ADVOCACY

What is ESSA: Title IV, Part A?

ESSA: Seizing a $1.1 Billion Opportunity 
1
Know
Find out how much funding is available (form on the right)
2
Plan
Use our
Brainstorming Worksheet
3
Ask
Complete the letter to make your funding request
The bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a flexible block grant program under Title IV, Part A, "Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants."  This block grant program authorizes activities in three broad areas including: providing students with a well-rounded education, supporting safe and healthy students, and supporting the effective use of technology.

For more information, please download SHAPE America's ESSA Title IV, Part A fact sheet and listen to the Seizing ESSA’s New $1.1 Billion Opportunity webinar.

2. Plan for Success
As local school districts create plans for how they will use their ESSA funding, its critical that health and physical educators make their case to principals, superintendents, title coordinators, curriculum directors, and other key stakeholders. Use this brainstorming worksheet to help you craft your “asks” and key messages for the best chance of success.

Download and save this pdf on your computer before starting the worksheet.

Download the ESSA brainstorming worksheet


3. Ask for Funds
Share your ideas around the opportunities available in your state/school district to foster a supportive learning environment and improve student success. Use this letter to discuss possible uses for federal education funding under Titles I, II and IV of ESSA that can prepare your students to be healthy and active for a lifetime.

Download the ESSA funding request letter