Boston Public Schools (BPS) is launching the 5th Quarter Portfolio, a division of the Opportunity Portfolio, as a key strategy for identifying and increasing equitable access to quality summer learning opportunities. The Portfolio will use a comprehensive vetting and assessment process to identify exceptional Summer Learning programs that provide quality summer learning opportunities to BPS students. BPS will provide the 5th Quarter Portfolio with a variety of supports intended to grow their Portfolio Programs, including funding to selected programs that fit district needs.
HOW IT WORKS
- Invite to Apply: BPS releases an Invitation to Apply to BPS Schools and School-Community Partners. Interested Summer Learning program operators apply to 5th Quarter Portfolio.
- Vet and Assess: BPS completes a comprehensive vetting and assessment process for each applicant. This process uses a framework, which includes BPS Quality Standards for School-Community Partners, and alignment to nationally-recognized Summer Learning research.
- Select Portfolio: BPS selects exceptional summer learning programs that provide opportunities that meet or exceed quality standards into The Portfolio. Applicants that do not meet quality standards are not selected into The Portfolio and are provided resources to achieve quality standards.
- Grow Portfolio: BPS provides 5th Quarter Partners with a variety of supports intended to increase access to their Portfolio Programs, including funding to selected programs who fit district needs.
- Report Results: BPS collects and analyzes data from each 5th Quarter Portfolio program to measure and publish impact reports for each Portfolio Program and the collective impact of The Portfolio.
WHY BECOME A PORTFOLIO PARTNER?
Portfolio Partners will receive a variety of supports intended to increase access to their Portfolio Programs. Portfolio Partners may receive the following supports:
- Eligibility for BPS Summer Learning Academy funding
- Usage of BPS facilities
- Increased access to data and measurement tools that support programmatic outcomes
- Access to BPS curriculum resources
- Promotion of program to schools, students, and families
- Brokering of partnerships between schools and community-based organizations
- Technical assistance and professional development
INVITATION TO APPLY
It is the aim of this Invitation to Apply to identify 5th Quarter Portfolio programs that: stem summer learning loss and increase academic achievement; develop student socio-emotional skills and increase student efficacy by building skills and competencies; strengthen the effectiveness of school-community partnerships; and promote student health and wellness.
For the purpose of this Invitation to Apply, these learning opportunities must: be ongoing, direct services to BPS students and take place during the summer (Late June — August).
The 5th Quarter Portfolio’s application process is described below:
- Applicant must complete the 5th Quarter Portfolio Application form, including funding request (if applicable), by December 22, 2017.
- To access the application instructions for the 5th Quarter Portfolio Click Here
- Applicant’s organization, programs, and partnerships must be fully registered on PartnerBPS.org
- Proposer must have experience providing the proposed program or a similar program model within BPS and/or a similar urban public school district.
- Program must be able to serve a minimum cohort of 30 student participants who consistently attend over the course of the entire program.
- Proposer must offer programming in alignment with the below grade level guidelines:
- PRE-K-GRADE 8:
- Program must span a minimum of 25 total days offered at a minimum of 6 hours per day for a minimum of 150 total programs hours.
- Program must offer a minimum of 75 hours of ELA and/or Math. The academic content must be aligned with BPS Academic Standards and grade-level Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
- Program must maintain a minimum adult-student ratio at all times during programming:
- PreK-K – 1:11
- Gr. 1-8 – 1:15
- GRADES 9-12:
- Program must span a minimum of 20 total days offered at a minimum of 6 hours per day for a minimum of 120 total programs hours.
- Program must offer a minimum number of academic content hours in core subject areas, as defined below. The academic content must be aligned with BPS Academic Standards and grade-level Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks or relevant college-level standards.
- Non-credit-bearing: 60 hours of core subject content
- Credit Recovery: 40 hours; Initial Credit: 120 hours
- Program must maintain a minimum 1:20 adult-student ratio at all times during programming.
- PRE-K-GRADE 8:
- Programs will implement common evaluation tools to measure academic and social-emotional outcomes and program quality. This common approach to measurement is part of a citywide measurement community devoted to delivering high quality learning experiences.
- For programs targeting English Learners: 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.
Upon submission, BPS will review the applicant’s completed application form and PartnerBPS profile to determine if the applicant meets the above minimum qualifications. Applicants that do not meet the minimum qualifications will not advance to the “Vetting and Assessment” stage, and will be informed they are ineligible for the Portfolio.
FUNDING REQUEST (OPTIONAL)
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). Applicants who meet the Minimum Criteria AND meet or exceed framework quality standards may still be selected into the 5th Quarter Portfolio, even if they are ineligible for funding.
Eligibility for Funding: Below are requirements for applicants who would like to be considered for funding as a “Summer Learning Academy”:
- 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 recruit and enroll students eligible for proposed programming
- 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.
- For programs targeting English Learners: 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.
- Program must hire licensed teachers of appropriate grade level and/or content area to conduct academic instruction
- For programs targeting English Learners: 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.
- Applicants must attend or complete mandatory training sessions, including, but not limited to:
- Overview & Orientation
- Social-emotional learning
- Academic Curriculum
- Culturally and linguistically sustaining practices
Funding will be awarded to programs with a proven track record of results and demonstrated ability to implement high-quality summer learning programs – selected programs will be recognized as a “Summer Learning Academy.”
VETTING AND ASSESSMENT
All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will advance to the Vetting and Assessment stage. It is the aim of this process to enable the District to identify programs with the greatest potential for achieving success and impacting district-aligned priority student outcomes. A committee of reviewers will assess written submissions using a common evaluation rubric at the program and organizational levels to determine if applicants meet or exceed framework quality standards.
5th QUARTER PORTFOLIO APPLICATION TIMELINE
- November 16th: BPS Releases Invitation to Apply
- November 21st & 27th: BPS hosts 5th Quarter Portfolio Information Sessions
- 4:30pm-6:00pm at Bruce C. Bolling Building
- December 22nd: Deadline to Complete 5th Quarter Application
- February 1st: BPS Announces The 5th Quarter Portfolio & funded Summer Learning Academies
- February 12th: BPS holds 5th Quarter Portfolio Program Orientation
- 4:30pm-6:00pm at Non-Profit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111
Please view the 5th Quarter Portfolio Frequently Asked Questions sheet here.
Please view the Elements of Effective Partnerships here.
Please submit all related questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.