What are Safe and Supportive Schools grants?
Safe and Supportive Schools awards grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) to support statewide measurement of, and targeted interventions and solutions to promote safe learning environments for youth. Without a safe learning environment, the health, well-being, and future potential of young people is at risk.
How is Safe and Supportive Schools funding distributed?
This grant is for SEAs and started in 2010. SEAs design a project plan for a period of up to 48 months, of which no more than 12 months may be used for planning and program design. Each year 5-7 grants are awarded, with funding allocated based on the size of the state. Estimated funding projections include a total of $27,300,000, with $1 million per year for states with up to 199,999 students; $2.5 million for states with 200,000-499,000 students; $3.5 million for states with 500,000-999,000 students; $6 million for states with 1,000,000-1,999,999 students; and $12 million for states with at least 2 million students.
How can Safe and Supportive Schools funding be used?
Under this new program, funds will provide assistance to eligible SEAs to develop rigorous measurement systems to help assess individual school climates to determine how safe and supportive they are. The program also provides funding for programmatic interventions in schools with the biggest challenges as shown by the measurement systems. By bringing a rigorous measurement system to the state, SEAs can target interventions for their most at-risk communities.
What ScholarCentric solutions can be part of a Safe and Supportive Schools grant?
ScholarCentric’s middle and high school resiliency assessments and reports, intervention curricula, and professional development services align well with Safe and Supportive Schools funding in the following categories: implement a state-wide survey to assess student social-emotional needs and safe learning environments, use data to inform which students and schools are in greatest need of support, and implement resiliency curricula to improve student success.
The Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum develops the critical resiliency skills that are scientifically linked to improved student engagement, achievement, and graduation rates. Using Success Highways early-warning assessments, educators can identify which students are at risk of academic failure and/or dropping out and why they struggle. With Success Highways Resiliency Curriculum, teachers can assure that all students gain or maintain the ability to succeed in school.
ScholarCentric’s professional development services are designed to facilitate the creation of a district- or school-wide culture of resiliency. On-site or online sessions provide educators with the knowledge, skills and confidence to use resiliency data and teach the six skills that can dramatically impact student performance.