Congress Gives Educators 1.1 Billion Reasons to Invest in 2018
How to make the most of new Title IV-A funding in your district
A recent and massive increase in FY18 funds to the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program under Title IV, Part A means more districts will be able to invest in programs that support safe and healthy students, well-rounded curriculum, and effective use of technology. This huge hike in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) block grant was signed into law last month and it may help your district acquire essential digital tools that support both teaching and learning in the schools that need it most.
As you know, the SSAEG program is now the main source of federal support for edtech initiatives, including professional development. The good news is this new bill includes $1.1 billion for Title IV of ESSA, more than double its current budget of $400 million.
Now that Congress has appropriated these much-needed funds for SSAEG, your state will receive an allocation based on the Title I funding formula. Once that happens, the state will then allocate funds to school districts applying that same formula. Then, it will be up to district leaders and administrators like you to decide how to invest in programs that best meet the needs of your students. Of course, with new funding comes new responsibility. Fortunately, the good folks at Education Week have got your back, and so does DreamBox.
In their new special report, “ESSA on the Runway,” Education Week reporters analyze the state of ESSA implementation—from teaching and testing to the political pain points that may shape the success of the rollout. This is a must-read report for those who want to take stock of the nation’s ESSA readiness and see how their colleagues in other states, districts, and schools are preparing for the 2018-19 academic year.
Also, last year, the Center for Digital Education (CDE), in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) compiled the definitive guide to navigating ESSA legislation. “Are You Ready for ESSA?” contains valuable insights on how to develop actionable plans and invest in the right technology to ensure accountability and success for your district. Download this 40-page guide now to find out how you can:
- Leverage new funding streams to support technology
- Increase data use and implement new learning models
- Align ESSA requirements with other priorities and initiatives
- Develop consolidated plans to use technology in broader ways
With the additional funding signed into law in April, it’s more important than ever to understand how to take advantage of these exciting new opportunities and how to integrate technology with a broader strategic vision to guide effective teaching and learning. We hope these two important resources help you to make the most of Title IV-A funds in your district.