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E-Rate Presentation


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A presentation about the E-Rate program to be presented to faculty and staff of my district.

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E-Rate Presentation

  1. 1. Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is the E-Rate Program? </li></ul><ul><li>The Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Rapides Parish Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluation Strategies and Timeline </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The E-Rate Program - or, more precisely, the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism - provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Four service categories are funded: </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications Service </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Access </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Connections Other Than Basic Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>and Basic Maintenance of Internal Connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Discounts range from 20% to 90% of the costs of eligible services, depending on the level of poverty and the urban/rural status of the population served. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>The E-Rate Program supports connectivity - the conduit or pipeline for communications using telecommunications services and/or the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>The school or library is responsible for providing additional resources. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The first step is to prepare a district or school technology plan, which includes: </li></ul><ul><li>How technology will be used to achieve goals and improvements. </li></ul><ul><li>How funds will be invested for E-Rate services and other resources. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>A technology plan must contain the following components: </li></ul><ul><li>Clear goals and a realistic strategy for usage of technology. </li></ul><ul><li>A professional development strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>An assessment of the equipment and services needed. </li></ul><ul><li>An evaluation process. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Technology plans must be approved by a SLD-certified technology plan approver before service begins. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Action Step 1: Strengthen Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Action Step 2: Improve Teacher Training </li></ul><ul><li>Action Step 3: Support E-Learning and Virtual Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Action Step 4: Encourage Improved Access and Technology Usage </li></ul>OVERARCHING GOAL: All Louisiana educators and learners will benefit from technology-rick environments that support student achievement and produce lifelong learners able to succeed in an information society.
  10. 11. Introduction and Overview <ul><li>The Rapides Parish School District's vision is to: </li></ul><ul><li>Aid its students in becoming skilled, knowledgeable, independent, and self-directed learners who are comfortable with and proficient in using technology in all its forms as an information and learning resource. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate information technologies into the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide access to technology and network resources, that will create a new learning environment. </li></ul>
  11. 12. Evaluation Strategies and Timelines The following charts contain strategies and timelines for evaluating the four action steps.
  12. 13. Action Step 1: Strengthen Leadership Evaluation Strategy Frequency Timeline District Technology Survey Annual May State Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment Annual May School Technology Surveys Annual April thru June System Technology Plan associated with grant and/or E-Rate applications Annual Fall, Spring, Summer Enrollment of district leaders/potential leaders in the state leadership network programs (LELN) Annual Spring School budgets that include technology line items Annual Spring Number of parents utilizing web-based portal for communicating student information Annual Spring Classroom walk-through recorded and analyzed using technology tools Annual Year-long District- and school-level monitoring of School Improvement Plans as it relates to educational technology Annual Spring
  13. 14. Action Step 2: Improve Teacher Training Evaluation Strategy Frequency Timeline School and district state technology surveys Annual Spring State approved technology proficiency instrument Annual Spring Reports to Rapides Parish School Board Ongoing At Selected, Regularly Scheduled Meeting Teacher Professional Development Portfolios Ongoing Ongoing Classroom Observations/Walkthroughs Designated by System As Conducted Teacher presentations at conferences and district/local trainings Ongoing Ongoing Local reports on instructional progress Ongoing As Conducted District and school level monitoring of professional development plans as it relates to educational technology leadership Annual Spring Records of workshop participation such as sign-in sheets Ongoing Ongoing
  14. 15. Action Step 3: Support E-Learning and Virtual Schools Evaluation Strategy Frequency Timeline LVS enrollment numbers Annual Fall and Spring Students completing TOPS courses through LVS Annual Fall and Spring Students enrolling in summer LVS courses Annual Summer Number of schools facilitating an e-learning environment for faculty Annual Spring Number of local classroom-level e-learning components Annual Spring
  15. 16. Action Step 4: Encourage Improved Access and Technology Usage Evaluation Strategy Frequency Timeline Report tracking bandwidth utilization of schools Ongoing Ongoing School and District technology survey report data Annual Spring System/School technology plan updates Annual Spring Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment Annual Spring Appropriate System reports (consolidated monitoring reports) As Available As Available Classroom observations/walkthroughs and evaluations by administrators As Designated By System As Conducted
  16. 17. <ul><li>What is the E-Rate Program? </li></ul><ul><li>Provides discounts on internet access to schools and districts. </li></ul><ul><li>The Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Must be provided by each school/district to qualify for E-Rate. </li></ul><ul><li>Rapides Parish Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Action Step 1: Strengthen Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Action Step 2: Improve Teacher Training </li></ul><ul><li>Action Step 3: Support E-Learning and Virtual Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Action Step 4: Encourage Improved Access and Technology Usage </li></ul>
  17. 18. Universal Service Administrative Company. (n.d.) E-Rate Discounts for Schools and Libraries. Retrieved from Rapides Parish School District. (2007) Rapides Parish School Board Technology Plan 2007-2014. Retrieved from