Title IV Part A

Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)


Below are resources for the three pillars of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program.

Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities provide all students with access to a well-rounded education as a means of improving academic achievement. Ensuring all students have access to a holistic well-rounded education is central to the shared work across programs in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Safe and Healthy School Conditions for Learning is to improve school conditions as a means of improving academic achievement. Ensuring all students are healthy and feel safe and supported is central to the shared work across programs in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Effective Use of Technology is to improve the use of technology as another means to achieve academic achievement. Specifically, by promoting digital literacy of all students and providing professional development to the educators that teach and support them. In order to ensure that all students build the capacities necessary for thriving as 21st century learners and workforce contributors, program initiatives fall under three categories, Digital Citizenship, Personalized Learning and Improving Equity for All Learners.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Title IV, Part A Federal Guidance and Resources

Title IV, Part A, resources are available on the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments website: 




Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities

A ‘‘well-rounded education’’ reflects courses, activities, and programming in subjects such as English, reading or language arts, writing, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history, geography, computer science, music, career and technical education, health, physical education, and any other subject, as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to an enriched curriculum and educational experience.

How to promote Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities?

State Resources

National Resources

  • U.S. Department of Education
    • BeGlobalReady Initiative. The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education is proud to debut a new series of images and messages to encourage U.S. students, teachers, and citizens to be "global ready."
    • Promoting Student Success in Algebra I. Funded by the High School Graduation Initiative at the U.S. Department of Education, the Promoting Student Success in Algebra I project aims to provide program developers and administrators with a deeper understanding of five promising strategies for improving student success in Algebra I and, ultimately, high school graduation. Access tools and resources, on the High School Graduation Initiative also known as School Dropout Prevention Program website or download the webinar series flyer for more information. 
  • CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of SEL programs. The guide applies the framework to identify and rate well-designed, 43 evidence-based SEL programs. The guide also shares best-practice guidelines for district and school teams on how to select and implement SEL programs.
  • Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics offers a framework for understanding “success” in STEM education and discusses approaches for formal K-12 STEM education including recommendations regarding inclusive STEM skills.
  • The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies (2012) examines arts-related variables from four large datasets – three maintained by the U.S. Department of Education and one by the U.S. Department of Labor – to understand the relationship between arts engagement and positive academic and social outcomes in children and young adults of low socioeconomic status (SES). The analyses show that achievement gaps between high- and low-SES groups appear to be mitigated for children and young adults who have arts-rich backgrounds.




Safe and Healthy School Conditions for Learning

The term ‘‘safe and healthy” refers to a school environment that fosters a safe and supportive environment for learning, student physical and mental health, and any other activities that cut across both those areas as determined by the State or local educational agency, with the purpose of providing all students access to safe and healthy educational experience. A safe and healthy school environment may be described as a “positive school climate”, and the components of a positive school climate as “conditions for learning”. You can read more about school climate and conditions for learning at the USDOE School Climate webpage.

How to Promote Student Health and Safety?

Safe and Supportive Schools

  • Bullying Prevention
  • Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention
  • Dropout Prevention
  • Anti-Trafficking Education
  • Reducing Use of Exclusionary Discipline Practices and Promoting Supportive School Discipline
  • Re-entry Programs and Transition Services for Justice-Involved Youth
  • Relationship Building Skills School Readiness and Academic Success
  • Suicide Prevention

Student Physical and Mental Health

  • Asthma and Other Chronic Disease Management
  • Drug and Violence Prevention
  • Concussions in School Athletic Programs
  • Healthy/Active Lifestyle
  • Nutritional Education
  • Physical Activities
  • School-Based Health and Mental Health Services
  • Trauma-Informed Classroom Management
  • Tobacco Prevention 

Cross-Cutting Activities

  • Behavioral Interventions and Supports
  • Mentoring and School Counseling
  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)
  • School-based Surveillance/ Surveys
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

State Resources




Effective Use of Technology

The term “educational technology” advances quickly. As stated in the November 2014 Dear Colleague Letter for Federal Funding for Technology, many of the terms we use today to describe technology enhanced learning did not exist when laws such as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) were written. The effective use of educational technology has always been defined as using technological efforts to help students achieve academically.

How to Promote Effective Use of Technology?