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Building Capacity for Standards and Content Integration with State Set-Aside Funds

Utah State Board of Education (USBE): Using Title IV-A state set-aside funds, the USBE prioritized helping educators across the state develop and provide high-quality instruction to students through effectively applying state learning standards and integrating content across subject areas. Read more about their work here. 

Convening a Title IV, Part A Advisory Committee

Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE): The ALSDE convenes a Title IV-A Advisory Committee as part of the training and technical assistance the Title IV-A team provides to local education agencies. ALSDE formed the Committee to increase engagement with LEAs and to support and advise ALSDE’s Title IV-A team. This spotlight describes the approach.

Providing Dedicated Office Hours With State Set-Aside Funds

New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE): To address a need for greater guidance and support in understanding the Title IV-A funding stream and in designing and implementing programming that meets Title IV-A requirements, the NHDOE Title IV-A team leveraged state set-aside funds to implement regularly scheduled Virtual Office Hours. Read more about what they learned here.

Title IV, Part A Funds in Action — Floyd County Schools (GA)

In October 2020, Floyd County Schools (FCS), located in Georgia, launched a virtual homework help desk called “Focused Core Support.” Using Title IV, Part A funds, FCS provides current teachers with a stipend for helping to manage and support the virtual help desk. Students can sign up for tailored 20-minute one-on-one sessions with FCS math and English language arts (ELA) teachers via an online conferencing platform. The virtual homework help desk connects students with questions about a particular topic — for example, factoring quadratic equations for algebra I — with the appropriate teacher for additional support. Currently, FCS offers math support for grades K-12 Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and ELA support for grades 3-12 on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Learn more about “Focused Core Support” here

Using State Set-Aside Funds to Offer Competitive Innovation Grants

Indiana Department of Education (IDOE): IDOE implemented a statewide competitive grant program, entitled Innovation Grants, using IDOE’s state set-aside funds. The Innovation Grants encouraged creative uses of Title IV-A monies and provided an opportunity for LEAs to experiment with creative programs and activities without impacting their regular Title IV-A allocation. Read more about the program here.

Using Licensed Mental Health Professionals to Support School Mental Health Programs

Nebraska Department of Education: In 2019, eight Nebraska school districts united their Title IV, Part A (Title IVA) Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program funds to create a consortium leveraging these dollars to deliver mental health services across the region. This spotlight describes the approach.

Leveraging State Set-Aside Funds to Provide Innovative Training and Technical Assistance

Arizona Department of Education: Using Title IV-A state set-aside funds, leveraging internal staffing expertise, and collaborating with other state agencies and local partners, the ADE provides a variety of options for Title IV-A training and technical assistance to local education agencies across the state. This spotlight describes three standout approaches.

Programs of Excellence - Oklahoma State Department of Education

Oklahoma State Department of Education announces Programs of Excellence. Designed to support whole school, continuous improvement rubrics to evaluate well-rounded education and support for safe and healthy students. Champion Excellence