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ABC’s and 123’s of Federal Funding

Funding2Recent transitions towards digital content have put schools and districts in a crunch to find funding to support the change. In addition, complicated funding guidelines can be challenging for schools when deciding how and when they can spend these funds. If you participate in budget planning, consider these federal funding sources that can supplement your program’s budget for content and professional development.

  1. School districts can use Title II-A funds to pay for personalized professional development for educators, which could help teachers master various ed-tech tools, such Gizmos and Reflex. According to a study by digedu, while 93% of teachers think that technology has an impact on student engagement, 46% report that they lack the training to use the technology effectively. Help make the most out of your technology investment and provide teachers with the training they need… and want!
  2. Ed-tech resources purchased through Title III-A can be used to improve teaching and learning for English Language Learners (ELL). Gizmos incorporate research-proven best practices to support ELL instruction, including rich visual support, virtual models, and varied activity levels to scaffold and differentiate learning.
  3. Districts can leverage Title I-A funds to purchase devices, such as laptops or tablets, in addition to digital curriculum and professional development, as part of a comprehensive district-wide ed-tech plan. See results from Title I schools that have invested in Reflex and have seen amazing progress in math. Also, learn how a Title I teacher supports economically disadvantaged students in her school’s computer lab with Gizmos.
  4. Title VI funds contribute to student success in small and rural school districts. Read the Maine Impact Study of Technology in Mathematics to learn how a professional development program that included Gizmos had significant impact on teacher effectiveness and student learning in rural schools in Maine.
  5. Department of Defense Grants focused on STEM are helping programs across the nation enhance student learning. Gizmos has been proven to be an effective approaches for improving STEM teaching and learning. Read how Gizmos can support STEM education or Watch a high school science teacher explain how to use Gizmos to support STEM.
  6. The Individuals with Disabilities Act helps fund educational opportunities for special education students and provides services to meet their unique learning needs. Reflex and Gizmos have been used with success in many schools with students with specific learning disabilities, as well as students with autism and cognitive disabilities. Gizmos help teachers provide a challenging, personalized learning experience for all students including those with disabilities. Reflex is adaptive and individualized and works well for a classroom of students with different needs, skills and goals. Read more about Reflex in Special Education.