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New Opportunities in Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Coming in 2017-18

By Brad Bylsma, Director, Office of ESEA Programs
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 12:09pm

The focus of Title IV, Part A of ESSA will be to (1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, (2) improve school conditions for student learning, and (3) improve the use of educational technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.  We have included a general overview of use of funds below broken down by the three areas of focus. CDE will provide additional information on specific assurances and guidelines on how these funds can be spent. LEAs can expect to receive Title IV, Part A funds under ESSA beginning in July of 2017.

1.  Activities to support well rounded educational opportunities for students may include: 

  • STEM programs
  • Music and art programs
  • Foreign language offerings
  • The opportunity to earn credits from institutions of higher learning
  • Reimbursing low-income students to cover the costs of accelerated learning examination fees
  • Environmental education
  • Programs and activities that promote volunteerism and community involvement

2.  Activities to support safe and healthy students may include: 

  • School-based mental health services
  • Drug and violence prevention activities that are evidence-based
  • Integrating health and safety practices into school or athletic programs
  • Nutritional education and physical education activities
  • Bullying and harassment prevention
  • Activities that improve instructional practices for developing relationship-building skills
  • Prevention of teen and dating violence, stalking, domestic abuse, and sexual violence and harassment
  • Establishing or improving school dropout and reentry programs
  • Training school personnel in effective practices related to the above

3. Activities to improve the use of educational technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students may include:

  • Providing educators, school leaders, and administrators with the professional learning tools, devices, content and resources to:
    • Personalize learning
    • Discover, adapt, and share relevant high-quality educational resources
    • Use technology effectively in the classroom
    • Implement and support school and districtwide approaches for using technology to inform instruction, support teacher collaboration, and personalize learning
  • Building technological capacity and infrastructure
  • Developing or using effective or innovative strategies for the delivery of specialized or rigorous academic courses through the use of technology
  • Carrying out blended learning activities (must include ongoing professional development for teachers or other involved school personnel)
  • Providing professional development on the use of technology to enable teachers to increase student achievement in STEM areas
  • Providing students in rural, remote, and underserved areas with the resources to take advantage of high-quality digital learning experiences