This session is part of a series of edWebinars on SETDA’s 2016 report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. States are uniquely positioned to provide both policies and funding to help ensure all students have equitable access to reliable high-speed broadband access. State leaders shared examples of support to ensure the equity of access for all students including statewide partnerships, regional consortia and policy initiatives.
In this edWebinar, school and district leaders shared examples of effective leadership to help ensure the equity of out-of-school access for all students. The session covered closing the homework gap and providing equity of access for all students outside of school.
The E-rate funding process, requirements, and regulations are very complex and ever changing. Each month, John Harrington, the CEO of Funds for Learning, provides a timely update on the latest news, analysis, and professional guidance to help best position your school or library to fully leverage E-rate discounts.
Website accessibility is about giving everyone equal access to your online content, regardless of their physical or cognitive ability. In this webinar, John Foliot and Stefani Cuschnir covered the basics of accessibility, rules, and regulations impacting schools.
Each month, John Harrington, the CEO of Funds for Learning, provides a timely update on the latest news, analysis, and professional guidance to help best position your school or library to fully leverage E-rate discounts. Check out the March 2017 update.
This session is part of a series of webinars on SETDA’s 2016 report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning, which advocates for designing flexible networks for learning. District leaders shared examples of effective planning and network design for current and future broadband implementation including wireless connectivity.
On February 3, 2017, USAC announced the E-rate funding year 2017 application filing window dates, opening on February 27, 2017. New to this year, applicants must provide updates to any and all school and library profile information prior to the opening of the filing window. In this webinar, Funds for Learning CEO John Harrington examined this new process and discussed best practices for avoiding potential roadblocks to successful application windows.
This webinar provides an overview of SETDA’s report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning, which advocates for increasing robust broadband access both in and out of school to best prepare all students for college and careers. The 2016 report expands on earlier recommendations from SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs and SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action’s State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access report.
As E-rate program applicants eagerly await the announcement of the application filing window open and close dates, the 2017-2018 program year is only six months away (beginning July, 2017). Though the application window has yet to be released, other aspects of the program and prior years of funding merit applicants’ attention. In this webinar, Funds for Learning CEO John Harrington examined the keys to starting the new year right and best practices for navigating the road to success and timely funding commitments.
In 2015, USAC introduced the new EPC online portal system for the E-rate program. New challenges continue to be introduced to all E-rate stakeholders as USAC works to integrate forms, applications, and communications with the new online tools and systems. In this webinar, Funds for Learning CEO John Harrington shared best practices for successfully navigating the EPC portal and avoiding potential roadblocks and delays.
E-rate program rules require that purchases be competitively bid in order to receive program discounts. Although the 2017 funding request filing dates have not been finalized, the competitive bidding season is well underway. Learn how to avoid common competitive bidding mistakes and prepare for a successful 2017 Funding Year.
Just a few weeks remain for E-rate reimbursement requests to be filed for Funding Year 2015 recurring services. In, this webinar, John Harrington examined what it takes to get your school or library’s E-rate funds. He also shared best practices and tips to help ensure that delays are avoided and that the full potential of your E-rate dollars is realized.
In May 2016, Funds For Learning conducted a survey of schools and libraries that receive funding via the federal E-rate discount program. This survey followed the first E-rate application period with the new EPC portal online filing system, and was just the second application period since the FCC reformed the program via the historic E-rate Modernization Order. In this webinar John Harrington, CEO of Funds for Learning, revealed what applicants had to say about the recent program changes and how the changes impacted the 2016 application period.
The second FY2016 E-rate filing window, for consortia and library applicants, is now closed and a new E-rate Funding Year has begun. USAC continues to sort through application reviews for FY2016 and has already begun issuing disbursements and deposits for prior years, under the new applicant reimbursement process. In this webinar, John Harrington,explained best practices and what to expect heading into the E-rate program year.
Just as schools and libraries are transitioning to summer, the E-rate funding process is entering a new phase. USAC continues to integrate new functionality into the EPC portal, including funding application reviews. Staying on top of all these changes is key to receiving a funding decision that is both accurate and timely. Learn how to effectively communicate with USAC using its new processes and procedures.
In this webinar, John Harrington discussed tips that help you complete Form 471 and prepare payment paperwork to get your school or library its E-rate support.
This webinar covered best practices in preparing for and navigating through E-rate application reviews, and provided insight on what to expect in the coming months as USAC continues to implement new systems and processes within the EPC portal.
State leaders from New Jersey and Utah shared their state’s approach to supporting high-speed broadband access for all students, including details about New Jersey’s Digital Readiness for Learning and Assessment Project (DRLAP) Broadband component, a statewide broadband purchasing consortia which has greatly reduced costs and increased broadband access across the state and Utah’s statewide high-speed broadband network.
After the forms have been submitted, the review process often involves further examination and detailed explanation of funding requests. In this webinar, John Harrington and a special guest from EducationSuperHighway discussed the final push to finish the application process, and provided insight into how to position yourself for a successful review of your funding requests.
With the funding opportunities available for 2016, come many new hurdles, resulting from recent changes to the program rules and online application tools. This webinar outlines the steps that schools and libraries should be taking today to prepare for success in the next funding year.
On December 18th, USAC announced the much anticipated projected timeframe, for the 2016 Application Filing Window, opening no earlier than January 20th. The opening of the window will come with continued change, as USAC rolls out a new Form 471 Application, within the program’s EPC online portal. Kick off the year with a look at the steps and best practices to successfully navigate the upcoming FY2016 E-rate application Filing Window.
Successful schools and libraries must adapt their procedures and procurement strategies in order to successfully leverage the new E-rate program. This webinar outlined the steps that schools and libraries should be taking today to prepare for success in the next funding year and reviewed the latest rules and consider the new requirements for using USAC’s EPC system.
Access to technology and to the Internet plays a crucial role in educating students. It is important that schools and libraries understand their technology options and the process to receive financial support for their EdTech initiatives. In this webinar, John Harrington presented specific tips to help applicants navigate through recent changes in the federal E-rate funding program. New forms, deadlines, and other requirements make it absolutely essential that we all stay informed.
In this webinar, attendees took a look at some of the more recent changes and new guidance from USAC and the FCC, as well as the immediate impact and best practices looking forward. Additionally, attendees examined some of the highlights from the first round of USAC’s annual applicant training sessions. This information will better position you to avoid delays or potential mistakes and to fully leverage available program funds, while navigating the current and upcoming funding cycle.