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Posted by Amielle Major on Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Two young kids engaging in acoustic engineeringDon’t let funding concerns get in the way of implementing a high quality STEM program in your school district. Learn how Title IV-A grants can help you give students access to engineering and a well-rounded education. The Every Student Succeeds Act offers opportunities to integrate STEM into elementary classrooms through Title IV grants known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. For FY 18, did you know that Title IV got a huge funding boost—from $400 million in 2017-2018 to $1.1 billion? This is a tremendous step forward for elementary STEM education. Now you have even more funds and flexibility to implement STEM programs in your school or district.

Download our fact sheet on Title IV-A Funds

Getting smart about federal funding doesn’t have to be intimidating or confusing. While there are are various resources out there like Ed Week’s webinar series and the Department of Education website, which provides updates and additional resources, we’ve got you covered with a fact sheet that covers all the basics to help you make the most out of your district’s allocated funds.


A young boy and girl engineer a model windmill

What is Title IV-A funding?

Title IV grants support states and district activities across three broad categories:

  • Well-rounded education: Providing students with a well-rounded education through STEM programs, music, art, health and physical education.
  • Safe Schools: Supporting safe and healthy students with comprehensive mental health, drug and violence prevention, training or trauma informed practices and health and physical education.
  • Technology Use: Supporting the effective use of technology to improve and increase digital literacy of all students. 

How can Title IV-A support STEM learning?

Funding can be used to support a wide range of activities to improve STEM learning and teaching--from teacher training to purchasing equipment. Title IV-A allows schools to:

  • Expand and implement high-quality STEM programs and curricula in school
  • Increase access to STEM for underserved and at-risk student populations
  • Provide hands-on STEM learning opportunities for students and professional development for teachers.
  • Integrate other academic subjects, including the arts into STEM subject programs
  • Create or enhance STEM speciality schools
  • Support for student participation in STEM nonprofit competitions

What’s awesome about the Title IV-A stem funding? STEM falls under the “Well-Rounded Education” category and under the “Technology Use” category of Title IV-A. This means funding can be used for high-quality STEM curricula, professional development and equipment!

Find out how you can use Title IV-A funding to create a generation of problem solvers.

Download the fact sheet

Do you need help navigating funding resources for your school? Contact the EiE team to set up a lunch and learn today.

Written by Amielle Major

Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers, Funding, Engineering is Elementary, STEM Funding

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