Title Grants in K-12 Schools | Title Fund Breakdown

Title funds are federal monies that are meant to supplement, not replace, existing state funding for education. If you still have money to spend on programs and materials, you can greatly improve your students’ school experience! That’s why we created this handy guide that outlines each of the main title funds and the programs they support.

Title I

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What are Title I funds?

Title I funds programming for low-income students. The money must go toward helping these students meet academic state standards. The amount of Title I funding distributed across the nation is available through the DOE website (most recently updated in 2017).

How can I use Title I funds?

Title I usage is based on the makeup of your student body:

  1. If 40% or more of your school’s students come from low-income families, Title I funds must be used on school-wide initiatives. These are known as Title I schools.

  2. If less than 40% of your school’s students come from low-income families, Title I funds must be used for programming that targets low-income students.

** It is important to note that Title I funds must go directly to low-income students, and the programs/materials cannot have been used in other classrooms first.  

Title I Resources

  1. DOE - Title I, Part A

  2. DOE - ESEA Title I LEA Allocations FY 2017

  3. National Center for Education Statistics - Fast Facts: Title I

Title II

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What are Title II funds?

Title II supports teacher, principal, administrator, and staff professional development. The money should be used to boost the amount of qualified educators in the area. This includes teachers who are prepared to teach STEM curriculum in the classroom.  

How can I use Title II funds?

  • Teacher, principal, and staff recruitment

  • Professional development

Here is a list of eligible Title II curricula from Pearson, and here is a list of all the professional development articles on Edutopia. Note that this list is not exhaustive; the articles may give you ideas on different ways to use Title II grants. 

** Keep in mind, your state may choose to retain Title II funds to finance a state-wide professional development event instead of distributing the money to individual schools. 

Title II Resources

  1. DOE - Title II, Part A

  2. DOE - Title II, Part A Applicant Information

  3. Pearson - Title II Programs

  4. Edutopia - Professional Development Articles

Title III

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What are Title III funds?

Title III is for English language learners (ELL) and immigrant students. There is a strict definition that qualifies ELL and immigrant students for Title III, so be sure to read about it before deciding where your grant money will go.

How can I use Title III funds?

  • After-school programs

  • Summer programs

  • Teaching tech

  • ELL professional development

  • ELL Technology

Here is a large list of Title III initiatives written by Judy Riffle, Ed.D, a former teacher and administrator. Again, this is not an exhaustive list; it may give you some ideas.  

** It is important to note that these funds must go directly to ELL students, and the programs/materials cannot have been used in other classrooms first.  

Title III Resources

  1. DOE - Title III, Part A

  2. DOE - Title III, Part A Applicant Information

  3. National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition - Title III FAQs

  4. Education Grants Help - Allowable Uses of K-12 Title III Part A LEP Funds

Title IV

What are Title IV funds?

Title IV, also known as the 21st Century Learning Centers program, is the newest of the title funds. It emphasizes creating well-rounded learning opportunities in the United States, with a special focus on STEM learning for students. 

How can I use Title IV Funds?

This slide deck was put together by Jodi Peterson of the National Science Teachers Association. It features a list of Title IV eligible initiatives that may give you ideas for your school or district. 

Title IV Resources

  1. DOE - Title IV - 21st Century Schools

  2. Education Week - How Can Districts Make the Most of Title IV Funding Under ESSA?

IDEA

What is IDEA?

IDEA supports students with special needs. The programs or materials purchased with IDEA funds must benefit students with Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs.  

How can I use IDEA funds?

  • Counseling

  • Behavior management programs

  • Flexible seating options

  • Assistive software

  • Classroom aids

** It is important to note that IDEA funds must go directly to special needs students, and the programs/materials cannot have been used in other classrooms first.  

IDEA Resources

  1. DOE - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

  2. DOE - About IDEA

Using Title Funds to Purchase Codelicious

Codelicious curriculum qualifies for multiple title funds! Keep reading to see which grants we suggest:

  1. Title I: If you’re a Title I school (greater than 40% of low-income students), we suggest you include computer science curriculum in your Title I budget. Later, you can amend the grant to add Codelicious as the provider.

  2. Title II: Our curriculum is educator led and thus provides a professional development opportunity for teachers. This can be written into your Title II grant.

  3. Title IV: Title IV is written specifically to include STEM and computer science curricula. So long as your Title IV budget provides for computer science curriculum, Codelicious can be written in as the provider.

Interested in using your title funds on Codelicious curriculum? Learn more about our courses in the coding curriculum pathway here.

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