The CRRSA and ARP acts were passed during the COVID pandemic and include provisions to help districts and schools mitigate the pandemic’s impact on community mental health. AC’s surveys help schools understand how community well-being has shifted during the pandemic, identify critical needs, and take proactive steps to promote resilience.
ESSER funds can be used for all activities allowable under Title programs.
Title I funds can be used towards school-based mental health programs, including implementation of prevention and support services, and professional development necessary to assist in identifying and meeting the needs of lower-achieving students.
AC surveys measure aspects of school life closely linked to student achievement, including student-teacher relationships, learning efficacy, faculty academic support, and more. To help schools identify and address the needs of students most at-risk for negative mental health outcomes, schools can break down AC survey results for all measures by student sub-groups (by gender, race/ethnicity, grade level, free/reduced lunch status, and other demographic factors) to identify student needs, target interventions, and inform faculty/staff programming.
Additionally, schools can use Title I funds to provide parents with meaningful opportunities to participate in their child’s education. AC’s Parent Resilience Survey provides insight into family engagement with the school community and parent perceptions of school programming.
Title II funds are provided to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders. Funds can be used to provide professional development and gather actionable data for school leaders, faculty, and staff.
AC provides professional development workshops that help faculty and staff develop skills to better support student mental health. AC survey results provide actionable data that can help school leaders and teachers better address the aspects of school life most closely linked to student well-being.
The Title IV Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by promoting supportive school environments and encouraging the use of technology.
AC’s surveys and results dashboards give schools and districts the insights necessary to make meaningful changes toward improving school climate and providing welcoming, supportive learning environments. AC’s student surveys assess the most important aspects of school life, including peer relationships, and provide key information about school safety and climate. Additionally, schools can administer AC surveys over time to track the effectiveness of programming on improving school safety and climate.
Colorado schools and districts can apply for a Healthy Schools/Student Wellness grant that can be used to implement student wellness programs, including those focused on social emotional climate, counseling, and psychological & social services. AC works with schools to identify the unique factors most directly linked with well-being in their communities to help reduce barriers to learning.
Every year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offers a Safe and Supportive Schools grant. This grant is intended to help schools and districts ensure that each school creates a safe, positive, healthy, and inclusive learning environment and makes effective use of a system for integrating services to promote students’ behavioral health. AC can help schools measure progress towards their action plans and prioritize areas for improvement.
The DFC grant is available to community coalitions that partner with schools and districts to prevent substance abuse. AC’s surveys are approved for use with the DFC grant and AC can work with coalitions to gather all necessary metrics for SAMHSA reporting.
The STOP grant is available to community coalitions that partner with schools and districts to prevent alcohol abuse. AC’s surveys are approved for use the STOP grant and AC can work with coalitions to gather all necessary metrics for SAMHSA reporting.