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:
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?
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
Student Physical and Mental Health
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?