How to Apply

Letter of intent process and timeline

Submission Instructions: Please submit your letter of intent via Google Forms including contact, demographic information, and narrative responses (shown below). Please note, we advise you to think through and type up your responses in a separate document first because you will not be able to save your work online or edit your responses once they are submitted.

No letters of intent will be accepted after 5:00pm PT on Friday, July 9, 2021.

Letter of intent requirements

Please submit your letter of intent via Google Forms. As mentioned above, we advise you to think through and type up your responses in a separate document first because you will not be able to save your work online or edit your responses once they are submitted.

1. Lead applicant contact information

  • Lead applicant organization name
  • Lead applicant main point of contact name for application
  • Main point of contact title/role
  • Organization mailing address (street, city, state, zip)
  • Main point of contact email
  • Main point of contact phone

Partner contact information (If applicable): If you are applying in partnership with any other eligible partner entity technical assistance provider, please provide the following information for each of the partner organization:

  • Partner organization name
  • Partner organization main point of contact name
  • Main point of contact title/role
  • Partner organization mailing address (street, city, state, zip)
  • Main point of contact email
  • Main point of contact phone

2. Demographics: Please provide a summary of the lead applicant’s student demographics and educator demographics including:

  • Number of students in PreK-3rd grade disaggregated by grade
  • Percentage of student population classified as English Learners (ELs) or Dual Language Learners (DLLs)
    • We understand that some applicants may not have data available that indicates the percentage of their student population who are identified as English Learners or Dual Language Learners. In these cases, proxy data is acceptable.
  • Number of educators serving PreK-3rd grade students
    • If available, please provide demographics for educators

Where relevant, please include demographic information for all partners.

3. Please address the following questions: 

  • Are you applying independently or with a technical assistant provider partner?
  • If selected, would you like for the Collaborative to match you with a technical assistance provider?
  • If yes, describe what type of expertise you’d need in a TA partner.
  • Do you have an existing rubric, survey, or tool that you would like to use to track progress of practices outlined in the Multilingual Learning Toolkit and overall change in educator practice?
  • If yes, please indicate which rubric, survey or tool your organization currently uses?
  • If no, would you want a rubric, survey, or tool provided that you could modify to meet your organization’s needs?

Narrative (for submission)

Please include your responses to each of the prompts below in your letter of intent. You can find the proposal prompts in the Google Form. (max 500 words for question #1 below; max 250 words for each additional prompt below)

1. Vision and purpose: What is your vision for implementing a high-quality professional learning system to support educators teaching multilingual learners (DLLs/ELs) to ensure high-quality practices and resources are used in the classrooms? How might your organization use the Multilingual Learning Toolkit: Resources for Supporting PreK-3rd Multilingual Children and corresponding resources to support this vision?

2. Project leadership and partners

  • Who is involved in leading the project? 
  • Who are the individuals contributing to this project? Please summarize their proposed role.
  • Please provide specific details on any additional sub-grant or subcontracts you may employ to further support your prospective project. Please provide name, level of support and role. If you do not know, please indicate if there are specific partnerships your organization would seek if invited to submit a full proposal. 

3. Use of grant funds

  • How would your organization propose using grant funds from the Emerging Bilingual Collaborative? (A detailed budget is not required at this stage. Grants will be provided up to $200,000.)
  • What amount do you intend on requesting?
  • How would these grant funds help you get started on implementing your vision at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year? 

Resources 

Education First will provide the following resources and support to applicants selected to apply for an Implementing High-Quality Instructional Practices for MLs grant:

  • Webinar (optional): We will host one webinar for all prospective applicants. View the webinar recording HERE.
  • Office Hours (optional): We will schedule three optional Office Hour virtual meetings where applicants can join and ask questions regarding the funding opportunity (see schedule below).
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQ) document: We will provide ongoing updates to an FAQ document as we receive questions during the proposal window (June 8 – July 9, 2021). The FAQ can be found HERE.
Event Date/Time Location
Webinar Tuesday, June 15, 2pm – 3pm PST View the recording here
Office Hours Wednesday, June 16, 11am – 12pm PST Meeting URL: https://education-first.zoom.us/j/89629188569 
Office Hours Tuesday, June 29, 9am – 10am PST Meeting URL: https://education-first.zoom.us/j/85448810871 
Office Hours Wednesday, July 7, 11am – 12pm PST Meeting URL: https://education-first.zoom.us/j/82227557138 

Questions related to this LOI process?

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