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NH Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program
The purpose of the Title IV-A Program is to improve students' academic achievement by increasing the capacity of the LEA schools, and local communities to:
provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
improve school conditions for student learning; and
improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
This toolkit will offer resources and guidance to help with the development of your district Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment program and complete the application for funding your Title IV-A student support programs.
The New Hampshire Title IV-A Program is designed to support the New Hampshire vision of competency based education and personalized learning in the context of preparing students for the future. This can be accomplished through increasing student opportunities for a well rounded education, developing and maintaining safe and healthy students, and effectively using technology to increase opportunities for digital learning and teaching.
Proposals for funding through the New Hampshire Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment program should support districts in their efforts to improve personalized learning and competency-based education efforts while ensuring learning experiences are augmented with digital tools and resources that support academic and digital literacy. Engaging students and school communities in activities that integrate digital tools and resources is a powerful way for schools and districts to move students towards future readiness. One framework for developing systemic personalized learning through visioning, planning, and implementation of school improvement activities focused on personalizing student learning is the Future Ready Framework. Districts are encouraged to use the Future Ready Framework to develop, enhance, and operationalize a systemic Title IV-A program focused around improving and enhancing the 7 conditions (Future Ready Gears) necessary for personalized student learning.
This toolkit will offer resources and guidance to help with the development of your proposals for funding through the New Hampshire Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment program. The New Hampshire Title IV-A Program is designed to support the New Hampshire vision of competency based education and personalized learning in the context of preparing students for the future. Engaging students and school communities in activities that integrate digital tools and resources is a powerful way for schools and districts to move students towards future readiness.
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Title IV-A News, Information, and Updates
The NH Stronger Connections Grant Program
The New Hampshire Department of Education (NHED) prioritizes that each student learns in a safe and healthy school environment. NHED was allocated $4,833,025.00 under the BSCA Stronger Connections grant program, $4,591,373.75 (95%) of which will be available through a competitive grant process to LEAs experiencing high needs. NHED will retain $241,651.25 (5%) for administration, data collection and reporting, and technical support purposes.
View the NH Stronger Connections Competitive Grant Program.
The NH Title IV-A Program Newsletter
The NH Title IV-A Program offers timely and updated news and information about the NH Title IV-A Program, both from the state and federal level. The newsletter is a shared document that is updated regularly as news develops and updates are required. The document has a Table of Contents that allows the reader to easiy scan for updates they want.
View the NH Title IV-A Newsletter. Note: The content changes, but the link remains the same.
Understanding Title IV-A - Open Canvas Course
Understanding Title IV-A is designed to support local Title IV-A Program Managers, Stakeholder Team members, educators, and anyone interested in understanding more about the New Hampshire Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment program. The New Hampshire vision of competency based education and personalized learning serves to prepare students for their futures. Local Title IV-A programs can align with this vision through its purpose of increasing student opportunities for a well rounded education; developing and maintaining safe and healthy learning environments that support student success; and effectively using technology to increase opportunities for digital learning and teaching. The course is divided into 6 modules, each provides an understanding of individual parts of the Title IV-A program beginning with its purpose and funding requirements to developing impactful activities, developing impactful activities, and ending with successful grant management and reporting of impact on students.
Access the Understanding Title IV-A course on the NHED Canvas portal.Note: The course is open and self paced. No login is required.
Outline of the Title IV-A Toolkit Content Sections
Introduction: How Title IV-A Funding Works
Each state will receive an allocation from the flexible block grant based on the Title I funding formula. Using the same Title I formula, states will then allocate funds to school districts. ESSA authorizes Title IV-A funds to be distributed by formula with the requirement that every district receives an allocation of at least $10,000. Districts can invest their dollars in programs that fall under three buckets: health and safety programs, well-rounded academic programs and educational technology. Any school district that receives a formula allocation above $30,000 must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment and must then spend at least 20 percent of its grant on safe and healthy school activities, at least 20 percent on activities to provide a well-rounded education programs, and at least a portion on effective use of technology. If a district receives an allocation below $30,000, the law does not require a needs assessment, but still must demonstrate need. The district must spend money on allowable activities that fall into at least one of the three categories.
Title IV-A Program Overview
Newly authorized under ESEA section 4101, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help meet these goals by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and local communities 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 technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.
Among the key values set forth in the New Hampshire ESSA Consolidated State Plan is improving our education system through personalization and competency-based teaching and learning. The New Hampshire Title IV, part A program is designed to support this vision within a framework of preparing students for the future.
Consultation with Representative Stakeholder Groups
An LEA, or consortium of LEAs, is tasked with developing its Title IV-A student support porgrams and application through consultation with a variety of stakeholder groups. LEAs should form a Title IV-A Stakeholder Team that includes representatives from a variety of school and community groups. ESSA states that the Team should include, but not be limited to, parents, teachers, principals, other school leaders, specialized instructional support personnel, students, community based organizations, local government representatives, private school leaders who participate in equitable services, other school leaders, and others with relevant and demonstrated expertise in programs and activities designed to meet the purpose of Title IV-A. The team should conduct a needs assessment, comprehensive if required, or a targeted if not, to determine student needs in one or more of the Title IV-A three areas of focus.
The Needs Assessment
An LEA that receives at least $30,000 in SSAE program funds must conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that includes, at a minimum, a focus on one of the three main Title IV-A program areas of emphasis: a Well Rounded Education, Safe and Healthy Schools, and Effective Use of Technology.
Districts are strongly encouraged to take the Future Ready District Assessment Survey to determine your district needs. The Future Ready Framework addresses the target areas necessary for student-centered, personalized learning. A copy of this survey tool is available for download and use in the Title IV-A Resources Folder. Districts who use this survey as their needs assessment will be providing The Title IV-A program with valuable information which the program can use to improve the program and get useful data on where the needs are in our state. Using the Future Ready District Needs Assessment survey will help your team gauge your district's readiness to implement meaningful personalized learning . The survey includes a series of questions, centered around the Future Ready elements necessary for personalized learning that will help you frame where the needs are within your district that inhibit your vision to provide personalized learning for your students. The Future Ready Framework specifies how each of the elements can help align your efforts to provide personalized learning through providing a well rounded educational opportunities, keep your students safe and healthy, and effectively use digital tools and technologies to enhance your students efforts to achieve higher college-and career-ready standards, and understand the type of digital leadership required to stage your district for success. The assessment includes an Introduction plus 8 sections, one for each gear in the Future Ready Framework, and one focused on leadership.
Developing Your Title IV-A Program Activities
Your needs assessment should drive your entire Title IV-A program. Whether you focus on one need or several, your Title IV-A team should determine which of your needs you want to address through Title IV-A funding. Then, look at development of your program as a backward design process. First, you start with your determined needs. Then, you decide what outcomes, or final result, would help address or meet those determined needs. Once you determine the outcome you want, then ask yourself how would you measure it. Develop a measurement tool that you could use to determine whether you have meet your outcome. Finally, develop the activities that will allow you to collect the data that demonstrates you have meet you need, or fulfilled your desired outcomes.
Then, figure out how to budget for your activities in order to maximize your success, to the best of your ability. Title IV-A activities should always be programmatic in nature, and supplement current offerings and conditions in your schools.
Entering Your Application
The instructions provided in this section are designed to assist LEAs in the completion of the application for Title IV-A funding in the New Hampshire Department of Education on-line grants management system. To expedite the review and approval of your grant application, please follow the instructions carefully. Each section of the application in GMS requires specific information in the narrative. The Stakeholder Team should understand these specifics and develop fully detailed programs that will allow for complete narratives to be submitted in GMS.
Seeking Help and Guidance
This section breaks down the available guidance offered by the Departmeent of Education in terms of the geographic region of which your district is part, and the general focus of the question or support needed.
Grants Training and Management Resources Online Grants Training Courses
A series of tutorials for grant recipients, administrators, sub-recipients, or persons involved in grants-related activities and responsibilities, these courses are designed to provide you with general background information on grant fiscal management topics. While the topics focus primarily on fiscal issues, there are important concepts included in the trainings that are applicable to anyone involved in grants activities, either programmatic or fiscal. This training is presented at a level at which both novice and more experienced grants staff will benefit from completing the courses, either by acquiring new information, or reinforcing key concepts. Interactive knowledge checks are included in the training to actively engage the learner in the application of the course contents.Federal Grants Training and Management Resources