Thinking About Writing A Technology Grant?

Please contact Dell Griffin Quary, Grants and E-rate Developer at (863) 647-4244, extension 513 for all questions related to technology funding and grant opportunities.

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Guidelines for eGrants?

It is the objective of the School Board to provide equal educational opportunities for all students within the District. Government agencies, as well as foundations, businesses, and individuals, periodically offer to the School District both human and material resources that would be of benefit to the students in this school system. Therefore, it is the intent of the Board to revise and evaluate grant proposals and applications, for their potential to enhance the educational opportunities, the educational environment, and the physical and mental growth for each student. The Board regards available grant funds provided to the District as a public trust. It forbids the use of public monies for partisan political activities and any use that would not be in accordance with Federal regulations and guidelines. For additional Information review Polk County Public Schools’ Board Policy Numbers: 6605, 6110 & 6112

Technology Grant (eGrant) Management

Technology grant staff is responsible for collaborating with the finance department to ensure that all grant funds are spent, and staff will monitor the timely submission of program reporting to funding agencies.

For your convenience, listed below are important eGrant Links.

Technology Funding & Grant Projects

Technology Funding & Grant Projects

The Schools and Libraries (E-Rate) program is the third largest source of Federal funding for the public school systems in the United States. This program funding consist of a percentage discount that schools receive for the acquisition of telecommunication services, Internet access and internal connections.

Furthermore, these funds are necessary for deploying technology into the classroom. The level of discounts for schools within each district is based upon the level of eligibility in the Federal free and reduced lunch programs.  E-Rate funding is made possible through the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that was signed into law.

Florida Digital Classrooms Allocation

The purpose of the Florida digital classrooms allocation is to provide support for improving the integration of technology in classroom teaching and learning. Although it is no longer necessary to write a digital classroom plan, the funds must be used for costs associated with: acquiring and maintaining the items on the eligible services list authorized by the federal E-rate program;  acquiring computer and device hardware and associated operating system software; and  providing professional development to enhance the use of technology for digital instructional strategies.

The Digital Classroom Plan (DCP)

The District Digital Classroom Plan (DCP) is to provide a perspective on what the district considers vital and critically important in relation to the digital learning implementation, the improvement of student performance outcomes, and how this progress will be measured.  The plan shall meet the unique needs of students, schools and personnel in the district as required by s.1011.62 (12) (b), F.S. The Digital Classroom Plan embraces high-level, digital learning and technology strategies that impact five key areas; i.e., student performance outcomes; digital learning and technology infrastructure; professional development, digital tools, and online assessments.

Digital Classroom Plan benefits that are support by the district established strategic plan goals: Student Achievement A.1 and Support and Resources E.4 are listed below:

  • Student Performance: Districts shall improve classroom teaching and learning to enable all students to be digital learners with access to digital tools and resources for the full integration of the Florida Standards.
  • Technology Infrastructure: Districts shall create a digital learning infrastructure with the appropriate levels of bandwidth, devices, hardware and software.
  • Professional Development:  District shall provide professional development for seamless integration of digital learning by instructional staff to engage students in learning
  • Digital Tools:  Districts shall continue to implement and support a digital tools system that assists district instructional personnel and staff in the management, assessment and monitoring of student learning and performance.
  • Online Assessment Readiness:  Districts shall work to reduce the amount of time used for the administration of computer-based assessments.

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