Funding PD Infrastructure with CARES Act and Title II

By Julia Ramsey

As districts ramp up their PD to sharpen educators’ virtual instruction skills, coordinating and supporting newly-remote teaching teams has never been more critical. But with an uncertain school year ahead and funds stretched tight, many education leaders are scrambling to find the budget for professional learning support. 

Recent changes to federal education funding structures like Title II, the CARES Act, and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund — among others — mean that these dollars are now available to invest in long-term PD solutions for continuous improvement.

Title II and KickUp: Preparing and Retaining High-Quality Educators

Title II authorizes programs to improve teaching and leadership through professional learning at the state and district levels.

In alignment with Title II, KickUp provides:

School districts across the country have utilized Title II funding to purchase KickUp’s software and services, including Frederick County Public Schools, Maury County Public Schools, St. Vrain Valley Schools and others.

KickUp is also proud to partner with Learning Forward, the leading advocacy organization for Title II, and informs its platform development based on the best practices of job-embedded professional learning that Learning Forward promotes.

Title II Part A text [USDOE] >>

Instructions for Allowable Use of Title II, Part A Funds [Washington OSPI] >>


CARES Act and KickUp: Infrastructure and Training for Online Instruction

As of June 2020, the US Department of Education has created new flexibility for using federal funds to support closing the digital divide.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes an Education Stabilization Fund (ESF) that provides $13.5 billion in funding relief for K-12 schools.

While the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) had previously limited districts’ ability to use federal funds for technology infrastructure, Congress has also introduced specific waivers to repurpose these existing funds for distance learning supports.


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