Policy and Advocacy Webinars

AASA is proud to offer a series of webinars. Each interactive, Internet-based educational program in this series is presented by leading experts in the field of public education. The following webinars come from the policy and advocacy team.

 Webinar: E-rate 2.0: Understanding the New Category 2 Services  

Date: October 29, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. EDT

The renewed focus of the E-rate program on broadband within buildings (in addition to connectivity to buildings) presents a new opportunity for schools to modernize aging network infrastructure. In addition to discussing the new Category 2 eligible services, this webinar presented an overview of the new “managed internal broadband services” and explained how districts can benefit from aggregating purchases of these services.

Presenters: 
Aleck Johnson, Vice President, EdTech Strategies, LLC
Tim Laubach, Program Director, Lancaster-Lebanon IU 13

This webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.
Blackboard is a global leader in education technology that transforms the experience of millions of students and teachers every day. Blackboard works with states, K-12 districts, and virtual schools to expand educational opportunities, create collaborative learning communities, and increase engagement for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. With Blackboard’s website, online learning, mobile, and mass communication solutions, educators are closing the gap between the way students live and the way they learn through personalized, connected learning experiences that meet the needs of the K-12 classroom and the 21st century.

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Webinar: E-rate 2.0: Understanding the New Category 1 Services  
Date: October 22, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. EDT

The changes in eligible services in the E-rate program will have significant budget implications for most school districts participating in the E-rate program. This webinar provided an in-depth review of the eligible services in the new “Category 1,” with an emphasis on helping districts understand the immediate and long term budget implications of the changes in eligible services. In addition, Blackboard discussed its new service offerings for schools.

Presenter: Aleck Johnson, Vice President, EdTech Strategies, LLC

This webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.
Blackboard is a global leader in education technology that transforms the experience of millions of students and teachers every day. Blackboard works with states, K-12 districts, and virtual schools to expand educational opportunities, create collaborative learning communities, and increase engagement for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. With Blackboard’s website, online learning, mobile, and mass communication solutions, educators are closing the gap between the way students live and the way they learn through personalized, connected learning experiences that meet the needs of the K-12 classroom and the 21st century.

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AASA Webinar on Significant Title VI Guidance from U.S. Department of Education
Date: 
October 21, 2014
Time: 3-4 p.m. EDT
AASA Members: $0.00 | Non-Members: $75.00

On October 1st the U.S. Department of Education issued new guidance on Title VI of the Civil Rights Act explaining how OCR will investigate districts for noncompliance to determine whether they are providing equal access to educational resources for all students. Under Title VI, school districts must not intentionally treat students differently based on race, color, or national origin in providing educational resources. The new guidance issued by ED details how the Department will be comparing resources allocated across schools and school districts to measure the relative allocation of “equal educational opportunities for students.” Among the factors they will consider are equal access to: courses, academic programs, and extracurricular opportunities; effective teachers and leaders and other school personnel; school facilities and instructional technology and materials. The new guidance is complex and may require districts to reconsider their current allocation of resources across the district.

AASA hosted a free webinar on the new guidance for all AASA members and urged our district leaders to take advantage of the unique opportunity to learn more about the guidance and right away. The webinar featured Maree Sneed and Michelle Tellock at Hogan Lovells, LLP who discussed the guidance in great detail. For decades, Maree Sneed has provided extensive counsel to AASA and its members advising them on a wide range of state and federal legal issues, including those involving the U.S. Constitution, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Title IV and VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She is a partner at Hogan Lovells, LLP.

   

Webinar: E-rate 2.0: What Superintendents Need to Know 
Date: 
October 15, 2014
Time: 2-3 p.m. EDT

This summer, the FCC released an order marking the most significant changes in the E-rate program’s history. This webinar provided an overview of E-rate 2.0, ranging from eligible services to discount calculations and the application process, based on the latest available information.

Presenter: Aleck Johnson, Vice President, EdTech Strategies, LLC

This webinar is sponsored by Blackboard.
Blackboard is a global leader in education technology that transforms the experience of millions of students and teachers every day. Blackboard works with states, K-12 districts, and virtual schools to expand educational opportunities, create collaborative learning communities, and increase engagement for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. With Blackboard’s website, online learning, mobile, and mass communication solutions, educators are closing the gap between the way students live and the way they learn through personalized, connected learning experiences that meet the needs of the K-12 classroom and the 21st century.

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