SY18-19 Opportunity Portfolio Service Categories

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For the purpose of the SY18-19 Opportunity Portfolio, the learning opportunities must provide programming or services in at least one of the following service categories:

  1. English Learners
  2. Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Below is a description of eligible programs and services for each service categories:

English Learners

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

For the purposes of the SY2018-19 Opportunity Portfolio Invitation, the English Learners category is for partners that 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 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).

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

Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness

What are the eligible programs or services for the Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness category?

For the purposes of the SY2018-19 Opportunity Portfolio Invitation, the Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness categories is for targeted programming or services for students and families experiencing homelessness.  Examples of eligible Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness programs and service include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Transportation services
  • Services that alleviate food insecurity
  • Housing stability services
  • Clothing services
  • Homelessness prevention programs
  • Child care programs and services
  • Financial literacy programs and resources
  • Financial assistance services
  • Behavioral health, counseling, and case management services
  • Job readiness programs

What is the definition of homelessness?

McKinney-Vento Act definition of homelessness is anyone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes anyone who:

  • Is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled-up”);
  • Is living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • Is living in emergency or transitional shelters; or – abandoned in hospitals;
  • has a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
  • is living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

For more information about Boston Public Schools and the Homeless Education Resource Network (HERN), please click here.

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