American Rescue Plan
Watch our panel of educational leaders and advisors to learn how your school or district can use American Rescue Plan funds to support student needs raised by the pandemic, including student engagement and safety.
Former EdTech Senior Executive & U.S. Department of Education Deputy Chief of Staff
Vice President of Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education
Superintendent, Upper Dublin School District (Pennsylvania)
Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools
New Federal Funding Available
The Department of Education announced $122 billion of the American Rescue Plan will be allocated nationwide to aid states’ efforts to safely reopen K-12 schools and expand opportunities for students in need. Below are ways the Department suggests using these funds to address impacts of COVID-19 on K-12 education:
- Investing in resources to implement CDC's K-12 operational strategy for in-person learning to keep educators, staff, and students safe.
- Implementing strategies to meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students hit hardest by the pandemic, including through evidence-based interventions and critical services like community schools.
- Hiring additional educators to address learning loss, providing support to students and existing staff, and providing sufficient staffing to facilitate social distancing.
- Funding for Wi-Fi hotspots and devices for students without connectivity for remote learning and supporting educators in the effective use of technology.
Explore the Hub
To support schools and districts navigating the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) federal funding guidelines, we collaborated with experts to gather resources, research, and advice.
What does this funding mean for you?
The following resources break down how the ARP ESSER funds are allocated, how schools can spend them, and recommendations from school leaders.
Biden signs 1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law
Here are the key provisions in the nearly $123 billion fund for K-12 schools as part of the larger COVID relief bill.District Administration
The American Rescue Plan
The American Rescue Plan is delivering direct relief to the American people, rescuing the American economy, and starting to beat the virus.The White House
DOE announces American Rescue Plan to Help Schools Reopen
All 50 states will receive funding from the ARP ESSER funds. Discover how the funds are allocated and how they can be used.U.S. Department of Education
How will school leaders spend Biden’s relief funds wisely?
Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute think tank, shares advice for school leaders and analysis of the latest funding bill.District Administration
What Education Leaders Can Do Now to Improve Student Safety, Engagement, and Equity
Post-pandemic, schools are looking for technologies that address safety, engagement, and equity. Consider these guidelines when evaluating technology.GoGuardian
Analysis of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021
Learn what schools will receive and how the funds from this unparalleled investment in Public Education can be used.Learning Policy Institute
How does this funding apply to mental health and SEL?
One of the key provisions of the funding is investing in strategies to meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of students. Find out more about meeting those needs, and how GoGuardian and Pear Deck can help.
Interview: Teaching Trauma-Informed Practices
School leaders discuss their efforts building a learner-centered environment and the successes they've seen after implementing new practices.Pear Deck
Fostering Social Emotional Learning in Any Space
Social-Emotional Behavior Coach Rebekah Kmieciak shares resources and tools for practical application and implementation of SEL.GoGuardian
Setting the Emotional Tone of Your Classroom
As you create the culture of your classroom, remember to invite emotions in as an inevitable and dynamic part of the learning environment.Pear Deck
Research Brief: Evidence on Covid-19 Suicide Risk and LGBTQ Youth
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns have arisen around potential increases in suicide risk, particularly among marginalized populations.The Trevor Project
Providing Effective Social–Emotional and Behavioral Supports After COVID-19 Closures: Universal Screening and Tier 1 Interventions
The number of students experiencing a social-emotional or behavioral need is expected to triple after the pandemic. How can we best support them as we reopen schools?National Association of School Psychologists
School Reentry Considerations
Education agencies and individual schools planning for students and staff to return following COVID-19 closures must prioritize efforts to address social and emotional learning and mental and behavioral health needs.American School Counselor Association
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