U.S. Department of Education Resources

Expert Help & Training

Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center)

Offers technical assistance to state and local educational agencies in developing and implementing plans to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) into their academic programs and enhance school safety. Provides three tiers of assistance that range from general tools, resources, and information about SEL to working directly in extended partnership with educational agencies to develop comprehensive strategies to address SEL.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Developing Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) K-12 101

Offers an online course with six modules covering all aspects of emergency operation plans (EOPs) for K-12 schools. Provides training on EOP development, assessment, review, implementation, and maintenance. Helps schools prepare for emergencies and comply with all state and local requirements. Includes additional emergency preparedness resources for schools.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)

Provides technical assistance to improve and support state systems and local programs implementing the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children (Pyramid Model) to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with, and at risk for, developmental disabilities or delays. Works with early childhood programs to reduce the use of inappropriate discipline practices, promote family engagement, use data for decision-making, integrate early childhood and infant mental health consultation and foster inclusion.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE)

Delivers information, resources, technical assistance, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher learning to assess school climate, implement evidence-based programs to improve learning conditions, and measure outcomes in three core areas: providing a well-rounded education, improving the safety and health of students, and improving the effective use of technology. Offers multiple products, policy guides, toolkits, research, media, online events and training related to issues of substance and opioid abuse for students, families, schools, and communities.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center

Assists schools and school districts with the implementation of a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to improving students' social, emotional, and physical well-being, reducing disruptive behavior, and creating a positive learning environment. Uses a multi-tiered framework that reaches all students while allowing for more focused intervention and support for at-risk students and students with disabilities. Includes resources and blueprints for implementing school-wide responses to the opioid crisis and substance abuse. Offers direct onsite technical assistance to district and state leadership teams as well as indirect assistance through online resources, national and regional conferences, and collaborations with other technical assistance centers and organizations.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center

Offers support services, technical assistance, information, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to help strengthen their emergency preparedness. Includes information and resources on the development of emergency operation plans, including how to prepare for opioid-related emergencies and support students dealing with substance use issues in rural and urban areas.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)

Funding

Funding to address substance use disorders (SUDs) and related issues. List may include programs with a primary purpose other than addressing SUDs.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)

Creates community learning centers to run after-school programs for students in high-poverty or low-performing schools. Provides academic programs to help students meet standards in core academic subjects, like math and reading, along with a variety of enrichment programs, such as drug and violence prevention programs. Funding is awarded to states, who distribute grants locally through state grant competitions.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Program

Provides students with improved access to a well-rounded education, better school conditions for student learning, and increased use of technology to raise academic achievement and digital literacy. Includes alcohol and drug education and prevention efforts as well as professional development and training for school personnel and community members to identify and address substance abuse.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Inactive

Makes federal funding available through two initiatives to rural school districts that may have difficulty receiving awards through competitive grants due to a lack of resources. Each initiative supports student achievement and provides not only basic school programs, such as enhancing curriculum or instruction in schools, but also a range of student support and enrichment activities and services, which may include substance abuse education and prevention programs.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
School Climate Transformation Grant – Local Educational Agency Grants (SCTG-LEA) Program Inactive

Enhances school climate, creating safer, healthier, more engaging and supportive environments for students. Supports the development and implementation of programs using evidence-based multi-tiered frameworks to improve learning conditions and behavioral outcomes and provides training and technical assistance to schools. Prioritizes local educational agencies (LEAs) in rural and tribal areas and gives competitive preference to projects that address the prevention and the impacts of opioid abuse.

Application Deadline: Jul 22, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Project Prevent Grant Program Inactive

Funds to create school-based programs to help students affected by exposure to violence. Addresses the physical and emotional harms that can impact students' lives long-term and affect academic progress and school safety. Provides students access to counseling and mental health services as well as conflict resolution and other strategies to prevent future violence.

Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) Program Inactive

Funds new full-service community schools (FSCS) programs or further development to existing programs, which includes support for planning, implementation, operation, and coordination for programs in high poverty urban and rural areas. FSCS programs provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students' family members, and community members that are designed to improve education outcomes for children.

Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 18, 2019
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)

Information

An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education

Provides an overview of a federal guide for institutions of higher education developing emergency operations plans (EOPs). Highlights key principles of emergency planning and EOP development. Describes how EOPs function to prevent emergencies, managing emergency response for colleges and universities, and ways to facilitate recovery. Includes resources to support emergency planning efforts for institutions of higher education.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

Provides an overview of a federal guide for schools to assist with developing emergency operations plans (EOPs). Highlights key principles of emergency planning and EOP development. Describes how EOPs function to prevent emergencies, managing school emergency response, and ways to facilitate recovery. Includes resources to support school emergency planning efforts.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

Provides resources for parent training and information centers and community parent resource centers across the U.S. which support families of children with disabilities in effectively participating in their child's education and development. Offers information and training to families, professionals, and other organizations by providing access to a resource library, a directory of parent centers, an online database of experts, webinars, and other resources on a variety of topics, including mental health and trauma-informed care.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education

Provides guidance to institutions of higher education in developing and revising emergency operation plans (EOPs). Offers information to address the five mission areas of emergency preparedness and helps colleges and universities coordinate emergency response planning with local, state, and national authorities. Describes the basic principles of emergency management and the process of developing, implementing, and maintaining effective EOPs. Covers various emergency planning topics such as the Clery Act, information sharing, psychological first aid, campus climate, campus law enforcement officers, and active shooter situations.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans

Provides guidance to K-12 schools and school districts in developing and revising emergency operation plans (EOPs). Offers information to address the five mission areas of emergency preparedness: prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. Describes the basic principles of emergency management and the process of developing, implementing, and maintaining effective EOPs. Includes discussion on coordinating emergency response planning with local, state, and national authorities. Covers various emergency planning topics such as school climate, psychological first aid, information sharing, and active shooter situations.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Opioid Crisis and Substance Misuse

Provides tools, publications, and other resources for schools to provide services, support, and interventions to address opioid and substance misuse for students and their families. Includes information on substance use and related trauma among students. Discusses implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) to improve school climate and reduce substance use.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)
Preparing for Opioid-Related Emergencies for K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education

Fact sheet detailing the six-step planning process to help schools and institutions of higher education develop or update emergency operation plans (EOPs) to address potential threats and issues resulting from opioid misuse and abuse. Discusses the five mission areas of preparedness for opioid-related emergencies and the effects of the opioid crisis on school-aged children, young adults, and school safety. Includes links to additional resources and information to aid in the development of school EOPs, and programs and activities to address an opioid overdose.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Specialized Training Packages

Provides access to training materials to help school emergency managers train school faculty, staff, and students in emergency preparedness. Offers training on a range of specialized school emergency topics and on the process of developing high-quality emergency operation plans (EOPs). Builds knowledge and skills to help schools and school districts prevent, respond to, and recover from emergency situations. Packages include training instructions, PowerPoint presentations, tabletop exercises, supplemental materials, and resources.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
The Role of Districts in Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans: A Companion to the School Guide

Provides guidance to school districts in developing effective school emergency operations plans (EOPs). Describes the six-step planning process and the specific roles and responsibilities for district-level administrators and staff in developing and implementing EOPs. Includes a task checklist to help districts track their progress through the planning process. Builds on the previous Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans or School Guide.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Young Children Who Are Exposed Prenatally to Substances and Their Families

Provides information for state and local early intervention systems regarding the prevalence of infants and toddlers prenatally exposed to substances, and resources and supports needed to promote positive outcomes for these infants and their families. Shares links to key research, policy, guidance and state examples, and evidence-based practices for supporting young children exposed prenatally to substances and their families. Product of the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center funded by a cooperative agreement through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS)