Education Dive | June 29, 2020
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced a plan to expand high-speed internet access to 100,000 students in low-income households at a cost of $50 million over four years, paid for in part with federal coronavirus response funds and donations, Chalkbeat reports.The city is working in collaboration on the effort with service providers Comcast and RCN, along with advocacy groups like Kids First Chicago. The first two years of the program will be funded by $5 million in federal coronavirus funds and philanthropic donations that include $750,000 from President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and the cost of the third and fourth years will be covered by Chicago Public Schools.This spring, the district distributed 100,000 computers in addition to providing mobile hotspots to homeless students, though efforts mostly focused around directing families to a 60-day free internet offer from Comcast. Many students still fell through the cracks, with an April study from Kids First and the Metropolitan Planning Council finding one in five students lacked home internet, especially in Black and Hispanic communities.
DeVos | May 12, 2020
Virtual learning and course access programs that have become necessary due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This microgrant program could be incredibly helpful to parents and families who may not have access to the necessary technology in their home for their kids to access classes online .
This new competition to apply for these “Rethink Education” grants is open explicitly to state education programs.
U.S Department of Education Betsy DeVos announced recently that $180 million in grant funds would soon be released to assist with virtual learning and course access programs that have become necessary due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). These funds will also go towards microgrants to help families access the necessary technology that their children learn during the pandemic forced shutdown. This microgrant program could be incredibly helpful to parents and families who may not have access to the necessary technology in their home for their kids to access classes online.
These funds have been authorized as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The bill, meant to provide aid to small business and individuals, and stimulate the economy during a pandemic that has led to a significant economic shutdown. The terms of the CARES act allow DeVos to set aside 1% of 81 billion allocated for education aid and offer grants that have been hardest hit by COVID-19. This new competition to apply for these “Rethink Education” grants is open explicitly to state education programs.
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“The current disruption to the normal model is reaffirming something have said for years: We must rethink education to better match the realities of the 21st century,”.
~ DeVos say
Secretary DeVoss presented the microgrants program itself at a White House Press Conference that took place last month, where the secretary proposed the idea of offering “microgrants” to students who were stranded without access to technology because their schools had shut down. According to the Department of Education, The students who will be eligible for these grants will have to have attended a school that has shut down for the last 30 days and must either have an individualized education program or be receiving SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) benefits.
“ The terms of the CARES act allow DeVos to set aside 1% of 81 billion allocated for education aid and offer grants that have been hardest hit by COVID-19”.
The exact details of parameters for the K-12 Rethink Education grants are not yet known, and applications don’t open for two weeks. Still, more than 80% (maybe even higher) students will not return to in-person classes at their school due to the pandemic shutdowns. It will be quite interesting to see which states apply for this program, and what the results will be in setting up proper virtual learning infrastructure. Some of the states that have been the hardest hit include New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Michigan. The process for applying for this grant will consist of peer reviewers who will review applications, with the highest scoring applications, will receive the grant funding.
Grants for Children: GrantWatch brings you many funding opportunities for services for children; grants for education, health, arts, community, disabilities; youth and more. Grants of up to $40,000 to South Carolina school districts and grants of up to $18,000 to individual schools for activities that promote student engagement and achievement in the arts. Funding is intended for programs with a long-term strategic plan that includes all art forms, including dance, visual arts, music. Grants to California nonprofit organizations and public agencies in eligible counties to promote and protect the security, safety, and rights of local immigrant communities
WILL AI REPLACE OUR KIDS' TEACHERS OR WAY OF LEARNING?
edsurge | May 29, 2020
On an ordinary June morning, kids descend on the campus of Auburn University to try science experiments at the college of education’s annual STEM camp. It’s an opportunity for the future teachers who are enrolled at the college to apply what they learn in class in a practical setting, testing out lesson plans with real elementary students. This year, camp is canceled due to COVID-19. But education students still need to work on lesson plans, and kids still need summer activities. So the college is asking its future teachers to make online activity guides and videos for Home Works, a new distance learning program designed to help kids connect the curricula they usually learn in person at school or camp with what’s going on in their real lives—which right now mostly means being stuck at home.