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Funding Distance Learning Through the CARES Act 

Funding Distance Learning Through the Cares Act

The recently signed CARES Act has made billions of dollars in stimulus funds available for educational purposes, including funding streams that can be utilized for education technology and student mental health services. Specified funds include:

  • $13.5 billion for K-12 education virtual offerings
  • $3 billion for governors to allocate emergency support to local educational agencies and institutions most impacted by COVID-19
  • $425 million for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support student mental health initiatives

In addition, the U.S. Department of Education is now allowing states to apply for flexibility when using parts of existing Title funds to enhance distance learning efforts. These new guidelines ensure districts have the freedom to use federal funds to address their most urgent needs.

Watch this webinar with Dr. Kecia Ray to learn more about applying and qualifying for CARES Act funds.

Meet the Presenters


Meet Kecia Ray, Ed. D.

Dr. Kecia Ray’s career includes designing technology within the Frist Art Museum and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. She was appointed as a turnaround agent to work with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools from 2003–2007 by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education, and she continued working with the district as a district administrator. In Nashville, Dr. Ray established award-winning instructional technology programs that were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and Harvard University. Dr. Ray was named “20 to Watch” by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, a top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest.


Meet Susan Gentz

Susan Gentz is the founder and owner of BSG Strategies, LLC, a consulting business focused specifically on education leadership and technology through practice and policy. Gentz comes from a strong policy background as a former staffer in the United States Senate and legislative aide in the Iowa House of Representatives. Along with experience at both federal and state levels, she served as the deputy executive director for the Center for Digital Education, worked for a government relations firm in Arlington, Virginia, and worked on the Every Student Succeeds Act along with state education policy at iNACOL, where she wrote published reports to move the field forward with innovative learning models, best practices, and policy recommendations.

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