Title II Supporting Effective Instruction

Title II Supporting Effective Instruction

Contact information (Federal)

Karen Hardin | 402-471-2968 | karen.hardin@nebraska.gov

Contact information (State)

Dr. Janine Theiler | 402-471-4838 | janine.theiler@nebraska.gov

Title II – Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

TITLE II-Preparing, Training and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or Other School Leaders

 SEC. 2001 [20 U.S.C. 6601] PURPOSE.

  The purpose of this title is to provide grants to State educational agencies and subgrants to local educational agencies to-

  1. Increase student achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards;
  2. Improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders;
  3. Increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in school; and-  
  4. Provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders 

Title IV-A , Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE)

Title II-B Math/Science

(Important Please Read: This is no longer required, effective 2016-2017)

NCLB Qualified Teacher Forms and Information Section

* Nebraska Revised State Plan (2008 pdf)
* District Information (pdf)
* HOUSSE Application NDE 34-031 (Word format)
* Teacher Information and Instructions (2008 pdf)
* Requirements for Public School Teachers (2008 pdf)
* Teacher Testing Requirements (New to Elementary) (pdf)
* Qualified Teachers Out of State Requirements (2007 pdf)
* Qualified Teachers Special Education Criteria (2008 pdf)
* Qualified Teachers Special Education Teacher Definitions (2009 pdf)

* See Contact Information (Bottom of the Page)

Title II Qualified Teacher Reference

ESEA/NCLB Title II: Parts A-B-D NCLB Highly Qualified Teachers/Principals

NCLB Qualified Teacher Lookup System (outside link)
NCLB Qualified Teacher Requirement Frequent Asked Questions (2008 pdf)

Federal Law and Definition Part A

Title II – Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 as Amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

Section 2102 Purpose
The purpose of this part is to provide grants to State educational agencies, local educational agencies, State agencies for higher education, and eligible partnerships in order to:

  1. increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools; and
  2. hold local educational agencies and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

Teacher-to-Teacher Training Corps

  • Click here to view Teacher to Teacher Training Corps Information release

Staff/Teacher Attestation Form for Schools

Contact Information (Outside Title I)

Brad Conner, 402-471-2741 or brad.conner@nebraska.gov

Qualified Teachers Program

Pat Madsen, Program Specialist
ph: 402-471-4863 fax: 471-5127
Adria Bace, Program Specialist
ph: 402-471-4312 fax: 402-471-5022



Title I-A

Title I-A is a program that provides financial assistance to LEAs and schools with high numbers or high percentages of poor children to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

Title I-A Information

This section contains general information relating to a Title I-A. It will be updated throughout the year as new conferences and events happen around the nation.

Paraprofessional Information

NCLB requires that all instructional paraprofessionals supported by Title I, Part A funds have the following: A high school diploma or GED, and Completion of two years of college, (48 semester credit hours), or demonstrated, through an approved or local assessment: Para Pro (ETS), Para Educator (Master Teacher), Project Para (UNL)

Forms Templates Samples


2016 Schoolwide Self Review Score Sheet (NDE Form NDE-0455)
Report of Expenditures of Grant Funds (NDE Form 28-003)
Title I-A Carryover Waiver Request Form (NDE Form 04-060)
Title I-A Schoolwide Intent (NDE Form-04-547)

Samples, Forms and Documents

2017-18 Combined District and School Parent and Family Engagement Sample Policy
Title I-D Sample Spreadsheet of Annual Count Verification (Excel)
Title VII-B – Homeless Education Sample-Dispute Resolution Process
Title VII-B – Homeless Education Sample-Written Notification of Enrollment/Placement Decision
Title VII-B – Homeless Education Sample- Dispute Resolution Written Response and Right to Appeal Notification




Parent Involvement Toolkit

Important Miscellaneous Documents

2017-18-ESSA-Monitoring-Guide-Checklist (DOC)
2017-18-ESSA-Monitoring-Guide-Checklist (PDF)
Title I-D Self Review of Family Engagement

Time and Effort Reporting

Sample Documents:


Allocations 2018-2019

Federal Program Allocations

Allocations 2017-2018

Allocation’s Information and Resources

Accountability Allocations

Title VIII Private School Information

Title VIII Private School Information

Tim Vanderheiden | 402-471-1749 | timothy.vanderheiden@nebraska.gov

Federal Law and Definition

U.S. Department of Education: Equitable Services for Eligible Private School Students, Teachers, and Other Educational Personnel (Non-Regulatory Guidance) 2009 (pdf)

Except as otherwise provided in this Act, to the extent consistent with the number of eligible children in areas served by a State educational agency, local educational agency, educational service agency, consortium of those agencies, or another entity receiving financial assistance under a program specified in subsection (b), who are enrolled in private elementary schools and secondary schools in areas served by such agency, consortium, or entity, the agency, consortium, or entity shall, after timely and meaningful consultation with appropriate private school officials provide to those children and their teachers or other educational personnel, on an equitable basis, special educational services or other benefits that address their needs under the program.


REAP Contacts:
For additional assistance in filing your application, obtaining information regarding your district’s eligibility for SRSA or RLIS funding, or available funds in your SRSA or RLIS account, contact one of the following individuals:

2017-2018 REAP Information

Click here for 2017-18 REAP Information:  REAP-FY18 Final Cohort

The Rural Education Achievement Program in Nebraska (REAP)
ESEA/NCLB Title VI Part B: Rural Education Initiative

Part B of Title VI of the reauthorized ESEA contains Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) initiatives that are designed to help rural districts that may lack the personnel and resources to compete effectively for Federal competitive grants and that often receive grant allocations in amounts that are too small to be effective in meeting their intended purposes. Funds awarded to Nebraska school districts under either of the two REAP grants listed below can be used for any activity that would otherwise be allowed under Titles I- IV.

The two REAP initiatives are:

  • The Small, Rural School Grant Program (SRSA) authorizes the Secretary to award formula grants directly to eligible LEAs (i.e., those LEAs eligible under the alternative uses of funds program described below) to carry out activities authorized under other specified Federal programs.  These SRSA funds are sent directly to each LEA by the USDE and do not flow through the Nebraska Department of Education.  However, NDE staff are available to assist LEAs in applying for and receiving these funds from the USDE.
    • The Alternative Use of Funds (flex) authority is a flexibility provision that allows eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to combine funding under certain programs to carry out local activities under other specified Federal programs.  However, some restrictions apply to transfers among these programs.  Contact your NDE Title I Consultant to discuss the availability of transfers within your ESSA Consolidated Grant.
  • The Rural and Low-Income School Program (RLIS)  is designed to address the needs of rural, low-income schools. The Secretary awards formula grants to State educational agencies (SEAs), which in turn award sub-grants to eligible LEAs either competitively or on a formula basis. The funds are to be used to carry out activities specified by the statute. RLIS funds are awarded annually to LEAs in Nebraska on the basis of a paper and pencil grant application submitted to the NDE each fall. Funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis and requests for such reimbursement are submitted via paper and pencil documentation to NDE at the end of each grant year.
  • The REAP Small Rural Schools Achievement (SRSA) eligibility list for each funding year is posted at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/reapsrsa/awards.html.   From that page, select the “Awards” tab, and the link to the current year State Grant Awards Spreadsheets.  Select and download the Nebraska spreadsheet to obtain the list of eligible NE school districts.
    • Any new school district, or any district that has merged with another district must file a new application.  Districts that are highlighted in yellow must apply (or reapply) by May 30, 2014. Applications received after this deadline will be processed only to the extent that funds remain available. If your district is highlighted in yellow, it is recommended that you submit an application via the USDA G5 System as soon as possible.
    • SRSA Grant Awards (GAN) and information on accessing the funds are typically sent in September or October and are delivered directly from USDE to school districts through US Mail.

Only a few Nebraska schools qualify for RLIS funds.  Typically, these are rural districts that do not qualify for SRSA funds, although there are some school districts in Nebraska that qualify for both programs and must make a choice which program they prefer to participate in.  Each eligible district must apply annually to NDE for the funds and a GAN is issued in the fall to confirm approval of their application

All SRSA funds do not actually carry over, but can still be used for one additional year, resulting in a total time period of nearly two years during which these funds can be used.

All RLIS funds from the current year must be spent by September 30 of the following school year. There is no carry-over provision in the RLIS grant.

Title VII-B

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The Act was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently was reauthorized in 2015 as Title VII, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The McKinney-Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies (SEAs) and Local educational agencies (LEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school.

Nebraska Numbers

In the 2016-2017 School year Nebraska districts reported 3,627 children or youth who were experiencing homelessness. Children and youth were reported from every part of the state with a total of 66 districts reporting anywhere from 1 to 1,023 children or youth experiencing homelessness sometime during the year. This includes a count of 442 unaccompanied homeless children or youth. An unaccompanied homeless youth or child is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. 62% of homeless children and youth in Nebraska are in “doubled-up” situations. Doubled-up means sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act – Laws and Guidance

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the only major federal legislation concerning the education of homeless children and youth. It is designed to address the challenges this vulnerable population have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. It ensures that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth. This legislation ensures that homeless students have access to the educational and related services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held

Below you will find all the necessary information relating to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This includes a PDF copy of the law, as well as, guidance documents, and other pertinent information.

Sample Documents

This section includes a list of sample documents relating to Enrollment, and Dispute Resolution.

Homeless Shelter Information

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational excellence for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

The National Center for Homeless Education
The NCHE provides research, resources, and information enabling communities to address the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
The mission of the Law Center is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.

SchoolHouse Connection
SchoolHouse Connection is a national organization promoting success for children and youth experiencing homelessness, from birth through higher education.

List of Homeless Shelters throughout Nebraska.


Project Response
P.O. Box 213
Auburn, NE 68305


Family Service Safe Haven
116 E. Mission Avenue
Bellevue, NE 68005


Family Rescue Services
P.O. Box 877
Chadron, NE 69337


Care Corps, Inc.
723 North Broad Street
Fremont, NE 68025

Grand Island

Hope Harbor
610 West Division
Grand Island, NE 68801

Crisis Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 1008
Grand Island, NE 68802


Catholic Social Services
515 West 3rd Street
Hastings, NE 68901

Crossroads Center
421 North Lincoln Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901

Emergency Protective Service Shelter
621 North Lincoln
Hastings, NE 68901

Spouse Abuse/Sexual Assault Crisis Center
2608 West 2nd Street
P.O. Box 8
Hastings, NE 68901


RAFT, Inc.
P.O. Box 1741
Kearney, NE 68848

The S.A.F.E. Center, Inc.
3710 Central Avenue, Ste. 10
Kearney, NE 68847


Haven House Community Services Center, Inc.
109 West 8th Street
Lexington, NE 68850

Parent-Child Center
P.O. Box 722
Lexington, NE 68850


Cedars Freeway Station
1911 South 20th Street
Lincoln, NE 68502

Cedars Youth Services
640 South 48th Street
Lincoln, NE 68503

Friendship Home
P.O. Box 30268
Lincoln, NE 68503

People’s City Mission
110 Q Street
Lincoln, NE 68501


Domestic Abuse/Sexual Assault Services
P.O. Box 714
McCook, NE 69001


Bright Horizons
P.O. Box 1711
Norfolk, NE 68702

Temporary Housing Action Team
1628 West Berry Hill Drive
Norfolk, NE 68701

Wesley Center Crisis Nursery
409-1/2 Phillip Avenue
Norfolk, NE 68701

North Platte

Rape/Domestic Abuse Program
P.O. Box 393
North Platte, NE 69101

Lincoln County Community Services
Lincoln Connection
P.O. Box 1881
North Platte, NE 69101


Sandhills Crisis Intervention Program
P.O. Box 22
Ogallala, NE 69153


Catholic Social Services
P.O. Box 4346
Omaha, NE 68104

Child Saving Institute
Children’s Crisis Center
115 South 46th Street
Omaha, NE 68132

Open Door Mission Ministries
Lydia House
3030 North 21st Street East
Omaha, NE 68110

Open Door Mission Ministries
Family Ministries
2706 North 21st Street East
Omaha, NE 68110

St. Vincent de Paul Family Shelter
613 North 17th Street
Omaha, NE 68102

The Salvation Army/CARES
3612 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Salvation Army Homeless Housing Program
3612 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68102


Domestic Violence Emergency Services
P.O. Box 434
Scottsbluff, NE 69361

Panhandle Youth Shelter
3350 North 10th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361


North Central Quad Counties
421 East 3rd Street
Valentine, NE 69201


Haven House Family Services Center
P.O. Box 44
Wayne, NE 68787