Title III is a 100% federally funded supplemental program that concentrates on delivering language instruction educational programs to students who have a primary language other than English. This program is designed to improve the education of limited English proficient (LEP) children and youths by helping them learn English and meet challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards. The program also provides enhanced instructional opportunities for immigrant children and youths.
Currently the district allocation must be $10,000 or higher in order to apply for funding. For districts not meeting that requirement Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 serves as the lead and distributes funding to member districts as needed to supplement and support core ESL programs.
Nonpublic/private schools also participate with member districts if they have an ELL and/or immigrant population.
Title III Information is available on PDE’s website under Federal Programs.
LEP: Students are classified as LEP or English language learners if they do not reach fluency/competency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. These students and staff who serve them would then be eligible for any services offered with Title III funds.
IMMIGRANT: For purposes of Title III, students are considered immigrant if they are between ages 3 and 21, are not born in US or Puerto Rico, and have not yet completed 3 years in US schools. These students may or may NOT be English language learners and also qualify to receive services offered with Title III funds.
How are the funds used?
The funds have been used to provide professional development to the teachers of Schuylkill County, to purchase supplemental materials for all schools and students included in the grant, to employ interpreters/translators to communicate with families in order to better understand school procedures and available community resources.
Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29 Contact:Doreen Milot, Supervisor of ESL and District Support Consultant(570) 544-9131 extension 1273