ABOUT

Boston Public Schools (BPS) is launching the Opportunity Portfolio as a key strategy for identifying and increasing equitable access to quality learning opportunities. The Opportunity Portfolio will use a comprehensive vetting and assessment process to identify exceptional School-Community Partners called Portfolio Partners that provide quality learning opportunities called Portfolio Programs. BPS will provide Portfolio Partners with a variety of supports intended to grow their Portfolio Programs. Click here to see a list of current Portfolio Programs.

HOW IT WORKS

 

  1. Invite to Apply:  BPS identifies service categories that advance strategic priorities to close opportunity gaps.  BPS then releases an Invitation to Apply to School-Community Partners. Interested School-Community Partners apply to The Portfolio.
  2. 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
  3. Select Portfolio:  BPS selects exceptional School-Community Partners that provide learning opportunities that meet or exceed quality standards into The Portfolio. Applicants that do not meet quality standards are not selected into The Portfolio.
  4. Grow Portfolio:  BPS provides Portfolio Partners with a variety of supports intended to increase access to their Portfolio Programs.  
  5. Report Results: BPS collects and analyzes data from each Portfolio Partner 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 district and school partnership funding
  • Usage of BPS facilities
  • Access to data that support programmatic outcomes
  • Promotion of program to schools, students, and families
  • Brokering of partnerships with schools
  • Technical assistance and professional development

INVITATION TO APPLY

It is the aim of this Invitation to Apply to identify Portfolio Partners that provide Portfolio Programs in at least one of the following service categories:

  1. College and Career Readiness
  2. Expanded Learning Time
  3. Social Emotional Learning & Wellness

For the purpose of this Invitation to Apply, these learning opportunities must: be school-based and/or in partnership with at least one BPS school, be ongoing, direct services to students, families, school staff and/or other members of the school community, take place during the academic school year (September — June), and take place during the school day and/or during out-of-school time.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The Portfolio’s application process is a two step process described below:

STEP ONE: INVITATION TO APPLY

To apply:   

  • Applicant must complete the Intent to Apply form by June 30th, 2017.
  • Applicant’s organization, programs, and partnerships must be fully registered on PartnerBPS.org

Upon submission, BPS will review the applicant’s Intent to Apply and PartnerBPS profile to determine if the applicant meets the following minimum qualifications:

  • PartnersBPS organization, programs, and partnerships registration is complete
  • Must provide programming in at least one of the Invitation to Apply service categories: (1) College and Career Readiness (2) Expanded Learning Time or (3) Social Emotional Learning & Wellness.
  • Learning opportunities must: be school-based and/or in partnership with at least one BPS school, be ongoing, direct services to students, families, school staff and/or other members of the school community, take place during the academic school year (September — June), and take place during the school day and/or during out-of-school time.
  • Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience providing proposed program.

Applicants that meet the minimum qualifications will be considered for Step Two of the application process. Applicants that do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be considered for Step Two.  

STEP TWO: VETTING AND ASSESSMENT

All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be invited to complete Step Two of the application process.  Step Two will require applicants to complete written submissions on PartnerBPS.org that include questions and submission materials informed by the below framework:

A committee 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. If necessary, the committee will conduct interviews and/or site visits. All Step Two applicants will receive their vetting and assessment results.

OPPORTUNITY PORTFOLIO APPLICATION TIMELINE

  • June 2nd: BPS Releases Invitation to Apply
  • Information Sessions: BPS hosts Opportunity Portfolio Information Sessions 
  • June 30th:  Deadline to Complete Step One: Intent to Apply & PartnerBPS Registration
  • July 13th:  Applicants Receive Step One Status Notification
  • July 17th: Eligible Partners Receive Step Two Application via PartnerBPS
  • September 1st: Deadline to Complete Step Two
  • November 13th: Applicants Receive Step Two Status Notification
  • November 17th:  BPS Announces The Portfolio

QUESTIONS

Please view the Opportunity Portfolio Frequently Asked Questions sheet here. 

Please view the Elements of Effective Partnerships here.

Please view descriptions of the Opportunity Portfolio 2017 Program Categories here.

Please submit all related questions via email to Jonathan Sproul at jsproul@bostonpublicschools.org