Planning Tips for the SSAE Grant – PART TWO

Grace Stopani
Grace Stopani
14 Jul
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For part two of our three-part blog series on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program, we’re looking at the requirements around use of funds.  Several states have already started to release districts’ 2017-18 Title IV, Part A allocations.  The funds can be used for three categories of allowable activities:

1. Well-rounded educational opportunities
2. Safe and healthy students
3. Effective use of technology

If a district receives less than $30,000, the funds are flexible to use within these three categories. If a district’s allocation is greater than $30,000, then additional requirements apply.

Well-Rounded Education: 

Section 4107 of SSAE is focused on improving access to well-rounded educational opportunities.  If a district receives more than $30,000 in SSAE funds, at least 20% must be spent on activities that support student access to well-rounded educational opportunities.

Activities to support well-rounded educational opportunities include:

  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Music and arts
  • Foreign language instruction
  • Accelerated learning programs (AP, IB)
  • High school redesign (dual/concurrent enrollment, early college high schools)
  • American history, civics, economics, geography, social studies, or government education
  • College and career counseling
  • Environmental education
  • Programs that integrate multiple disciplines, such as arts and mathematics

Questions to discuss with your planning committee:

  1. What percent of SSAE funds will we focus on well-rounded education? 20% is the minimum for awards over $30,000.
  2. Is there a particular category of allowable activities that is a high priority to our district?
  3. Is there a student subgroup we need to focus on, such as female students, minorities, English learners, students with disabilities, or economically disadvantaged students?
  4. For our chosen focus area(s), what data needs to be gathered for our needs assessment?

 Download our complete SSAE planning guide.

Safe & Healthy Students: 

Section 4108 of SSAE is focused on improving school conditions for student learning. If a district receives more than $30,000 in SSAE funds, at least 20% must be spent on activities that create safe and supportive schools and improve students’ physical and mental health.

Activities to support safe and healthy students include:

  • Safe and supportive learning environments
  • Anti-bullying programs
  • Relationship-building skills
  • Drop-out prevention
  • Sexual abuse prevention
  • Reducing exclusionary discipline
  • Suicide prevention
  • Violence prevention and conflict resolution
  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Pay for Success initiatives

Students’ physical and mental health:

  • Drug prevention
  • School-based health and mental health services
  • Nutritional education
  • Chronic disease management
  • Physical activities

Questions to discuss with your planning committee:

  1. What percent of SSAE funds will we focus on safe/healthy students? 20% is the minimum for awards over $30,000.
  2. Is there a particular category of allowable activities that is a high priority to our district?
  3. What types of training for school personnel has been well-received related to preventing suicide, violence, drug abuse, bullying, human trafficking, etc?
  4. For our chosen focus area(s), what data needs to be gathered for our needs assessment?

 Download our complete SSAE planning guide.

Technology: 

Section 4109 of SSAE is focused on effective use of technology. A portion of the funds can be used to increase access to personalized, rigorous learning experiences supported by technology. No more than 15% of Section 4109 funds can be used for technology infrastructure.

Activities to support increasing the effective use of technology can include:

  • Professional development related to technology
  • Personalized learning
  • High-quality digital learning resources
  • Blended learning
  • Increase engagement of EL students
  • Hardware
  • Specialized or rigorous online academic courses
  • Assistive technology

Questions to discuss with your planning committee:

  1. To what extent will our SSAE project focus on technology?
  2. Is there a particular category of allowable activities that is a high priority to our district?
  3. What types of professional development have worked well in the past for increasing the effective use of technology?
  4. What is our current capability to provide a personalized sequence of instructional content and skill development for individual students?
  5. What innovative strategies could be employed for personalizing learning for our students?
  6. How will individual student data be used to determine progress toward mastery of college- and career-ready standards or graduation requirements?
  7. Do our high-need students need certain accommodations to help ensure that they are engaged and on track, including students with disabilities and English learners?
  8. Do we have the hardware/infrastructure necessary to deploy our technology vision?
  9. For our chosen focus area(s), what data needs to be gathered for our needs assessment?

Questions on the SSAE Grant?
Contact our Pearson Grant Experts for a free consultation at grantexperts@pearson.com or visit our SSAE overview website www.pearsonschool.com/ssae to learn more.

RELATED ARTICLES:
PART ONE – SSAE Overview
PART THREE – SSAE Tips for your Planning Committee – Coming Soon

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