Universal Service Program for Schools & Libraries By: Nicholas Phillips EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership March 2011
Agenda Introductions What is E-Rate? How does it work and who pays for it? Technology components Summary
What is E-Rate? Administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) To assure that all American, regardless of income or geography, can participate in and benefit from new information technologies One of the four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services.
How does E-Rate work? Schools and libraries must meet eligibility requirements Depending on poverty level, schools can get different amounts of discounts. Technology assessment and technology plan Open and fair bidding process
USAC may be invoiced by the service provider of by the applicant. In both cases, reimbursement in made to the service provider.
Technology Components Clear goals and realistic strategy for using technology Professional development strategy Assessment of services needed Ongoing evaluation process Budget resources
Odom Academy Technology Plan Enhance students and staff learning by promoting technology training Staff use the technology embedded lessons Develop a campus leadership team to articulate and support the vision for campus technology improvement Integrate email and teacher websites as communications and collaboration tools.
Summary E-Rate provides discounts to assist schools and libraries to obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access for teachers and students. www.usac.org/sl/about/overview-program.aspx