This month, we are excited to share how public districts and charter schools can fund SEL programming with the Title IV-A Grant. The Title IV-A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant is intended to improve student's academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to provide ALL students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. The Title IV-A grant is divided into three categories, Well-Rounded Education, Safe and Healthy Students, and the Effective Use of Technology.
ADE’s Title IV-A Safe and Healthy Students Program supports schools and LEAs to ensure every student can experience a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment, including focusing on students' physical and mental health and safety. According to the Title IV-A Sub-Category Report, during the 2021-2022 school year, 307 LEAs across the state of Arizona utilized their Title IV-A funding, with 85% of funding from the Safe and Healthy Students category dedicated to SEL programs, including SEL staff salaries and benefits, professional development, and SEL program supplies.
ADE created the SEL Funding Guide to expand awareness of the potential opportunities to fund the implementation of SEL activities and open the door for further exploration, including the Title IV-A Grant. For more information on how to fund your SEL program with Title IV-A funds, please contact the Title IV-A inbox at [email protected] or visit our website at https://www.azed.gov/titleiv-a.
In addition to already available Title IV-A funds, Congress approved a $1 billion-dollar, one-time increase to Title IV-A, specific to the Safe & Healthy Students category. Between FY22 and FY26, Congress will appropriate $200 million, of which Arizona will receive a percentage, to create a new competitive grant program. Details are few, but the message is clear, students should be provided with a safe and healthy learning environment, and ADE is here to support them! More information on the “Safer Communities Act” will be shared as soon as made available.
Upcoming Professional Development
Youth Mental Health First Aid
The Arizona Department of Education's School Support and Improvement (SSI) team is excited to offer multiple upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid learning sessions in Summer 2023 and School Year 2022-2023. The Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course covers various common mental health challenges in both crisis and non-crisis contexts.
This live virtual learning session is approximately six (6) hours, including breaks, and requires about two (2) hours of pre-course work to be completed before the live session. Completing this training will fulfill ARS 15-120 requirements for LEA personnel.
If you are interested in attending a Youth Mental Health First Aid session, please go to https://www.azed.gov/improvement/professional-learning and find Youth Mental Health First Aid to sign up for one of the following dates:
- Thursday, September 15, 2022
- Thursday, November 3, 2022
- Wednesday, February 1, 2023
PAX Good Behavior Game
The PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX GBG) is a powerful, evidence-based practice consisting of proven instructional and behavioral health strategies teachers can use with their students in the classroom. Thanks to federal COVID-19 relief funding and strategic partnerships, this training is available for free to all Arizona educators, including charter schoolteachers.
Over 3,000 educators in 13 out of our 15 counties have already participated in this training. Of those participants, 92% shared that PAX took away no instructional time – and most shared that implementing PAX increased instructional time.
Please contact [email protected] to schedule a training for your staff, or individuals may visit www.paxis.org/pax-arizona to sign up for training already on the calendar.
On July 16th, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched across the United States, providing 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in a suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
The 988 lifelines will connect people to the network of more than 200 local crisis call centers around the country. People who call or text the number will be connected to a trained counselor at a crisis center closest to them. Learn more about this new lifeline.