June 21-22: Digital Equity, ESSER, Student Engagement in a Remote Learning Environment

We’re facilitating these virtual sessions at the National Charter Schools Conference June 21st and 22nd. Two 20-min solutions sessions and one 45-min conversation across multiple schools.

Digital Equity: Facing Post-Covid Challenges & Seizing Opportunities

June 21, 11am ET: This is an open discussion, hosted and facilitated by CTS, between leaders and staff across multiple schools. Are students more or less likely to have similar access to technical infrastructure, broadband, suitable learning devices based on school location, demographics, etc? What have school leaders seen?

  • Is there a greater need now to focus on professional learning and support for teachers, students and families?
  • How effective has the Erate program been in overcoming barriers to access for schools (access to technology and connectivity)? What’s working or not?
  • How are schools staying current on changes to federal funding opportunities for technology?
  • How well are schools supporting families with technical challenges, and what is learned from that process?

Getting and Keeping Your ESSER Funding Grant

June 21, 2:30pm ET: ESSER is grant funding in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on student learners. It’s designed to inject resources that address a range of issues from repairing and improving facilities to addressing needs of low-income learners or those with disabilities, to purchasing educational technology and providing supports and services.

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund provides pivotal, free money for your school for technology products and services, software and PD, and remote learning as well as school programs and other supplies. To get that money, your school must adhere to certain application criteria. To keep that money, you need to spend it properly. This talk, by experts in the technology uses of ESSER, simplifies your action items to seize full advantage of Esser for your school or educational institution.

  • Ensure you get the grant (success)
  • Spend without giving back the money (requirements)
  • Spend it all (creative ways to use the funds)

Unparalleled Student Engagement in a Remote Learning Environment

June 22, 3pm ET: Leverage technology to ensure engagement in remote learning. Think end-to-end and create an ecosystem from remote learning tools. Simplifying school or institutional technology means approaching it as an ecosystem.

Integrating all the moving parts achieves that purpose, whether Google Classroom, the Student Information System, a Single Sign-On (SSO) tool, or classroom management tools like GoGuardian or Hapara. We’ll simplify this approach and show participants how to make it effective so that learning drives and technology serves your organizational objectives.

  • Achieving Single Sign-On (to all tools)
  • Optimizing Google Classroom Structure
  • Effective Classroom Mgmt Tools
  • Integrating the Student Information System

CTS is an official sponsor of the National Charter Schools Conference.

The theme of this conference is ENGAGE. EDUCATE. INNOVATE. CTS will be hosting a Conversation (open discussion) on Digital Equity: Facing Post-Covid Challenges & Seizing Opportunities, a Solutions Session on Unparalleled Student Engagement in a Remote Learning Environment, and a Solutions Session on Getting and Keeping Your ESSER Funding Grant. In addition, you’ll see keynote speakers from across the industry.

JOIN US! Naturally, we’re hoping we’ll see you at this year’s NCSC and you’ll shout out if you join us! For more about our involvement, including details on the above topics, visit this announcement. For virtual tickets, visit the NCSC Ticket Booth. For more information about the Conference in general, visit the NCSC page. For info on the organization behind it (the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools) visit the NAPCS Page.

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