Districts: Here's How to Get Some Help With the E-Rate
Ed tech officials: Confused about the E-Rate? The State Educational Technology Directors Association is on the case.
The nonprofit, which represents U.S. state and territorial tech leaders, is launching a new feature, E-Rate Training: Ask the State Experts. The trainings are aimed at supporting tech leaders with applications and implementation of the E-Rate program for schools, districts, and libraries so they can get the most for their money in fiscal year 2021, which started Oct. 1.
The trainings will be offered through 90-minute online, interactive sessions beginning Oct. 22 and running monthly through April 2021. These trainings will be conducted by E-Rate experts, including state E-Rate coordinators and their staff. Registration and more information is available online via this link. Participants will have access to both the live sessions and the event archives.
The assistance with E-Rate, which helps schools and libraries obtain affordable broadband, couldn't come at a better time. Schools around the country have decided to go entirely or partially virtual to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"This year has imposed unprecedented challenges for educators with more hurdles to come to work through new educating models for their students. In an effort to save time and provide convenience for educators, these virtual trainings will provide valuable content while ensuring the safety and health of all," said Todd Lawrence, the E-Rate coordinator for Idaho's department of education in a statement.