Introduction E-Rate : The Schools and Libraries Program of Universal Service Fund Wayne School District, Wayne NJ ◦ 14 Schools ◦ 9000 Students ◦ 3200 computers
E-Rate Provides discounts and grants to schools and libraries for telecommunications and internet. Helps provide students with equal access to technology. Covers 20%-90% of costs based on need. Monies from telecommunication providers.
Wayne Schools Technology Plan Mission Statement“…to inspire and empower each individual to value the pursuit of knowledge and become a contributing member of our changing society through a challenging, well balanced program that recognizes individual needs, talents and strengths.” (Wayne Public Schools Three Year Technology Plan, 2010, p. 10)
Wayne Schools 3-Year Technology Plan Goals Professional Development Evaluation Funding
Plan Goals Integrate technology into all subject areas. Access to technological tools for teachers, students and administration. Use technology to enhance student learning. Provide resources and access to all school stakeholders.
Plan Goals Provide technology training for staff and students. Provide support and encouragement for technology use. Provide an efficient and maintained technology infrastructure. Provide appropriate funding.
Professional Development Train teachers to effectively integrate technology. Courses, in-services and support is provided. Provide access to books and materials to aid in the effective use of technology. Teachers receive in-class mentoring at K-5 level. Technology specialist at each school for support.
Evaluation Plan Technology Department reviews progress of the plan. Successful outcomes are noted. Improvement strategies are created and implemented. Students are tested for technology proficiency in 8th grade. Staff completes the LoTi survey to evaluate proficiency.
Wayne Technology Funding 1.9 million or 90% from school budget. $220,000 in E-Rate grants. 39% E-Rate discount rate. Technology Budget Allocations $220,000 $5,000 $50,000 Staff Training$258,500 IT Salaries $817,500 IT Services $460,400 IT Training Tech Supplies $5,000 $390,700
Conclusion E-Rate provides funding to promote connectivity through technology. The Wayne technology plan provides resources to promote effective technology use. The plan has been implemented to help provide students individual opportunities for success in school and in society.
ReferencesDwyer, James et al. (2010). Wayne Public Schools Three-year Technology Plan 2010-2013. Retrieved from http://www.wayneschools.com/district/document_repository/Technology_Plan_2010- 2013.pdf.Federal Communications Commission. (2004). E-Rate. Retrieved from http://transition.fcc.gov/learnnet/.Universal Service Administrative Company. (2010). Overview of the Schools and Libraries Program. Retrieved from http://www.usac.org/sl/.