About Us


The Title IV-A Coalition is an alliance comprised of more than 60 national organizations working together to advocate for maximum funding of the flexible block grant, which is authorized at $1.6 billion for FY 2018 under Title IV, part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The block grant, known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, is designed to ensure that high needs districts have access to programs that foster safe and healthy students, provide students with a well-rounded education, and increase the effective use of technology in our nation’s schools. The Coalition believes that if fully funded and administered the way Congress intended under ESSA, the SSAE grant program has the potential to adequately support school districts in their central mission of providing our students with the skills, resources, and support they need to succeed.



What is the Title IV-A Block Grant? How are funds distributed? How much has the block grant received? What is the impact on students? Find out here.  

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Access our fact sheets, talking points, press statements, funding resources and more here. 

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Our Members

Learn about the 60 organizations that make up the coalition and how Title IV, A funding affects each group and the members they represent. 

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The members of our steering committee are always here to help, please reach out to us to learn more about how you can help!

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Made Possible By

American Library Association (ALA)

American Heart Association (HEART)

American School Counselors Association (ASCA)

Bernstein Strategy Group (BSG)

Futures Without Violence

Girl Scouts of the USA

National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC)

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston

National PTA

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

SHAPE America



Ally Bernstein – Executive Director, Title IV-A Coalition also representing the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE), ally@bsg-dc.com

Karen Johnson – SHAPE America, kjohnson@potomacstrategic.com

Ronny Lau – National Association for Music Education (NAfME), RonnyL@nafme.org

Kiersten Stewart – Futures Without Violence, kstewart@futureswithoutviolence.org

Kelly Vaillancourt – National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), kvaillancourt@naspweb.org

Patti Curtis – National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston, curtisp@mos.org

Jodi Peterson – National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), jpeterson@nsta.org