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  • 1. Universal Service Program for Schools & Libraries
    By: Nicholas Phillips
    EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership
    March 2011
  • 2. Agenda
    Introductions
    What is E-Rate?
    How does it work and who pays for it?
    Technology components
    Summary
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Who pays for E-Rate?
    • 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
  • 6. 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.
  • 7. 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