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August 27, 2021
Bilingual Grant

Bilingual 2020-2021 Annual Evaluation Reports: Prior to applying for this year’s bilingual grant, please complete the AER in the eGMS. It is imperative that this report is completed, as it provides information about the implementation of activities associated with your bilingual program. If your district has already completed the bilingual AER, please disregard this item. 

Bilingual programs and district entitlements: Please see the ‘Mandated Bilingual Programs for SY 2021_22.xlsx’ below. The mandated bilingual programs spreadsheet identifies the programs mandated by school and by language. Each district’s bilingual allocation is loaded into the application on eGMS. 

Program Information by School: This grant application section caused some confusion on last year’s eGMS application for the bilingual grant. For each school in your district that is mandated to provide a bilingual program, please indicate the school, the native language group or groups served in that school, the number of eligible students reported to the CSDE on 10-01-2020 by Language Group in the PSIS, and the program type (Bilingual or Secondary ESL). Note that the 2020 date is not a typo or error; these are the numbers provided that generate the requirement for the current year’s programs, so this is the information that is sought on that grant application page.

Due Date: The due date for the bilingual grant is Friday, October 1, 2021.

Title lll Grants

The Title III grant entitlements have been finalized, and districts may now begin to apply for Title III grants in the eGrants Management System. 

Beginning your application: Once you have logged into the eGMS at https://connecticut.egrantsmanagement.com/ and select the Title III grant, the first step is to change the status to ‘Application Started’ on the top of the Sections page. Until the application is started by clicking that button, you will not be able to save nor will you be able to access certain content on the application.

Due Date: The due date for the Title III EL grant is Friday, October 1, 2021. If your district is part of a consortium, it is likely that there will be an earlier deadline to ensure the consortium application can be submitted on time. Please complete the Intent to Participate portion of your Title III grant as soon as possible but by Friday, September 10th at the latest. 

Private Schools: The eGMS system includes the public and non-public amounts for your district. Like last year, this year there continues to be an auto-calculating private schools page in the Title III EL application. Only private schools which have indicated that they have ELs will show up on the list in the Title III EL application. If the private school wishes to participate in Title III, select yes. If not, select no, and the entitlements will auto-recalculate. This page looks and functions the same as the private school page in the Title I grant application with which you may be familiar. Instructions for completing this page in the Title III application are below. These instructions can also be accessed on the eGMS system in the CSDE Library and from the Program Instruction and guidance page. Please note: If you are a district with private schools and are participating in Title III through a consortium, the private school page in the eGMS will be in your fiscal agent’s Title III application in the system. 

eGMS User Guide and training slides: If you would like a refresher on how to use the eGMS system, the User Guide and training slides can be accessed through the ‘CSDE Resources’ tab on the left side of the screen. 

July 20, 2021

If your district received Title III and/or bilingual funds during the 2020-2021 school year, it is required that the AER is completed. Please note that if your district received both a Title III grant and a Bilingual grant, the district must complete an AER for EACH grant. Also, as a reminder, you must complete a Title III AER even if you participated in Title III through a consortium. It is essential that these AERs are completed, as they serve as a final report of the year’s grant, and there will soon be a new grant process initiated for the 2021-2022 school year. I have attached the initial communication to this email, which was sent on 5/20/21 and includes instructions and information about the reports. 

Please ensure that these reports are completed as soon as possible. I sincerely appreciate your attention to this final part of the 2020-2021 grant process.

July 15, 2021
July 8, 2021

We have fantastic news to share! The bilingual legislation proposed by the CSDE passed! Wendy and I are thrilled to share that it was signed into law yesterday. This is a great step forward in our collective efforts to serve multilingual learners and remove barriers to bilingual certification while maintaining rigorous expectations. 

The Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification is working on guidance which will be forthcoming in the next several weeks. Please allow us some time to develop the procedures that will allow educators to take full advantage of these exciting changes.

June 2, 2021

The Story of Me Summer Learning Challenge: I am thrilled to announce an exciting new summer learning challenge! The Story of Me Summer Learning Challenge is available for all students. This challenge was developed to celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of our students, their families and the communities in which they live. Students select an essential question and then choose one language activity, one culture activity and one community activity from each column of the choice board. They then bring it all together through a poster project, artistic representation, poem, essay or story that describes their experience with the activities they chose. The Story of Me program packet, message for families, message for principals, and certificate of completion are linked here and can be accessed on the Summer Learning Hub where information about the various summer challenges is posted.

Also, please note that the program packet, message for families and certificates will be available in Arabic, English, Haitian-Creole, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish! Translations are currently being completed and will be posted early next week. I will also send them out to the listserv. Please encourage your students to take part in this wonderful summer learning challenge that helps to celebrate and acknowledge the rich cultural and linguistic assets of Connecticut’s students, families and communities!

Extension of time in a transitional bilingual program: As you are aware, districts may request for a student’s time in a transitional bilingual program to be extended beyond 30 months. These requests are made on a student-by-student basis. Requests can be made three times for up to a total of 30 additional school months in a transitional bilingual program. Like last year, there is a COVID-19 batch form that can be completed for these requests. There is also an individual student form, which is now fillable, that can be completed. Like last year, districts may choose between completing the batch form or the individual student form.

English learner identification and obtaining screening materials: Please see the document linked below that addresses EL identification and how districts order screening materials. Note that there are multiple embedded documents in the attachment that provide explanations on these processes, as well as flowcharts, the Home Language Survey, optional screening for students at the PreK-4 grade level, etc.

 

Selected Past Communications: While no longer recent, these communications remain on the site because they are still relevant and applicable.