In an effort to help school districts provide students with a well rounded education that includes the humanities and arts, the U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to state and local education leaders outlining creative ways they may enhance holistic education programs by utilizing in conjunction various federal resources.The department defines humanities in the letter as history, civics, government, economics, geography, literature, art, music and other non-STEM subjects not usually found in the English/language arts curriculum.
The Dear Colleague Letter suggests ways that Title I funds may be used to purchase humanities learning materials, devices such as tablets and laptops, and digital learning resources. It also describes how these funds may be used to support field trips that expose students to the humanities. The guidance goes into detail how Title II dollars may be used for professional development activities that support instruction and course development. Additionally, it explains how funds may be used to provide incentives to recruit effective school leaders and educators in these subject areas.
Furthermore, it encourages grantees to utilize Carl Perkins funding to create humanities focused career and technical education programs and experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and mentorships for students. Be sure to review the new guidance. It also includes ideas for supporting after-school programs, students with learning disabilities, and English learners.