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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        text-indent:-.25in;}
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        mso-level-number-position:right;
        margin-left:3.25in;
        text-indent:-9.0pt;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        text-indent:-.25in;}
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        mso-level-number-position:right;
        margin-left:4.75in;
        text-indent:-9.0pt;}
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        text-indent:-.25in;
        font-family:Symbol;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        font-family:"Courier New";
        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        font-family:"Courier New";
        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        font-family:Symbol;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        font-family:Symbol;}
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        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        font-family:Symbol;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        font-family:Wingdings;}
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        font-family:Symbol;}
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        margin-left:40.65pt;
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
        margin-left:220.65pt;
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        font-family:Wingdings;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
        margin-left:256.65pt;
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        font-family:Symbol;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
        margin-left:328.65pt;
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        font-family:Wingdings;}
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        font-family:Symbol;}
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        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        font-family:Wingdings;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
        text-indent:-.25in;
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        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        font-family:Wingdings;}
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        font-family:Symbol;}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
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        mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}
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        mso-level-number-position:left;
        text-indent:-.25in;
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A">Today on the</span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A"> ETNews Listserv<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#76923C">ITEM:&nbsp; </span>
</b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A">House Passes New Education Law, Senate Action Expected Week of Dec. 7</span></b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
<h2><span style="color:maroon">A. Digital Learning Resources Study by the Institute of Education Sciences (Sec. 9210)<o:p></o:p></span></h2>
<p style="margin-bottom:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:black">The ESSA directs the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to
<u>study the educational impact of students&#8217; out-of-school access to digital learning resources</u>. The IES study, which must result in a report to Congress no later than 18 months after the law&#8217;s enactment, must include the following elements:
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:black">Analyze student digital learning habits and resources, including the types and locations of technologies and devices students use for learning outside the
 classroom; <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p style="mso-margin-top-alt:5.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l12 level1 lfo3">
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:black">Identify the barriers students face in accessing digital learning outside the classroom;
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p style="mso-margin-top-alt:5.0pt;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:0in;margin-left:.5in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;text-align:justify;text-indent:-.25in;mso-list:l12 level1 lfo3">
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:black">Describe the challenges facing students who lack home Internet access (including challenges related to participation and engagement in the classroom and
 homework completion);&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:black">Determine how these barriers impact educators&#8217; instructional practices; and
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:black">Describe how states and school districts address students&#8217; lack of access to digital resources outside the classroom.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Congress approved this study to help policymakers&#8217; better understand the role that home broadband access plays in supporting learning and the obstacles students and
 teachers face when out-of-school broadband access is absent or anemic (the so called &#8220;Homework Gap&#8221;). The study complements the Federal Communications Commission&#8217;s 2014 decision to update and expand the E-rate program to improve school-based broadband connectivity
 and the agency&#8217;s ongoing rulemaking to enable eligible households to use Lifeline Program subsidies to secure home broadband access.
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<h2><span style="color:maroon">B. Technology and Student Data Privacy Professional Development (Sec. 2001 et. seq.)
<o:p></o:p></span></h2>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The ESSA authorizes $2.29 billion for improving the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders; increasing the number of teachers, principals,
 and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and providing low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.&nbsp; States and districts may use this program
 for a variety of professional development and other activities consistent with these three areas,
<u>including providing technology and student data privacy focused professional development</u>. For example, among an array of other uses, ESSA specifies that:&nbsp;
</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">States may&#8230;
<o:p></o:p></span></i></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Support training teachers, principals, and other school leaders to effectively integrate technology into curricula and instruction, which may include training to assist teachers in implementing
 blended learning projects; and&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Support efforts to train teachers on the appropriate use of student data to ensure individual student privacy is protected.
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Districts may&#8230;
<o:p></o:p></span></i></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333;background:white">Support efforts to train teachers on the appropriate use of student data to ensure individual student privacy is protected under the Family Educational
 Rights and Privacy Act and in accordance with state student privacy laws and LEA student privacy and technology use policies.</span><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#333333"><br>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Provide high-quality evidence-based (to the extent the state, in consultation with local educational agencies in the state, determines that such evidence is reasonably available), personalized
 professional development for teachers, instructional leadership teams, principals, and other school leaders, focused on improving teaching and student learning and achievement, including supporting efforts to train teachers, principals, and other school leaders
 to-- <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Effectively integrate technology into curricula and instruction (including education about the harms of copyright piracy);<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<![if !supportLists]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><span style="mso-list:Ignore">(ii)<span style="font:7.0pt &quot;Times New Roman&quot;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Use data to improve student achievement and understanding how to protect individual student privacy in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and state and local
 policies and laws in the use of such data;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="Default"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Consistent with current law, most ESSA Title II funding is directed to school districts. Ninety five percent of program funds are reserved for district level activities, while one percent is allocated
 for state administration and four percent for state level activities. Notably, the new law also includes an additional, optional, three percent State set aside for State activities directed at principals and other school leaders.
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<h2><span style="color:maroon">C. Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (Sec. 4101 et. seq.)
<o:p></o:p></span></h2>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The ESSA authorizes additional support &#8211; beyond Title II - for education technology focused professional development and infrastructure acquisition. Unlike current law
 (the Enhancing Education through Technology program) and the Senate ESEA bill (I-TECH), the ESSA does not authorize a&nbsp;&nbsp; freestanding education technology program. Instead, the new law creates a new block grant, distributed by formula through states to districts,
 called the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG) program, which focuses on three core areas:
</span><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Providing all students with access to a well-rounded education (Sec. 4107);
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Improving school conditions for learning (Sec. 4108); and
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</span></span></span><![endif]><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Improving the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement, academic growth, and digital literacy of all students &nbsp;(Sec. 4109)</span></u><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">.&nbsp;
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Although the application, assurances, and funding levels described below apply to the entire block grant, the following section of the memorandum focuses on the new
 grant&#8217;s education technology component. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">What types of education technology activities does the SSAEG program support?<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">School districts, or voluntary district consortia, may use the funds to:
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Provide educators, school leaders, and administrators with the professional learning tools, devices, content, and resources to:
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Personalize learning to improve academic achievement<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Discover, adapt, and share relevant high-quality educational resources<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Use technology effectively in the classroom, including by administering computer based assessments and blended learning strategies<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Implement and support school and district-wide approaches for using technology to inform instruction, support teacher collaboration, and personalize learning<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Purchasing devices, equipment, and software applications in order to address readiness shortfalls<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Developing or utilizing effective or innovative strategies for the delivery of specialized or rigorous academic courses and curricula through the use of technology, including digital
 learning technologies and assistive technology <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Carrying out blended learning projects (see definition below), which shall include:
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Planning activities, which may include development of new instructional models (including blended learning technology software and platforms), the purchase of digital instructional resources,
 initial PD activities, and one time information technology purchases, except that such expenditures may not include significant construction or renovation of facilities.
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Ongoing PD for teachers, principals, other school leaders, or other personnel involved in the project that is designed to support the implementation and academic success of the project<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Providing professional development in the use of technology to enable teaches and instructional leaders to increase student achievement in the areas of STEM (including computer science)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Providing students in rural, remote, and underserved areas with the resources to take advantage of high quality digital learning experiences, digital resources, and access to online
 courses taught by effective educators. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.25in;text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">NO MORE THAN 15% OF FUNDS MAY BE USED FOR PURCHASING TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE.&nbsp;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">How does SSAEG program define &#8220;blended learning&#8221; and &#8220;digital learning?&#8221;&nbsp;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Blended Learning &#8211;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&#8220;The term 'blended learning' means a formal education program that leverages both technology-based and face-to-face instructional approaches-
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(A) that include an element of online or digital learning, combined with supervised learning time, and student-led learning, in which the elements are connected to
 provide an integrated learning experience; and <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(B) where students are provided some control over time, path, or pace.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Digital Learning Definition -<o:p></o:p></span></i></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The term 'digital learning' means any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience and encompasses a wide spectrum
 of tools and practices, including- <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(A) interactive learning resources, digital learning content (which may include openly licensed content), software, or simulations, that engage students in academic
 content; <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(B) access to online databases and other primary source documents;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(C) the use of data and information to personalize learning and provide targeted supplementary instruction;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(D) online and computer-based assessments;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(E) learning environments that allow for rich collaboration and communication, which may include student collaboration with content experts and peers;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(F) hybrid or blended learning, which occurs under direct instructor supervision at a school or other location away from home and, at least in part, through online
 delivery of instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace; and
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&quot;(G) access to online course opportunities for students in rural or remote areas.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">How much funding does the ESSA authorize for the SSAEG program?
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The ESSA authorizes $1.65 billion for the SSAEG program in fiscal year 2017 and $1.6 billion for fiscal years 2018 to 2020. Please note that while this authorization
 level is significant, <u>Congress must also annually appropriate funding for the program and may opt to provide a lower or higher funding level</u>. We expect, however, that the program will benefit from strong bipartisan support during the annual appropriations
 process. Republicans, including House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Kline, championed creation of the SSAEG block grant as a more flexible funding model for states and districts, and the program supports work aligned with key Democratic priorities.
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">State funding allocations for SSAEG are determined based on the ESSA&#8217;s Title I formulas. Once allocated to the state, most (ninety five percent) program funding will
 flow to school districts, while states may reserve one percent of the state&#8217;s aggregate formula allocation for administration and four percent for state activities. This state-district funding model is consistent with other programs authorized by the ESSA.&nbsp;
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Districts MUST, under the new statute, use at least twenty percent of their SSAEG funds for well- rounded educational opportunities; and at least twenty percent of funding
 for safe and healthy students programs. <u>The remaining sixty percent may be used for activities to support the effective use of technology and at least a &#8220;portion&#8221; must be used for at least one activity supporting the effective use of technology.</u>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">What issues and assurances must states address in the SSAEG plan?
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">State plans must describe how the state education agency will use SSAEG program funds for state-level activities and ensure district awards are used consistent with
 program requirements. State must also provide assurances that they will: (1) review existing resources and programs coordinate them with initiatives supported by this program; (2) monitor program implementation and provide technical assistance to districts;
 (3) provide for equitable access to the activities supported by the program. <o:p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">What requirements must state follow when they use SSAEG funding?
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">States must use their SSAEG set-aside funds (four percent of the total provided to the state) for school district monitoring, training, technical assistance and capacity
 building. States must also use program funds for public reporting about how the funds are being used by school districts, including noting progress toward meeting program objectives and outcomes.&nbsp;
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<u>may</u> use SSAEG funds for identifying and eliminating State barriers to the coordination and integration of programs, initiatives, and funding streams so that districts can better coordinate with other agencies, schools, and community based services. States
<u>may</u> also use their funding to support districts in delivering programs and activities using these funds. This support includes:
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Identify and address technology readiness needs, including devices, access to libraries, Internet connectivity, operating systems, and related network security and infrastructure and
 data security<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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 capacity for principals and other school leaders to support teachers in using data and technology to improve instruction and personalize
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 opportunities, CTE, and programs leading to a credential. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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 including effective integration of technology to improve instruction and student achievement
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">What issues must school districts address in their SSAEG program applications to states?<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Districts must consult with stakeholders (e.g., parents, teachers, principals, school leaders, CBOs) in developing their SSAEG applications. They must also conduct a
 needs assessment, including examining access to personalized learning experiences supported by technology and professional development for the effective use of data and technology. School districts may apply to their states for SSAEG funding, through a common
 application submitted as part of a consortia with other surrounding districts.&nbsp; <o:p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">District applications must describe partnerships &#8211; if any - with institutions of higher education, business, non profit organization, community based organizations,
 or other private/public entities; how funds will be used for activities supported by program funds, including activities related to supporting the effective use of technology and the program objectives and intended outcomes.
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Districts must provide assurances that they will prioritize SSAEG funding for schools with greatest need, schools with the highest percentages or numbers of Title I
 students, schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement under 1111, and schools identified as persistently dangerous.
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<h2><span style="color:maroon">Conclusion<o:p></o:p></span></h2>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">The ESSA represents an important federal commitment to supporting state and district education technology initiatives. In recent years, the Administration and Congress
 failed to support investments in the legacy Enhancing Education through Technology program authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act, but Congress&#8217;s decision to prioritize technology in the ESSA will provide a new impetus and stronger foundation for securing
 funding for the SSAEG program, beginning in fiscal year 2017.&nbsp; The U.S. Department of Education will be responsible for implementing the SSAEG program and technology stakeholders should be prepared in 2016 to inform the Department&#8217;s approach to the program.
 State and district leaders should also begin early planning consistent with the program parameters described in the statute, so that they are prepared to fully realize the program&#8217;s benefits and ability to support state and local education technology initiatives.
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