aligned with BPS Academic Standards and grade-level Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks or relevant college-level standards.
  • Programs may offer courses outside of the 4 core subject areas

In addition to remedial courses, components of strong applications may include:

  • Social emotional skill development, such as: advisory, job coaching, executive functioning, badging
  • Internships
  • Dual enrollment
  • Strong retention practices

Which students are served in High School Credit Recovery Sites?

Students who have failed courses in the 4 core content areas (English, Math, History, and Science), as well as electives such as world languages, may enroll in courses intended to recover credit for those courses that they failed. Students may enroll in up to two in person courses and two online courses over the course of the summer program.