“E-Rate” Program ◦ What is it? ◦ History ◦ Service Categories ◦ Eligibility ◦ Discounts ◦ “E-Rate” requires Technology PlanDenton ISD Technology Plan ◦ Goal 1: Teaching & Learning ◦ Goal 2: Educator Preparation & Development ◦ Goal 3: Leadership, Administration, & Instructional Support ◦ Goal 4: Infrastructure for TechnologyConclusionQuestions
Schools and Libraries Universal Service FundProvides discounts to assist schools and libraries acquire telecommunication services
Telecommunications Act of 1996 ◦ Schools & libraries eligible for Universal Service supportMay 7, 1997 ◦ FCC unanimously ruled to implement the Universal Service
4 Categories to receive funding: ◦ Telecommunications Services ◦ Internet Access ◦ Internal Connections Other Than Basic Maintenance ◦ Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections
Must provide elementary or secondary education May be public, private, or public charter school Must operate as a non-profit business Cannot have an endowment exceeding $50 million
Discounts available of 20% – 90% ◦ Based on the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch based on the NSLP
“E-Rate” Discounts 100% 90% 80%Discount Received 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% URBAN 20% RURAL 10% 0% Percentage of Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch
5 Elements Must be Included: ◦ Clear goals & realistic strategy for telecommunication use ◦ Professional development strategy ◦ Assessment of telecommunication services ◦ Budget resources ◦ Ongoing evaluation process
4 Goals: ◦ Teaching & Learning ◦ Educator Preparation & Development ◦ Leadership, Administration & Instructional Support ◦ Infrastructure for Technology The Denton ISD Technology Plan (PDF Format)
Administration, teachers, and students will ◦ Integrate technology into the curriculum ◦ Improve instructional accountability ◦ Be provided the resources necessary to meet the needs of a fast-growing district
Strategies ◦ Increase technology staff at campus level ◦ Teachers implement technology through online curriculum ◦ Develop and implement a Curriculum Technology Integration Team to align the Technology TEKS with curriculum
Teachers and staff will attain and possess the necessary skills, through professional development ◦ To integrate technology ◦ To help motivate students ◦ To prepare them to enter a competitive society.
Strategies ◦ Integrate technology into teacher staff development ◦ Identify technology leaders on campus to mentor ◦ Offer opportunities for professionals to network with peers and colleagues
Denton ISD will provide appropriate access to information and resources for parents and other stakeholders to promote an environment of open communication.
Strategies ◦ Provide parents & community information via Internet ◦ Increase cooperation between city, university, and Denton ISD school libraries
The district will provide adequate technology infrastructure to meet the needs of our students, teachers, and administration.
Strategies ◦ Provide sufficient equipment for growing population ◦ Standardize curriculum and PC software ◦ Increase storage capacity for students and staff requiring more media access ◦ Provide connectivity for intra- and inter-campus communications ◦ Develop district-wide disaster recovery system
Denton ISD must have a Technology plan in place to take advantage of the “E-Rate” program ◦ For more information about “E-Rate” click the following link: Universal Service FundDenton ISD’s Technology Plan calls for 21st Century learning environment ◦ Transforming teaching & learning methods ◦ Integrating more collaboration & communication via technology ◦ Stronger infrastructure to provide resources & connectivity