Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

During a recent edWebinar , edtech experts provided an overview of the E-Rate program, state matching funds, and ways to obtain grants for technological development. Accessing the E-Rate and Matching State Funds. Investment in these areas and a strategy for obtaining E-Rate discounts should be part of every district’s five- or ten-year technology plan, so that schools can continue to have reliable service that accommodates changing needs.

E-rate funding toolkit aims to make applying easier

eSchool News

Common Sense, SETDA unveil toolkit to help states, schools apply for billions in federal aid under the E-rate program modernization. A new E-rate funding toolkit from Common Sense and SETDA explains the changes to the federal program, available funding, and best ways to apply for it. school and library to high-speed internet by helping states and school districts access billions of dollars in the newly modernized federal E-rate program.

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Ensuring Access to Robust Broadband for ALL Students

Doug Levin

Benjamin Herold of Education Week has put together a real cracker of a series on the challenges of ensuring school broadband access in rural communities – and how E-rate (pre- and post-modernization) is helping to address the situation. This led the Alliance for Excellent Education (and its partners) – inexplicably – to rally around this goal with the uninspirational ‘ 99 in 5 ‘ campaign instead of pushing for universal access.

Groups urge IES to release months-late report on student internet access

eSchool News

In a letter to the Institute of Education Sciences , a number of ed-tech and advocacy organizations point out that many students lack home access to the internet connectivity they need to complete homework and use online learning resources. E-Rate Center E-Rate News ACT best broadband classroom Congress connectivity digital digital learning ed-tech Education graduation help internet internet access learning

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. . Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

A delegation of educators traveled to Washington D.C. The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. . Officials from the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

Progress Made on K–12 Connectivity, But Work Remains

EdTech Magazine

The nonprofit broadband advocacy group found nearly 45 million students enjoy in-school access to high-speed internet connectivity, up from 39 million in 2017. In addition, even schools with the appropriate infrastructure in place to support e-learning haven’t met the Federal Communications Commission’s long-term connectivity goal of 1 gigabit per second per 1,000 users. . MORE FROM EDTECH : Find the information you need to prepare for your E-Rate application.

How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. Students and educators have more tools to create a learning environment that fosters personalized learning. Educators and district leaders can use data to make informed decisions. Blog Educators League of Innovative Schools

How a passion for policy helped an educator get more funding for technology in schools

Education Superhighway

As a former teacher, tech coordinator, and chief technology officer, Jennifer Bergland now leads advocacy efforts as the Director of Governmental Relations at Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA). Here’s more about her journey to connect all Texas students to digital learning opportunities, and her top tips to help educators invest in technology funding to improve student engagement. What experiences made you passionate about educational technology?

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. Founded in 1865, AASA is the professional organization, comprised of over 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA members advance the goals of public education and champion children’s causes in their districts and nationwide.

Connected Nation welcomes Emily Jordan to lead Connect K-12

Education Superhighway

Jordan brings extensive experience in policy and advocacy to the CN team. She previously worked as a special education teacher for five years, where she developed her passion for accessibility, organization, and sound public policy.

CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access

CUE

Advocacy Efforts Result in Passage of AJR 7 in CA State Legislature – Walnut Creek, Calif., September 22, 2017 Current Federal efforts to rescind or block regulations and funding that protect equity of technology access and support for schools and homes are of major concern, and CUE, an education nonprofit based in California, is doing something about it. CUE is a 501c3 Educational Nonprofit. CUE Promotes Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

Wherever the location, funding is always a challenge for educational leaders. Leveraging new funding opportunities such as E-Rate or ESSER, the superintendents faced with unique challenges used the funding sources thoughtfully.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

Mission (Almost) Accomplished: Nonprofit EducationSuperHighway Prepares to Sunset

Edsurge

The education community could have seen this coming. Source: EducationSuperHighway But back in February 2012, when Marwell started the nonprofit, hitting those marks was almost unthinkable, says Jennifer Bergland, director of governmental relations at the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), a nonprofit. District technology leaders, she adds, couldn’t fathom that internet service providers would come out and deliver fiber to their schools, much less at affordable rates.

Nearly all American classrooms can now connect to high-speed internet, effectively closing the “connectivity divide”

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Higher Education. EducationSuperHighway’s advocacy supported the district’s efforts perfectly. The organization lobbied the Federal Communications Commission to allow districts to get or improve their Wi-Fi with money from a program called E-rate.

Report: 41 percent of schools are under-connected

eSchool News

A new report details the importance of state advocacy in connecting schools, students to broadband internet. A new report from SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action focuses on K-12 broadband and wi-fi connectivity, state leadership for infrastructure, state broadband implementation highlights, and state advocacy for federal broadband support. And in Oregon, state agencies are coordinating to provide high-speed broadband to all schools through a partnership with Education SuperHighway.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

CoSN2020: Annual Event Focuses on Breakthrough Mindsets

EdTech Magazine

Educational technology is on a fast path of continuous change, but leaders’ mindsets don’t always follow. One key shift is that educational technology leaders need to adopt a more strategic focus instead of a break/fix approach. What does that mean for human attention, bandwidth and life in general, particularly for leaders in education? MORE FROM EDTECH : K–12 education’s top tech hurdles to innovation.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. One of the flaws, I think, of much of the reporting on education technology is that it treats “ed-tech” as a product without a politics and without a practice. Already a key part of many people’s information consumption, Facebook explicitly wants to become an education company, working with a charter school chain to develop education software. million in E-Rate rebates.).

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Congress, in an effort to limit federal involvement in higher education, has voted to eliminate Obama-era regulations on teacher-preparation programs.” ” Education Department hires include a venture capitalist, members of the Trump campaign, and a KIPP school founder. Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “177 Private Colleges Fail Education Dept.’s

Schools in the poorest state become even poorer

The Hechinger Report

Under the fiscal 2017 budget, approved by lawmakers in April, allocations for the state’s public schools will still be about $172 million below what is considered full funding, according to figures from the state Department of Education. It is a very familiar story,” said Michael Cormack, chief executive officer of the Barksdale Reading Institute, a nonprofit education organization. “We’ve Related: “Education costs money,” says state superintendent in Mississippi.

The rural school district Obama fought to save

The Hechinger Report

Martin had the lowest ratings possible for achievement and improvement on its state report card that year. I think this school exemplifies some of the enormous problems that we’re having just in terms of getting enough resources to educate our kids,’’ the future president said, shooting a little basketball in the heavy heat of August in a gym with no air conditioning. Secretary of Education John B. We just want to have a chance at a decent education,” she wrote.