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 Number 6110 - GRANT FUNDS
Technology grant office staff isresponsible for collaborating with the finance department to ensure that all grant funds are spent and will monitor the timely submission of program reporting to funding agencies.
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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.
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:
The overall purpose of the Earmark funded program, Polk County Assistive Technology Outreach Program, is to increase access to learning and academic achievement for many of our exceptional student education (ESE) students through the use of communication devices and assistive technology. This program is a three prong program to expand the accessibility of assistive technology to the students in our schools. The first phase of the proposal includes the purchase of augmentative communication devices to be included in evaluation kits for several evaluation teams throughout our county, the second prong would create a teacher/parent lab where visual supports can be created to help students with special needs in their classroom setting and at home, and the third prong of the request is to fund the purchase of additional software and assistive technology to support our students who are struggling readers. The program will serve primarily ESE students, pre-school through age twenty-two, from throughout the Polk County school district. A county-wide as well as six school-based assessment teams will receive Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) evaluation kits for use during evaluations with their students. The county wide Local Augmentative and Assistive Technology Team (LAT) evaluates seventy to one hundred new students each year. Additionally, they continue to follow previously identified students to determine if their supports are still appropriate.
The Enhancing Education Through Technology (E2T2) Grant is part of the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001". The purpose of the funding is to: "Improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools, to assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the time the student finished the eighth grade, to encourage the effective integration of technology resources and systems with training and curriculum development to establish research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented as best practices."
As part of the Enhancing Education Through Technology initiative a portion of the E2T2 funding will focus on the State Reading Initiative. The District intends to do this through the use of technology to deliver reading instruction and to enhance FCAT Preparation. The E2T2 grant helps fund the Model Tech Teacher Program and provides Model Technology Team package for approximately seventy-seven model technology classrooms throughout the District.
The technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant was offered to Florida School districts by the Florida Department of Education as a five-year initiative launched by Congress to upgrade and provide equity in school technology. The congressional initiative for this funding was to help ensure that every student in every school will be technological literate by the dawn of the 21st century. The technology Literacy Challenge Fund was administered by the U. S. Education Department under Title III, Part A, Subpart 2 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The state funds were divided into three competitions: TLCF-3 for individual schools or groups of schools to provide 1) teacher training and support they need to help all students learn through computers and through information superhighways, and 2) effective, engaging software and online resources to be an integral part of every school curriculum. This grant helped to fund model technology classrooms throughout the District.