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ISTE ESSA Title IV-A Implementation Guide

ISTE’s Using ESSA to Fund Edtech: Getting the Most Out of Title IV-A guide makes specific recommendations for incorporating technology into all three major funding categories of ESSA Title IV-A (i.e. well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools, effective use of technology). The guide pulls evidence from current research and examplar cases around the country to show how innovative digital tools and edtech-related professional learning opportunities can reinforce many of the uses permitted under ESSA. It also provides clear next steps for state edtech directors and district technology coordinators to help them place edtech at the forefront of funding decisions. Sections of the guide focus specifically on top spending priorities identified by the AASA survey conducted earlier this year. 

For a specific example, according to the survey, social and emotional learning programs are currently a big priority among educators and is something that ESSA allows Title IV-A funds to be used for. In the guide ISTE includes information about what the research says about using edtech to support SEL initiatives as well as examples of school districts already engaged in this type of work.

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