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April | 07 | 2022

Follow the meaning

Performed by Kevin Hogan, School News, Editor-in-Chief

Follow the Money to Tech upgrade



2:00 PM ET | 11:00 AM PT

How districts can take advantage of great federal funding cashouts.

As school district leaders across the country carefully look forward to post-epidemic teaching and learning, they are also looking at what a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity could be to upgrade their technology infrastructure and classrooms with interactive displays such as next-generation solutions. Laptops, and more. In 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three COVID relief packages that added up to $ 190 billion for public and private schools. A few billion more are expected to come soon.

The potential for this funding is great. How to effectively protect and implement can be difficult. Join a panel of eSchool News and the country’s most insightful analysts as they discuss the state-of-the-art and what districts can do to take advantage of federal and state edtech funding programs.

Join us:

  • Learn about the various K-12 District Funding Opportunities from the best experts in the industry.
  • Weave through the fund application process — who to apply for, how to do it and when.
  • Find out how to make the most of these funds in a sustainable IT district system.

We hear from industry experts:
(See below for full BIOS)

  • Sheryl R. Abshar, Ph.D.
  • John Bernstein, President and Founder @ Bernstein Strategy Group
  • John Harrington, CEO of the Fund for Learning

Meet your speakers

Sheryl R. Abshar, Ph.D.

As recently retired CTO Calcasieu Parish Public Schools Louisiana, Dr. Abshire is a long time transformational technology innovation / integration specialist. He has initiated integration of technology in district, state, national and international curriculum areas. As a school principal, teacher, library / media expert, and assistant professor at Lamar University, he is a skilled grant writer / trainer and reviewer for the National Science Foundation (NSF). A founding member of the ISTE NETS / ISTE Standards and Accreditation Committee, he is involved in the integration of technology into quality-based guidance. Dr. Abshayer is an ISTE certified educator, and the first teacher to be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in our country. He is a former board member and past chair of the Consortium for School Networking in CoSN, Washington, DC. Sheryl serves on the CoSN and ISTE policy committees.


John Bernstein

John Bernstein
President and Founder: Bernstein Strategy Group

John, president and founder of the Bernstein Strategy Group, has been working on education, learning technology and telecommunications since 1995, and has been running his own government relations organization since 2005. Currently, John serves as vice president of the Education and Library Network Alliance and as executive director of the Homework Gap Big Tent Coalition, and the National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training. Prior to launching the BSG, John Leslie served as vice president at Harris & Associates, an attorney adviser to the Federal Communications Commission, a lobbyist for the National Education Association, and a legislative adviser to The Lightspan Partnership. His first policy work was as a Legislative Fellow for Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA). John received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law and his BA from Colgate University, where he graduated from Magna Cum Lord and Fee Beta Capa.


John Harrington
CEO of the Fund for Learning

John Harrington is the CEO of the Fund for Learning, a firm that helps schools receive federal funding for student Internet access and communication. Since 1997, Mr. Harrington has supported groups in 50 states across the United States, helping schools apply for more than $ 1 billion in support through the Universal Service Funding Program. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.


Moderator – Kevin Hogan
School News, Editor-in-Large

Kevin is a pioneer-thinking media executive with over 25 years of experience building brands and audiences online, in print and face to face. He is an acclaimed writer, editor and commentator who has bridged the gap between society and technology, especially education technology.

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