Guidance for Using ESSER Funds

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Navigate ESSER Funds with Your Knowledge Guide 

With three ESSER funds and other options now available to US state and local education agencies, the opportunity to make sustainable investments that support your learning community is significant.  And, there's a lot to navigate.

We've created this Knowledge Guide to support you - it outlines the different buckets of funding available, what the allowable uses are, what the timelines are for spending, and shows some of the options that you have for spending - including options for edtech products that can help to address learning loss and support substantive, ongoing interaction - two key funding use cases. 


Access the 60-minute webinar recording: US federal funding and policy expert David DeSchryver reviewed the available options and answered questions about the various funds. 


US Federal Funding Highlights:

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.