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Maryland Educators: Your Essential Guide to ESSER Funding


ESSER for the Maryland Educator

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Congress has provided financial support for districts and schools through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland received $207.8 million in emergency ESSER I funds, another $868.7 million as part of the ESSER II funding, and an additional $1.9 billion as part of ESSER III funding.

This guide and the additional resources below were created to help educators throughout Maryland reflect on how their allocated funding can provide solutions for these four areas of concern:

  • My schools during COVID-19: What’s working, what isn’t?
  • Instruction that balances between grade-level and unfinished learning
  • How do we return to in-person learning?
  • Measuring our results

Get your complimentary guide to learn what the funding is, how much there is, and how to use it to address unfinished learning.

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Things to Consider

As you assess your diagnostic and instruction solutions to address unfinished learning, here are some resources for you to explore.

What Educators Need to Know About ESSER Funding

Vice President of Government Relations, Debbie Smith, breaks down everything educators need to know about ESSER

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First Things First: An ESSER Overview

At-a-glance resources about this federal funding program and a look at how i-Ready is already helping Maryland students.

Education During COVID-19: What’s Working and What Isn’t?

We’re in awe of the extraordinary measures America’s schools and school districts have taken to help ensure the success of their students during these difficult academic years. With the additional support of your ESSER funding allotment, what aspects of your COVID-19 responses would you shore up, and which would you leave behind?

Here’s some food for thought as you consider your next steps.

  • Teaching and Learning in 2021: Classroom, online, or hybrid—wherever your students are, we have resources to support teachers, students, and families.
  • The Connection Cure: Mitigating teacher burnout has never been more urgent. Our latest professional paper offers tips and techniques to share with your most valuable district resources: your teachers.

Balancing Grade-Level Instruction and Unfinished Learning

From quickly adopting new technologies to the ongoing commitment to ensuring equitable access to learning for all students, 2021 is challenging schools, districts, and teachers in unprecedented ways. With the ESSER funding requirement to address issues of unfinished learning, how does your district strike the balance between grade-level instruction and differentiated instruction?

Measuring Results

ESSER funding requires reporting on how the funding is being used to address unfinished learning. A robust assessment tool is critical for accuracy and transparency.

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