OSHS work, programs and resources are organized under the following program units:
Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities
The Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities Unit provides program support and technical assistance on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. Some examples of content support include: college and career guidance and counseling programs, music and arts programs, STEM subjects, accelerated learning programs, history, foreign language, environmental education, promoting volunteerism, and other activities that support a well-rounded education.
The Well-Rounded Educational Opportunities Unit also administers the Physical Education and School Counseling programs.
Safe and Healthy Students
The Safe and Healthy Students Unit provides program support and technical assistance on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. Some examples of content support include but are not limited to: drug and violence prevention, school-based mental health services, supporting a healthy, active lifestyle, preventing bullying and harassment, mentoring and school counseling, school dropout and reentry programs, and schoolwide positive behavioral interventions and supports.
The Safe and Healthy Students Unit administers the School Climate Transformation, Project Prevent, and Promoting Student Resilience grant programs and a number of interagency agreements.
There are two technical assistance centers that broadly support the work of the unit:
- The Safe and Supportive Schools TA Center
The Safe and Supportive Schools Website provides state, district and school administrators, teachers, school support staff, communities and families with resources and support to develop rigorous measurement systems that assess school climate and implement and evaluate programmatic interventions.
- The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs to improve the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework.
Another focus of the Safe and Healthy Students Unit is emergency management and school preparedness. This includes programs and technical assistance to improve the ability of schools to prepare for and respond to crises and disasters (natural and man-made). Examples of these programs include Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence), Readiness Emergency Management for Schools grants, Emergency Management for Higher Education grants, homeland security activities; and disaster response coordinated with FEMA and DHS. Additionally, the unit is in close contact with school security police chiefs, school resource officers, and emergency first responders.
There are two technical assistance centers that support the emergency management and preparedness work:
- Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
The REMS TA Center’s primary goal is to support schools, districts, and institutions of higher education in school emergency management and planning, including the development and implementation of comprehensive, all-hazards, high-quality emergency operations plans. The REMS TA Center disseminates information about school emergency management and planning to help school communities learn more about developing, implementing, and revising high-quality emergency operations plans. In addition, the REMS TA Center helps OSHS coordinate technical assistance meetings and share school emergency management and planning information, and responds to direct requests for technical assistance and training.
- The Educational Facilities Clearinghouse
The Educational Facilities Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse) supports educational facilities through the provision of technical assistance and training to public facilities for public pre-kindergarten through higher education on issues related to educational facility planning, design, financing, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance. The Clearinghouse also develops resources and assembles best practices on issues related to ensuring safe, healthy, and high-performance public educational facilities, including procedures for identifying hazards and conducting vulnerability assessments.
The Education Technology Unit provides program support and technical assistance on the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. Some examples of content support include but are not limited to: providing school personnel with professional learning tools, building technological capacity and infrastructure, innovative strategies for delivering specialized or rigorous academic courses through the use of technology, blended learning projects, professional development in the use of technology in STEM subjects (including computer science) and providing students in rural, remote and underserved areas with resources to take advantage of high-quality learning experiences. The Office of Education Technology provides support to States and LEAs.
Education for Homeless Children and Youth
The Education for Homeless Children and Youth Unit provides resources, program support and technical assistance aimed at eliminating enrollment barriers and providing school access and support for academic success for students experiencing homelessness.
This unit administers the following program:
The technical assistance center that supports the work of this unit is:
- The National Center for Homeless Education
The National Center for Homeless Education website has been operated by SERVE at University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 1998. It provides State Coordinators for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, local liaisons and other homeless education staff in school districts, and communities and families experiencing homelessness with resources and information pertaining to all facets of education for homeless children and youth from pre-school through post-secondary education.
Neglected and Delinquent Youth
The Neglected and Delinquent Youth Unit helps to provide education continuity for children in state-run institutions and adult correctional institutions so these children can make successful transitions to school or employment once they are released.
This unit administers the following program:
There is one technical assistance center that supports the work of this unit:
- The Neglected or Delinquent Education Technical Assistance Center
The Neglected or Delinquent Education Technical Assistance Center has been operated by American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC since 2002. It provides State Coordinators for the Title I, Part D program, State and local agency education directors and grant contacts, and communities and families with resources and information pertaining to prevention, intervention and reentry education programs and activities around the country.
Other Associated Program Work
OSHS also implements several other provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: