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4 ways to leverage federal funds for ed-tech

4 ways to leverage federal funds for ed-tech

Professional development

School districts can use Title II-A funds to hire coaches or help personalize professional development for educators. Coaches could help teachers master various ed-tech tools, such as devices, platforms, or digital materials.

Title II-A funds also might be used to develop performance systems that reward and acknowledge professional development accomplishments through a competency-based format instead of a time- or input-based format.

Student access to ed-tech resources and support

Ed-tech resources purchased through Title III-A, such as digital learning materials, could be used to improve teaching and learning for English Language Learners.

States could use IDEA Part B set-aside funds to support the use of technology to help reduce paperwork involved in the Individualized Education Program process for families and teachers.

Educator communication, collaboration

Special education and general education teachers’ ability to effectively integrate ed-tech in order to communicate with parents of students with disabilities could be enhanced through use of IDEA Part D State Professional Development Grants.

Title II-B Math Science Partnership funds could help purchase software and devices to connect educators to real-life STEM professionals in an attempt to create professional learning communities.

Devices

Districts could leverage Title I-A funds to purchase devices, such as laptops or tablets, in addition to curriculum and professional development, as part of a comprehensive district-wide ed-tech plan.

Using IDEA Part B funds set aside for state-level activities, states might opt to support assistive technology devices that connect students with disabilities to more accessible opportunities in the general education curriculum.

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