Advocacy Back to School Webinar – OTLs, Title IV, & You!

Looking for ways to receive federal funding to support your music program?

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Join us at 7:00 PM (EST) on August 24 for a webinar on the Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Standards and how they can help YOU receive funding under Title IV, Part A of ESSA. 

What is Title IV, Part A?

Of the numerous “Well-Rounded” programs within the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the landmark law includes a new block grant titled Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG), which was created under Title IV, Part A. This grant will provide supplemental funding to help states and school districts provide access to “Well-Rounded” education subjects, which includes music and the arts.

Needs Assessments

One key component to Title IV, Part A is that local educational agencies, or school districts, MUST assess if their schools are providing a well-rounded education. These “needs assessments” determine where access may be lacking for their students, such as music education. School districts then create a plan to address those deficiencies based on the results of their needs assessments, which become part of the district’s Title IV funding application.

This is where YOU as a music educator can get involved. How you may ask? The Opportunity to Learn Standards is our answer.

The Opportunity to Learn Standards

Developed by the Council of Music Program Leaders for NAfME in 2015, the Opportunity-to-Learn (OTL) standards identify the resources that need to be in place so that teachers, schools, and school districts can give students a meaningful chance to achieve at the levels of music education that are spelled out in the 2014 Music Standards.

The OTL standards provide guidance for several key areas that are inherent to providing a proper music education to American students; these include:

  • Curriculum and Scheduling
  • Staffing
  • Materials & Equipment
  • Facilities 

By evaluating your program’s current situation in each of these categories, OTL Standards may be utilized as a “needs assessment” check list for your music education program and many others across the nation.

How to Sign Up!

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00 PM (EST). To sign up for our OTL-Title IV webinar, click the button below!

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity!

Ronny Lau, Policy Advisor, Center for Advocacy, Policy, and Constituency Engagement, August 16, 2016. © National Association for Music Education (