By fostering equitable learning for all students, eSpark meets the requirements for many federal, state, and local educational funding sources. Explore these opportunities to identify different methods of budgeting for eSpark in your school or district.
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Funding for Math and Reading Programs
Federal Educational Funding
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund
The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided federal stimulus dollars to assist local school districts during the COVID-19 pandemic. These dollars are a part of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
How eSpark aligns with ESSER requirements:
- eSpark’s adaptive, differentiated curriculum is proven to close learning gaps and can be used during school, in after school programs, and during the summer to prevent additional learning loss. See the research here →
- Student progress and standards mastery reports help teachers identify learning gaps, and weekly small group suggestions provide relevant resources for targeted intervention with struggling students.
- eSpark integrates Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the student experience, enabling students to express how they are feeling and give teachers important insights into their students’ wellbeing.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Title I Part A Funding
Increasing the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged
The largest source of federal funding to schools is Title I, which provides over $16 billion to schools that serve a high number or high percentage of children from low-income families. The funding is meant to ensure all children are able to meet challenging state academic standards, regardless of background.
How eSpark Aligns with Title I Part A Funding Requirements
- eSpark gives teachers the tools they need to target students’ greatest areas of instructional need while tackling the achievement gap.
- By implementing playfully personalized learning with eSpark, teachers free up more time to deliver targeted, high-quality small group instruction during the school day.
- eSpark features culturally responsive texts, videos, apps, and activities to support high-needs students on their path toward grade-level growth.
- eSpark measurably improves academic achievement in core subjects, as proven by third-party assessments. See the research here →
Title III Funding
English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement Act
Title III provides over $700 million in funding to support English Language Learners and their families.
How eSpark Aligns with Title III Funding Requirements
- eSpark provides each student with engaging texts leveled to their learning needs.
- eSpark features WIDA-aligned accessibility features for ELL students, including audio and visual language supports to build English proficiency and content knowledge.
- eSpark features formative assessments to help teachers monitor the pace and proficiency of ELL students throughout the year.
Narrowing the Achievement Gap with English Language Learners
eSpark’s differentiated instruction and skills practice has narrowed achievement gaps in hundreds of schools and districts, including Utica Community Schools in Michigan. Students who use eSpark are more likely to get and remain on track for college- and career-readiness.
Title IV Funding
Student Support and Academic Enrichment
Title IV is a block grant that provides over $1 billion in funding to school safety, well-rounded education, and educational technology initiatives. Districts receiving more than $30,000 from Title IV can spend up to 60% of this funding on technology for teaching and learning.
How eSpark Aligns with Title IV Funding Requirements
- eSpark enables districts to leverage Chromebooks, tablets, and laptops for engaging, rigorous instruction.
- eSpark’s online resources have been aligned with state standards and vetted for both engagement and efficacy.
- All instruction and practice is aligned with each student’s unique learning needs, fostering a reliable and personalized blended learning environment.
State Educational Funding
Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools (EANS) Funding
Under the EANS program, $2.75 billion was provided for state governors to distribute to non-public schools during and in the wake of the COVID-19. These funds are meant to help schools close the gaps that formed and expanded during the pandemic.
How eSpark Aligns with EANS Funding Requirements
- eSpark can support remote or hybrid learning and can be used on any device with an internet connection and browser, both in school and at home.
- eSpark’s adaptive, differentiated curriculum is proven to close learning gaps and address learning loss. The program can be used during school, in after-school programs, and during the summer to mitigate those gaps.
Explore the following links to state websites and learn more about the formula funding and competitive grants available to school districts:
Local Educational Funding
Many schools apply for private or foundation funds to cover the cost of our products. These funds are often offered by local and regional foundations in your area. To identify promising opportunities, try researching organizations that support K-12 education near you.
Additionally, explore your local district’s bond money or outstanding proposals to see if it might be fit for purchasing our products. Many of our partners have funded a portion of eSpark with bond dollars granted to the district.
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