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Show Me the Money: E-rate and a Whole Lot More
Friday, October 4, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D., Ed Tech Specialist & Consultant, Abshire Consulting; Cynthia Schultz, Esq., Managing Member, Broadband Law Group, PLLC; and Josh Chisom, Program Manager, E-rate, EducationSuperHighway
Hosted by Greg Elliott, Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions & Satisfaction, Velocity Fiber, LLC
Sponsored by Velocity Fiber
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Would you like to know how to get the funding you need for your school or district? Great news – we can help!
Whether you’re an experienced grant writer or have never written a grant before, learn something new in this valuable edWebinar. Tune in to gain the critical insight necessary to develop an effective technology proposal for a variety of funding sources – E-rate, grant, or otherwise. Our presenters will help you communicate key details grant agencies and other funding institutions look for when considering technology funding proposals and identify crucial factors every school district should know to help you capture part of the billion-dollar funding pie. Watch this team of seasoned E-rate and EdTech gurus and get the inside scoop on all the emerging E-rate issues sure to affect you and your school or district. Come away empowered with the knowledge to make the best decisions and forward-thinking plans for your institution!
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to school and district leaders.
About the Presenters
As the former Chief Technology Officer for the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools Lake Charles, Louisiana for 20+ years, Dr. Sheryl Abshire served as a catalyst for technology integration throughout the nation and internationally, providing leadership on numerous national, state, and district committees focusing on the roles of technology and curriculum in changing educational practice. A 40+ year veteran educator, Sheryl has served as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, university professor and is an ISTE Certified Educator and Ed Tech specialist and consultant. In 2010 the FCC appointed her to the USAC board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE. She was the 2013 recipient of the National Coalition for Technology in Education & Training, NCTET Community Builder Award for exemplary service supporting policies and practices designed to facilitate effective technology integration into teaching and learning across the nation’s education system. She is a past board member and chair of CoSN and is Vice President of Advocacy and Programs for LACUE.
Cynthia Schultz, Esq. is one of the nation’s leading experts in E-rate and is passionate in her work to close the digital divide. She is the Managing Member of Broadband Law Group recognized in both the public and private sectors as an authority on federal regulatory and compliance requirements governing the broadband, communications, and technology sectors focusing on education and healthcare. She served as general counsel of a broadband company, and as a partner in a major international law firm in Washington D.C., where she also specialized in technology and communications law with a focus on federal technology grants and E-Rate. Cynthia also served as the Chief Compliance Officer for the $4.7B BTOP Program at NTIA and as the Director of Service Provider Support for the $2.25B E-rate Program at USAC, where she managed compliance issues and advocated on behalf of over 4,000 service providers nationally. She received her J.D. from American University and B.A. from the George Washington University.
At EducationSuperHighway, Josh provides expert E-rate advice, analysis and training for districts, regional organizations and states across the country. Josh has 20 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. Before joining ESH, Josh was an E-rate consultant for eight years and, prior to that, a site reviewer and trainer for the Universal Service Fund. In his off hours he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing guitar with his rock band, and reading history books and detective novels.
About the Host
Prior to joining Velocity Fiber, Greg oversaw sales for 1102 Grand (now Netrality Properties) which became one of the largest Internet interconnection hubs in the Midwest. He brings a unique insight into how the Internet works behind the scenes and has extensive experience working with school districts as well as with regional education networks. Greg is passionate about helping connect as many people as possible to affordable broadband across the United States and is active in several educational and telecommunications organizations including Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (The SHLB Coalition or SHLB). In addition, Greg is on the Board of Directors with the KC Tech Council and Overland Park, Kansas, Arts and Recreation Foundation.
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Velocity Fiber builds Networks for the Next Generation. We offer managed leased lit and leased dark fiber wide area networks (WANs) to K-12 school districts across most lower 48 states, and all of our networks are E-rate Category 1 eligible. Velocity Fiber WANs are designed to scale incredibly cost-effectively as bandwidth demands increase, because school districts should grow minds–not network costs.