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Learn about funding opportunities available to Ohio schools and partnering education agencies to support remote, hybrid, and blended learning.

Learning Forward Selected to Launch RemotEDx Networked Learning Community

On behalf of RemotEDx and its implementation partners, the Ohio Department of Education is pleased to announce that Learning Forward was competitively selected to co-design and launch the RemotEDx Networked Learning Community and coordinate Ohio’s remote education and professional learning portfolio.

Learning Forward will receive $1 million from the state’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to:

  • Coordinate the state’s portfolio of remote, hybrid and blended education programs and practices.
  • Identify and promote enhanced professional learning opportunities for remote, hybrid and blended education opportunities.
  • Co-design and build a networked learning community that considers problems of practice, unites key partners and harnesses their collective power to help propel Ohio’s in-person, remote, hybrid and blended education infrastructure forward to the future.
  • Ensure equity is a top priority and significantly informs professional learning opportunities and all aspects of the networked learning community.

Eligible applicants included nonprofit organizations focused on remote education and student success; community-based innovative education partners; educational service centers; and institutions of higher education.

Learning Forward’s successful application and project summary: 


RemotEDx Subgrants to Increase the Number of Students Earning Industry-Recognized Credentials

RemotEDx recently awarded subgrants to business advisory councils, industry sector partnerships, regional- and state-positioned industry groups and non-profit organizations focused on education or student success partnering with a school, district or consortium of schools or districts aimed at building and strengthening education and industry partnerships to increase the number of students earning industry-recognized credentials. Eleven subgrantees were selected from a pool of 49 applicants.

Subgrantees were awarded up to $150,000 from the Ohio’s CARES Act funds to achieve one or more of the following:  

  1. Deploy an awareness campaign that emphasizes the importance of high school students earning industry-recognized credentials and promotes locations credential training can be completed; 
  2. Provide professional learning opportunities for educators, or other key professionals that will assist with credential training or mentoring; 
  3. Design, develop and implement creative remote learning solutions for assisting students in earning qualifying credentials in a remote setting.

View complete project summaries here.

The award period for these funds is March 12, 2021 to June 30, 2022. 


RemotEDx Subgrants for Nonprofit or Community-Based Remote Education Partners

RemotEDx recently awarded subgrants to nonprofit and community-based organizations partnering with a school, district or consortium of schools or districts to help improve, enhance and enrich remote caring, teaching and learning opportunities for Ohio’s most underserved students. Seventeen subgrantees were selected from a pool of 150 applicants. View the announcement here.
 
Subgrantees were awarded up to $150,000 from the Ohio’s CARES Act funds to achieve one or more of the following: 

  1. Identifying, creating, and implementing high-quality instruction.
  2. Supporting student wellness, participation, and engagement.
  3. Supporting professional learning for school leaders and educators.
  4. Supporting learning management systems and interoperable platforms.
  5. Capturing and sharing lessons learned from two decades of e-learning.

The award period for these funds is March 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.


Ohio Collaborative for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools

Philanthropy Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education are pleased to announce grants awarded to 57 projects, totaling over $5.7 million and benefitting more than 800,000 students across Ohio, through the Collaborative Fund for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools (OCER). This was achieved through two rounds of grant applications and awards. This public-private partnership aims to help schools and districts improve remote education practices and outcomes and to use remote education as a catalyst for re-imagining and re-engineering the delivery of high-quality caring, teaching and learning opportunities for Ohio’s underserved students. View the announcement here.

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