Sharing Responsibility for English Learners: Blending and Braiding Federal Funds
Is it difficult to effectively support the English learners (ELs) in your district and schools solely using your Title III, Part A funds? What additional funding sources could be used in supporting supplemental Language Instruction Education Programs (LIEP) for ELs? This session will provide examples of how to innovatively use multiple federal funds (Title I, Parts A and C; Title II, Part A; and Title III, Part A) to meet the needs of your English learners. In small groups, participants will discuss various scenarios of braiding/blending federal funds sources to coordinate support for EL programs. By coordinating and integrating services and funds from various federal programs, the identified needs of EL students and parents can be better addressed.
Since 2017, Dr. Baker and her team at the Georgia Department of Education have been providing technical assistance and guidance to LEAs on blending and braiding various federal funds to support meeting the needs of populations across federal programs.
Dr. Ken Banter has been with the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) for eight years after serving in Peach County Schools for over 30 years as a teacher, administrator, and federal programs director. Ken currently fulfils the role of Senior Title I Program Manager at GaDOE. The Title I program in Georgia provides supplemental funds to LEAs in Georgia and their over 1,600 Title I schools. He has been a member of NAESPA for eleven years and currently serves as the Vice President. Additional NAESPA roles have Ken chairing the Membership Committee and serving on National Conference Planning, and Finance committees.
Megan Roedl is an educator with twenty years of experience. During her career, she has taught high school social studies, served as a Title I Program Specialist, and coordinated family engagement in Federal Programs for a large and diverse school district. In July 2021, Ms. Roedl joined the Family-School Partnership team at the Georgia Department of Education. She now uses her passion for family engagement to support districts in the southern part of the state. In addition, Ms. Roedl oversees the Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) initiative in Georgia's schools. Dedicated to utilizing high-impact family engagement strategies to build the capacity of school staff and families across the state of Georgia and the nation, Ms. Roedl is delighted to present with her colleagues at the National ESEA Conference.