Sessions for education leaders to help implement the federal E-Rate program
Washington, DC (October 6, 2020) – The federal E-Rate program includes a multilayered application and implementation process. In order to serve education leaders, SETDA is launching an E-Rate Training Series: Ask the State Experts. SETDA, the non-profit membership association that supports U.S. state and territorial leaders in advancing education through effective digital learning policy and practice, has designed the training series to share the expertise of its membership with a broader audience. These trainings are designed to support the applications and implementation of the E-Rate program for school, district, and library leaders, and will further support the processes, rules, and strategies for applicants to be successful in maximizing the available reimbursements for Funding Year 2021.
“The power of SETDA is in its collective action,” stated Interim Executive Director, Christine Fox. “Our E-rate Collaborative members saw a need and rallied to coordinate and help launch this new initiative. We are looking forward to providing these services for E-Rate leaders across the country and believe this will be the first of many topics for SETDA trainings,” Fox continued.
The format of the trainings will be 90-minute online, interactive sessions launching October 22 and running monthly through April, 2021. These trainings will be conducted by leaders from SETDA’s E-Rate Collaborative, a subset of the SETDA membership, who are subject matter experts on the topic of E-Rate and include state E-rate Coordinators and their staff. Registration and additional details are available online via this link. Participants will have access to both the live sessions and the event archives and documentation.
“This year has imposed unprecedented challenges for educators with more hurdles to come to work through new educating models for their students. In an effort to save time and provide convenience for educators, these virtual trainings will provide valuable content while ensuring the safety and health of all,” Todd Lawrence, E-Rate Coordinator, Idaho Department of Education.
“These trainings are being developed to complement state specific trainings so that leaders from across the country can learn from one another but also follow-up with their states’ E-Rate Coordinator to ensure state laws policies and practices are implemented correctly,” stated Mindy Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois.
Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit: setda.org.