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PE Coordinators Benefit from Mastering ESSA Language to Build Successful Proposals

Teachers using the summer to identify new funding sources to purchase valuable new tools for their programs should give themselves their own homework assignment: study the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Those focused on student health and wellness should pay particular attention to ESSA Title IV, Part A. ESSA distributes $1.17 billion in federal grant funding that supplements the primary Department of Education budget. Read More

Summer is Ideal Time to Build New ESSA Title IV, Part A Proposals

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) continues to be a reliable source of funding for teachers and administrators adding IHT heart rate technology to their physical education programs.

In the 2018-19 school year, the U.S. Department of Education made $1.1 billion available to local schools as part of ESSA Title IV, Part A, which supports programs that provide safe and healthy schools, well-rounded education and demonstrate the effective use of technology. For the coming year, the Title IV, Part A budget increases to $1.17 billion to be divided among the states. Read More

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Building Relationships with Department Leaders Essential for Teachers, Administrators Seeking Program Funding

When looking to add heart rate technology to their curriculum, the largest hurdle PE teachers face is often funding. Where will the money come from? What’s the process to request funding?

As a former PE teacher and coordinator, IHT Regional Vice President Eric Larson understands the challenges facing today’s teachers and administrators. With the end of the school year approaching, Larson offered some of the strategies he used to secure funding for different initiatives as a teacher and coordinator at Denver Public Schools:

    • Learn about the different funding options available to purchase PE heart rate technology by researching district, state and federal databases to find available grants;
      • Develop relationships with departmental leaders managing budgets; and
    • Connect with district leadership to create presentations for funding decision-makers.

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Colorado District Uses ESSA Title IV Funding to Add Wellness Technology

Heart Rate Monitors, Software Allow Teachers to Connect with Students to Teach Fitness Skills, Measure Results

A Douglas County (Colo.) School District administrator used her district’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV, Part A funding to improve and measure student wellness with heart rate training.

Beginning late in the 2017-18 school year, Healthy Schools Coordinator Laurie LaComb used funds from the district’s annual ESSA Title IV, Part A allocation to purchase sets of IHT ZONE wrist heart rate monitors.

Students receive continuous feedback on their physical activity by wearing the IHT ZONE monitors during their PE classes. Improved fitness, LaComb knows, brings academic benefits as well. Read More

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McAllen PE Administrator Finds Success Earning ESSA Title IV, Part A Funding

Fast thinking and teamwork helped McAllen ISD (Texas) Coordinator for Health and Physical Education Mario Reyna fund two purchases through his district’s Every Student Succeeds Act Title IV, Part A allocation.

For the 2018-19 school year, Reyna worked with McAllen’s State and Federal Programs office to secure nearly $50,000 to purchase the IHT Spirit System for each of the district’s middle school PE departments. In 2017-18, Reyna secured similar funding to add music-based fitness tools to every elementary, middle and high school campus in McAllen ISD. Read More