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COVID-19 Education Innovations Solution Spotlights in Tennessee, Texas and Illinois

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Instructional Continuity Grants Help Texas Districts Facilitate Remote Learning  

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath recently announced new funding for districts and open-enrollment charter schools with at least one federally identified Targeted Support and Improvement Title I campus through the Texas Education Agency’s Instructional Continuity Grant. The grant provides funding for supplemental resources to increase districts’ capacity to facilitate instructional continuity and distance, remote and/or virtual learning for campuses that have been closed due to COVID-19. District awards will range between $10,500 and $220,000 based on the number of identified schools. 

Illinois Educational Leaders Build LearnAway! Website 

Illinois education leaders, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Board of Higher Education, the State Board of Education and educators from around the state have partnered to build LearnAway! This new, online space supports the state’s educators by providing resources, curriculum and ideas to inspire remote instruction and connection to learners. There are resources for all subject areas from reading and math, to chemistry, civics and foreign languages. 

Tennessee Gathers Public Input on CARES Act Educational Supports 

Tennessee officials have released a survey to gather public input on how the state should spend the funds received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support the educational response work already underway and the future recovery efforts. Examples of eligible supports include better internet access and/or devices for students, addressing needs of special populations, professional development for effective distance learning strategies, online learning resources and mental health services. The deadline for completion is April 13. 

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