Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund


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My presentation to introduce the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as "E-Rate," and share your campus or district technology plan with the faculty.

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Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund

  1. 1. Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund  & Poway High School Technology Use Plan By: Jody Pichoff
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><ul><li>Introduce E-rate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Four Primary Support Programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools and Libraries Application Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USAC required elements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduce Poway's Technology Use Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore how E-rate can help Poway's high school </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. E-rate Overview <ul><ul><li>Is administered by USAC (Universal Service Administrative Company) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides assistance to U.S. Schools and Libraries in obtaining affordable internet access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The fund is maintained through contributions made by telecommunications providers across the country and is disbursed based on four primary support programs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The Four Primary Support Programs <ul><li>The four programs are  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>High Cost  - Ensures consumers in all regions have comparable telecommunication rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Income  -Telephone discounts to over seven million low-income consumers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rural Health Care  -Provide reduced rates to rural health care providers for telecommunications and Internet services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools and Libraries  -provides affordable telecommunications and Internet services to connect schools and libraries to the Internet </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Schools and Libraries Application Process Schools and Library Applicants Step 1 Determine Eligibility Step 2 Develop a Technology Plan Step 3 Open a Competitive Bidding Process Step 4 Select a Service Provider Step 5 Calculate the Discount Level Step 6 Determine Your Eligible Services Step 7 Submit Your Application for Program Support Step 8 Undergo Application Review Step 9 Receive Your Funding Decision Step 10 Begin Receipt of Services Step 11 Invoice USAC 
  6. 6. Technology Plan: Ready to Go <ul><li>Our Technology Plan cover's the USAC required elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Goals and realistic strategy for using telecommunications and information technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A professional development strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An assessment of telecommunication services, hardware, software, and other services needed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing evaluation process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget resources  </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Brief Overview of Our School's Technology Plan <ul><li>Goals and Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Technology will support curriculum by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing increased opportunities for individuals to master basic and advanced technical, academic, and job-related skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving the quality, flexibility and delivery of instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motivating individuals to participate in their own academic growth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhancing the presentation of curriculum to the entire learning community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing innovative methods to utilize higher thinking and problem solving skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fostering innovative critical thinking through the acquisition of research and development skills </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Potential USAC Discount Matrix INCOME   Measured by % of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program URBAN LOCATION Discount  RURAL LOCATION Discount  If the % of students in your school that qualifies for the National School Lunch Program is... ...and you are in an URBAN area, your discount will be... ...and you are in a RURAL area, your discount will be... Less than 1% 20% 40% 1% to 19% 40% 50% 20% to 34% 50% 60% 35% to 49% 60% 70% 50% to 74% 80% 80% 75% to 100% 90% 90%
  9. 9. USAC &quot;E-rate&quot; Summary  <ul><ul><li>This program is intended to help our school's have fair and equal access just as other urban areas with larger tax bases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USAC will pay a prorate portion of our Internet and telecommunications costs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ultimate benefit will be the educational access for our students and teachers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We have the plan and the infrastructure in place, now let's go seek the funding.  </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Resources used in Presentation <ul><li>USAC Universal Service Administrative Company </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Poway Unified School District Website </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Poway Unified School District Library Website </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>