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