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Immigrant Children and Youth - Title III

2018-19 Title III Immigrant Children and Youth Discretionary Grant

Grant Purpose, Background, and Eligibility Requirements

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) reserves approximately five percent of its Title III to support Immigrant and Youth activities. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) that have seen a significant increase in immigrant children and youth may apply for the Immigrant Children and Youth Discretionary Grant. Qualifying LEAs must have demonstrated a significant increase in their Immigrant and Youth population[i]. For Immigrant and Youth eligibility, a significant increase is defined as at least a 25 percent increase in the current year for the number of Immigrant and Youth over the average of the previous two years.

Immigrant Data Collection

LEA eligibility is determined by Immigrant and Youth data reported for the Third Friday Count in WISEdata via the LEA’s Student Information System to WISEdata. Data requested is defined by Section 3301(6) of Title III. Information about the data collection can be found at https://dpi.wi.gov/wise/data-elements. Immigrant children and youth are ages 3 through 21, were not born in any state, and have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than three full academic years[ii]. States are defined as the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Immigrants may be adoptees, foreign exchange students, and refugee students, born in the US military, among others. Immigrants may or may not be English Learners (ELs) as defined by ESSA.[iii] Immigrant and Youth Discretionary Grant funds may be used for activities that provide enhanced instructional opportunities such as[iv]:

A) Family literacy, parent and family outreach, and the training activities designed to assist parents and families to become active participants in their children’s education.
B) Recruit and support personnel, including teachers and paraprofessionals who have been specifically trained, or are being trained, to provide services to immigrant children and youth.
C) Provide tutorials, mentoring, and academic and career counseling.
D) Identify, develop, and acquire curricular materials, educational software, and technologies to be used in the program to carry out with these grant funds.
E) Basic instructional services that are directly attributable to the presence of immigrant children and youth in the LEA, including payment of costs for added classroom supplies, transportation costs, etc.
F) Other instructional services that are designed to assist immigrant children and youth to achieve in U.S. elementary and secondary schools, such as school orientation or civics education.
G) Activities in coordination with community-based organizations, institutions of higher education, private section entities, or other entities with expertise in working with immigrants, to assist families by offering comprehensive services.

Application and Eligibility

Eligible LEAs and Title III Consortia may apply. Within the grant application, the application should describe how any activities undertaken will explicitly support immigrant children and youth. Additional pages may be added to the application. Districts should anticipate being able to serve immigrants during the grant year. The grant year runs from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. The grants must be expended during the fiscal year awarded. Title III Immigrant and Youth funding do not carry over. Grant requests have traditionally ranged from $10,000 to $40,000 for eligible grant activities.

When completing and submitting an application, data should be kept confidential. No confidential student data should be submitted. Application and data should never be submitted via email. Applicants should submit a copy of the application via US mail to the attention of:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Bilingual/ESL Program
Attention: Audrey Lesondak
Immigrant Children and Youth Program
PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841

Applications may also be faxed to

Attention: Audrey Lesondak
Bilingual/ESL Program
Immigrant Children and Youth Program
Fax No. (608) 266-1965

Completed and signed applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. central time Wednesday, May 22, 2019, via fax or US mail. Applications should not be emailed.

Immigrant and Youth Grant Application: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/forms/doc/f2976.doc

2019-20 Immigrant and Youth Grant Qualifying LEAs: https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/cal/pdf/SY2019-20_Immigrant_Grant_Eligibile.pdf

Inquiries can be directed to Audrey Lesondak via phone: (608) 266-7292 or email at Audrey.Lesondak@dpi.wi.gov.

[i] ESEA 20 U.S.C. § 3114(d)(1)
[ii] Academic Year need not be consecutive.
[iii] ESSA definition of English Learner plus citation.
[iv] ESEA 20 U.S.C. § 3114(e)(1)

For questions about this information, contact Audrey Lesondak (608) 266-7292