COVID-19 Stimulus Guidance: using US federal stimulus funding for your EdTech investments

With three federal stimulus plans passed into law, there is a lot of funding available for schools and district across the United States. Navigating the available funding options and what they can be used for can be challenging. To help, we will connect you with federal funding experts and share resources to navigate the funds available to you.

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What do school and district leaders need to know about the US federal funding options available for critical EdTech investment decisions? We've created this EdTech Investment Knowledge Guide highlighting the most relevant information to help guide your investment decisions and navigate the available ESSER funds. 


Access the 60 minute webinar from March 18th 2021. 

US federal funding and policy expert David DeSchryver reviewed the available options and answered questions about the CARES Act, HR-133, plus the American Rescue Plan and how the included Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds can be used.


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What can federal funds be spent on?

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER I, II & III) play a major role in the US stimulus funds that are available to states and LEAs. These funds can be used for key elements of education offerings, including education technology. 

Two major categories where these funds can be allocated are:


Blended, Virtual & Hybrid Learning

Purchasing educational technology (including hardware, software, and connectivity) that aids in regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors.

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Addressing Learning Loss

Addressing learning loss among students including low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care.

Looking for more info? Check out the SMART blog for details and stories of how schools are investing the available funds.  

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How might you prioritize your EdTech investments for impact and outcomes? Get support for your planning with the help of the EdTech Assessment Tool. See where you stand, and where you can prioritize focus of your planning, investment, and implementation.