Cypress-FairbanksISD E-Rate Plan for 2011-2014 By: Letitia Antoine
E-Rate? The E-rate program was set up in 1997 when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Universal Service Order implementing the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Order was designed to ensure that all eligible schools and libraries have affordable access to modern telecommunications and information services.E-Rate Program - Discounted Telecommunications Services -- Office of Non-Public Education
Needs• Need 1 – increase the frequency and level of utilization of technology in the teaching and learning process• Need 2 – maintain and increase professional development• Need 3 – to provide administrative leadership and support for teachers in the use of technology• Need 4 - continue to update and enhance its technology infrastructure
Goals• Goal 1 - allow collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and innovation to solve real-world problems• Goal 2 - Provide opportunities to staff to learn integrate technology as a tool utilizing collaborative, interactive and customized learning environments• Goal 3 – increase the level of administrative support• Goal 4 - provide an infrastructure system that allows all users 24/7 access to all e-learning opportunities and provide technical assistance to support instructional and administrative needs
Amount of Discounts Depending on economic need and location, E-rate provides discounts of 20 % to 90% for telecommunications services.
Professional Development• District Director of Instructional Technology• District Technology Training Specialist• Ten (10) district-wide Instructional Technology Specialists• Technology Liaisons at every campus (stipends provided)• District-wide in-service training in technology, many conducted online• Training of technical staff as appropriate