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Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

How to Fund Innovation in your District

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Listen and learn : Panel

Alefiya Master  
Dr. Rita Oates  
Laura Spence  
Robert Wayne Harris  

How do you find the funds to support the amazing innovation you learn about at ISTE ever year? Come learn from a panel of district-level pioneers, philanthropists, school leaders and industry experts on best practices for funding innovation and "out-of-the-box" thinking at your district.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Funding & accountability
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Career and technical education, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Advocate for policies, procedures, programs and funding strategies to support implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This panel is intended to share best practices for how leaders have creatively crafted budget requests, gone through purchasing processes that are required, received approval for funding, and been able to integrate new programs into their classrooms, even though these programs are not ones that have a ready "budget bucket" to pull from. This panel will also include voices from for-profit and non-profit funders and what they look for when providing funds to education.

In doing so, attendees of this panel discussion will learn ideas for how to successfully:
- Advocate for policies, procedures, programs and funding strategies to support implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines.
- Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
- Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
- Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.
- Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.

Outline

This will be a panel discussion with a moderator facilitating discussion in a Q&A style with the panelists.

Supporting research

https://www.theedadvocate.org/7-creative-ways-fund-classroom-technology/
https://www.kajeet.net/extracurricular/10-new-grants-for-ed-tech
https://tech.ed.gov/funding/
https://www.eschoolnews.com/2018/05/31/finding-the-money-for-sel/
https://districtadministration.com/gaining-edtech-grants/

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Presenters

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Alefiya Master, MAD-learn

Alefiya Master is the Founder & CEO of award-winning app development program, MAD-learn. She believes that enabling students to have passion-driven career choices should be a key focus for schools. It’s not often that you find a millennial, woman, minority, educator turned entrepreneur who has founded and grown two EdTech companies that now impact over 40,000 students in 30 states and 5 countries. She knows the critical role of education in workforce development, the need to have ALL kids learn to think & create for themselves, and be exposed to technology creation, not just consumption.

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Dr. Rita Oates, Oates Associates

Dr. Rita Oates won grants exceeding $10 million while director of edtech in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL), the fourth largest district in the USA. She taught Grant Writing for Edtech at Barry University, while chair of the graduate program in computer education and technology. As president of Oates Associates, a consulting firm, she has presented grantwriting webinars for edWeb.net, workshops for CoSN, ISTE, FETC and others. She’s evaluated large federal grants for teacher training in three universities and magnet schools. She's helped schools and teachers win grants from $500 to $1.9 million -- for her children’s middle school.

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Laura Spence, K-12 STEM Department, Pinellas County

Experienced STEM leader (domestic & international levels), established 260 after-school STEM Academies and has been awarded $1,300,000 in grant funding.

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Robert Wayne Harris, Teq

Robert-Wayne Harris is the Chief Learning Officer at Teq and also a former Superintendent of Schools in NYS. In addition to providing visionary leadership at Teq and direct assistance and support to schools and districts in the areas of Instructional Technology, Professional Development, and Project-based learning (PBL), he has also authored several blogs on funding to support school and district educational initiatives and programs including, “Overview of Elementary and Secondary School Relief Funding”; “5 Ways to Use Remaining Title Funds”; “Title Funding to Improve Student Engagement and Professional Learning”; and “Federal Funding for Private Schools”.

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