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Title IV, Part A: Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program (Oklahoma)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Oklahoma State Department of Education


    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) created a new stream of funding under Title IV, Part A (referred to as Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program by the federal government) that provides districts an opportunity to advance their efforts to improve access to well-rounded educational opportunities in a safe and healthy learning environment. The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) aims to ensure that the allocated funds totaling $11,673,342 are used across Oklahoma schools to accomplish the following goals:

    • Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
    • Improve school conditions for learning to ensure safe and healthy students;
    • Improve the use of technology to improve academic achievement; and
    • Ensure better outcomes for all students.

    In Oklahoma, Title IV, Part A funds will be used as part of a comprehensive strategy known as the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program. This program will establish rubrics for Programs of Excellence that will supplement the existing accountability system by providing schools the option to celebrate aspects of their school programs. Title IV, Part A funds are not awards, but serve the role of investing into schools who are seeking to improve or advance student achievement by addressing well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools, and effective use of technology.

    Districts who apply to use Title IV, Part A funds must use funds to develop and implement programs and activities that are coordinated with other schools and community-based services and programs. During the design and development of its plan, a district or consortium of districts must engage in consultation with stakeholders in the area served by the district and be able to provide appropriate documentation (e.g., agendas, sign-in sheets, minutes) of such consultation. Together, stakeholders should examine relevant data to understand students' and schools' most pressing needs, including:

    • Local needs and/or root causes;
    • Identification of system inequities, including marginalized or underrepresented students whose needs may not be showing up in a survey or other data tools; and
    • Prioritization when several significant needs are identified.

    Such stakeholders must include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Parents
    • Teachers
    • Principals
    • Students
    • School leaders
    • Charter and/or Non-Public school teachers, principals, and other school leaders, when applicable
    • Specialized instructional support personnel
    • Indian tribes or tribal organizations, when applicable
    • Local government representatives
    • Others with relevant and demonstrated expertise
    • Community-based organizations

    Six focal areas have been identified for the statewide competitive grant process and the Oklahoma Champions of Excellence Program is poised to grant no less than $50,000 for LEAs and consortia of LEAs to develop and implement programs and activities that support access to one or more of the following focal areas, thus advancing the designation of the LEA or member LEAs according to the Programs of Excellence rubrics:

    • Fine Arts
    • Mathematics (with an emphasis on improving quality of and access to coursework beyond Algebra 2)
    • Science (with an emphasis on grades PK-5)
    • Social Studies and Civics
    • World Languages
    • Safe and Healthy Schools
    • Computer Science
    • English Language Arts

    History of Funding

    The 2018-2019 competitive grant competition received just over twice as many funds requested as there were available, leaving difficult decisions to be made by the external review panels. A table summarizing the 2018-2019 awardees is available at:

    Additional Information

    An LEA shall not use funds to:

    • Supplant funds that would otherwise come from state or local programs;
    • Pay for costs associated with conference attendance without prior, written approval from the OSDE;
    • Travel out of state, without prior, written approval from the OSDE;
    • Purchase cell phones or cell phone plans;
    • Acquire real property, rent space, obtain capital expenditures.

    A summary of allowable expenditures can be found in the program guidance package at


    Levi Patrick

    Levi Patrick
    2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
    Oklahoma City, OK 73105

  • Eligibility Details

    To be eligible to apply to this program, applicants must be an Oklahoma school districts or an Oklahoma consortium of districts. Projects may be conducted in partnership with:

    • Consortia of school districts;
    • Institutions of higher education;
    • Businesses;
    • Nonprofit organizations;
    • Community-based organizations; and
    • Other public or private entity with a demonstrated record of success in implementing programs and activities relevant to the selected Focal Area(s)

    Deadline Details

    Letters of Intent were due by March 15, 2018. Applications were to be submitted by May 23, 2018. Funding will be distributed via consolidated Title Funding application in 2019 rather than via competition. Speak to the department's program contact to learn more.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Although individual LEA funding maximums are not defined, Oklahoma has set target funding levels that will inform the selection process:

    • Approximately $2,000,000 (50%) will be designated to the development and implementation of programs and activities that support access to a well-rounded education.
    • Approximately $1,200,000 (30%) will be designated to the development, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive programs and activities that improve school conditions for student learning.
    • Additional Funding for Improving the Use of Technology: Approximately $800,000 (20%) will be designated to the improvement of the use of technology to improve the academic achievement, academic growth, and digital literacy of all students. To receive these funds, applicants must address one or more Focal Areas. If requesting funds for improving the use of technology, LEAs must spend no more than 15% of their funds for technology infrastructure. 

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