I wanted to make you aware of some important changes in federal education funding with respect to civics. Today, the federal Department of Education released guidance to help states, school districts, and schools provide all students with access to a well-rounded education including civic education. Under that guidance, the Department outlines the criteria for new grants that are available under the ESSA legislation. The funds will be provided to state education agencies that will in turn distribute the funds to districts/schools.
These new grants – called Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) – give districts and schools flexibility to tailor investments based on the unique needs of their student populations. The guidance provides resources, tools, and examples of innovative strategies to support effective implementation of the grant program. Grants under this new source of funding will make their way to schools at different times depending on the timing of the congressional appropriation and your local state agency processes but planning will start now. We expect these funds to be available next school year.
The new grants provide a great opportunity for iCivics to work with you to enhance your civics instructional program. We invite you to create a plan that will address the needs of your school. Plans could include:
– Student workbooks
– Professional learning opportunities
– Video based resources on civic topics
– Project based learning resources
– New technology tools for student civic engagement
It is important for you to have your voice heard and ensure that civics is prioritized as part of your district’s efforts with SSAE grant proposals. Talk with the grant administrators in your district about opportunities like those mentioned above, or if you have other great ideas.
Contact Kelly Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore how we could work together to promote engaged citizenship in your school.
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