TITLE IV, PART A
Title IV, Part A is part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law in 2015. Newly authorized under Title IV, Part A is the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAE).
The purpose of SSAE is to advance students’ academic achievement by increasing funds to schools and local communities in order to:
1. Provide students with access to a well-rounded education
2. Improve school and learning conditions to help students be safe and healthy
3. Support the effective use of technology in the classroom
This past school year, $30 million dollars was granted to the arts through Title IV, Part A!
Every state will receive an allocation from the SSAE grant every school year, like this:
What can you do to earn SSAE funding for your music program?
CONTACT YOUR TITLE IV, PART A STATE COORDINATOR
What should I ask my state coordinator?
How much money is my district getting from the state next school year?
How is my district allocating the funding to its schools?
How can my school get active to earn funding for the music program?
Are there additional resources or connections I can make to increase my likeliness of receiving funding?
WORK WITH TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO CONDUCT A NEEDS ASSESSMENT.
Do I really have to do a needs assessment?
Any school district that receives an allocation about $30,000 must conduct a needs assessment.
You probably already have an assessment completed, answering questions like: Do all the students in your school go to a music class every week? Do the music students have the materials and resources they need, i.e. curriculum, instruments, etc.?
Remember: Keep it simple, you can do it!
ASK FOR SUPPORT FROM YOUR ADMINISTRATORS AND DISTRICT OFFICE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FOR TITLE IV, PART A FUNDING.
Hold a meeting with your principal and/or superintendent and ask who is responsible for the Title IV program or any federal grant money accessed at the district level.
Speak to how the music program at your school is succeeding and how it could benefit from additional funding. Focus on music as a part of a well-rounded education for every student.
Listen to what your students say about the importance of music in their school day. Collect artifacts like student work, letters of appreciation for music class, videos of student performances and put together a portfolio to support your advocacy.