Technology Planning for WANS Schools



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This publication is intended to assist Wisconsin's K-12 non-public WANS member schools in preparing to apply for the Federal Communication Commission's Universal Service discount program, more popularly known as the "E-rate." It also informs of other funds available in Wisconsin for technology development in schools. This document outlines the technology plan process and contains other pertinent information to help insure a school is ready to apply for E-rate discounts. Approved technology plans are required for schools to receive educational discounts on telecommunications services.

When the FCC created the E-rate in 1997, it delegated adminsitration of the program to each of the 50 states.

Early in fall 1997, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson issued an Executive Order giving the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) overall authority for ensuring certification of school and library technology plans.

DOA has delegated authority for the review of public school and public library plans to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

For nonpublic schools that are members of the Wisconsin Association of nonpublic Schools (WANS), DOA has delegated review of technology plans  to WANS.  In other words: WANS is the official approver of nonpublic school, wans-member tech plans.

For nonpublic schools that are not members of WANS, DOA has delegated review of technology plans to the Technology for Educational Achievement in Wisconsin Board (TEACH).

People with questions about this process should contact the DOA's Paul Nelson at (608) 266-5667.



This site is based on the philosophy that schools need to properly plan for technology goals that integrate with and utilize the mission of the school. To truly benefit from the programs available, planning is essential.


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WANS Technology Plan Format
E-Rate Application Evaluation Format


Questions and Answers


I am wondering if any of the funding will be available for private elementary schools. I am a teacher and technology director at (a Lutheran school in Wisconsin), and will certainly apply for funds if they are available.

Private schools are eligible for discounts of between 20% and 90% on telecommunications services, internal connections, and Internet service under the Federal Communication Commission's universal service ("E-Rate") program. For more information see the Wisconsin E-rate page and the FCC'S LearnNET page.

The Wisconsin Advanced Telecommunications Fund and the Public Service Commission's universal service program are also open toprivate schools.

Another program which applies to WANS schools: Teach Wisconsin
A comparison between the TEACH and FCC E-Rate programs

More Questions and Answers:
For answers to other common questions relating to these grants and others, link to this:
E-Rate Questions and Answers
Public Notice by the FCC.
More Questions & Answers from the Schools and Libraries Corporation (SLC).
Subscribe to the Wisconsin PK-12 email Discussion List


News Relating to Technology Planning

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Applying for the FCC E-rate: A Handbook of Information and Action Steps
Resource Guide to Federal Funding For Technology in Education


Sample Technology Plans

Technology Plans
Technology Planning
Sample Technology Plan
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Technology Plans On-Line
Technology Plans and Policies
Sample Technology Plans
USF: Michigan K-12 Technology Plans



Technology Planning Resources

E-Rate Application Form
Nine Steps You Can Take Now to Prepare
Technology Planning Publications available through the DPI
Find Your County's Discount Rate
Governor's Conference on Technology, 11-10-97
Technology Coordinator's Tech Center
Educational Technology Planning Assistance
AASA E-Rate Technology Planning and Support
School Tech Use Plans
Florida Tech Prep Evaluation Planning Guide
National Center for Technology Planning



Steps to Get E-Rate Discount

  1. Write your Technology Plan.
  2. Study your Plan to see what E-Rate Discounts can help you with.
  3. Get E-Rate Application from School and Libraries Corporation (SLC)
  4. Provide Documentation Levels of Poverty / Urban, Rural
  5. Calculate Your Discount
  6. Fill out Application Form
  7. Get bids, fill out required forms (in application packet)
  8. Send Technology Plan to your WANS jurisdiction. Submit 2 printed copies and 1 copy on disk.
  9. Send Application to SLC
  10. They will post your bid on the Web for 30 days.
  11. When you have their approval, then sign your contract.
  12. Got for it! You pay your share, government will send check to company after company has submitted form #486.


Technology Plan Format for the
Wisconsin Association of Nonpublic Schools (WANS)
TITLE OF GRANT APPLYING FOR: ____________________________

Name of School: _________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________

City: ____________________________ State: _____________ Zip: _______

Phone Number: ( ) _________________ Fax: ( ) __________________________

E-mail: _____________________________

Principal's Name: ____________________ Signature: _________________________

Technology Committee Members: Position:

_______________________________________ ______________________________


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Contact person for questions regarding grant application:

Name: _______________________ Position: _______________ Phone: ( ) ________


Please write a short, 5 to 7 sentence narrative for each numbered statement.

When it says "List," please just list statements.

When there is an "Appendix Attachment," please just put the summary of the findings in a 5 to 7 sentence narrative under the correct heading (Number 3.1, for example). Put a copy of the assessment form used in the "Appendix."

Technology Plan
1. Introduction
   1.1 Mission statement
            1.1.1 Archdiocese, diocese, synod, district, etc.
            1.1.2 Parish
            1.1.3 School
    1.2 School philosophy
    1.3 Educational technology philosophy
    1.4 Vision for the future regarding technology
            1.4.1 Archdiocese, diocese, synod, district, etc.
            1.4.2 School

2. Background Information

    2.1 School and community demographics
    2.2 Overview of the educational technology planning process
    2.3 Stakeholders and community resources including involvement of parents, public
           libraries, business leaders, and parish members
    2.4 Explain how plan will promote equity
    2.5 Explain how plan will provide access for teachers, parents and students to best
           teaching practices and curriculum resources
    2.6 Impact of program on adult computer literacy
            2.6.1 Parents
            2.6.2 Parish members
            2.6.3 Community

3. Current Status

    3.1 Assessment of student and staff technology skills, knowledge, and attitudes
    3.2 Inventories of software, hardware, facilities, networking and telecommunications
    3.3 Current status of curriculum and educational technology initiatives
    3.4 Explain how the new technology will be integrated into the curriculum
    3.5 Explain how the new technology will enhance teaching
    3.6 Explain how the new technology will enhance student achievement
    3.7 Review of existing professional development activities and structures
    3.8 Explain future professional development for teachers, administrators, and
          school library media personnel in relationship to use of technology in the
          classroom or school library media center
    3.9 List resources for ongoing training and technical assistance (list of providers)
    3.10 List of print resources (subscriptions), services, software, and technicians that are
            available for support
    3.11 Explain how the new technology will enhance teacher training
    3.12 Describe strategy for using information technologies, including internet and
            distance learning
    3.13 Assessment of current technology support staffing

4. Program Goals and Educational Technology Initiatives in Support of Education Improvement

    4.1 Administrative and management goals and initiatives in relationship to technology
    4.2 Communication and information access goals and initiatives
    4.3 Instructional and curricular goals and initiatives
    4.4 Staff competency goals in support of student learning in relationship to technology

5. Technology Design

    5.1 Software priorities
            5.1.1 Administrative and management
            5.1.2 Communications and information access
            5.1.3 Instructional and curricular
    5.2 Hardware, facilities, and network priorities
            5.2.1 Hardware: Workstations and peripherals
            5.2.2 Facilities: Network design
            5.2.3 Building and Classroom Wiring: Standards
            5.2.4 Implementation Issues
            5.2.5 Operations, maintenance, and upgrades priorities
    5.3 List desired technologies (for this application)
    5.4 List provisions for capabilities of these new technologies with existing
    5.5 List services and grants school is eligible for and how they will impact the
          technology plan

6. Educational Technology Implementation Action Plan Timetable

(Leadership, Activities, Timeline, Policy Budget)
    6.1 Software procurement
    6.2 Hardware, facilities, and network acquisition/implementation
    6.3 Operations, maintenance, and upgrades
    6.4 Professional development
    6.5 Additional human resources in support of technology
    6.6 Funding sources
    6.7 Budget summary and related expenses needed to implement plan

7. Monitoring, Evaluation, and Revision of the Educational Technology

    7.1 Monitoring and evaluation process
    7.2 Incorporation of evaluation information for ongoing planning
    7.3 Process for reporting to stakeholders
    7.4 Process and timeline for ongoing, long-term planning


Center for Educational Leadership and Technology. Planning Kit. Marlborough, MA 01752.
United Sates Department of Education, (Federal E-rate), Checklist for Approval of New Technology Plans, Appendix B. Washington, D.C., 1997.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, FY 1998. Madison, WI: 1997.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Educational Technology Plan, PK-12. Madison, WI: 1996. Appendix O.


E-Rate Application Evaluation Format

DO NOT fill out this Form. This form is the evaluation tool used by WANS to determine if your technology plan meets the FCC requirements. This form is provided as a guide to help you determine if you have succesfully created your technology plan.
Federal Application
Technology Plan Requirement used for
Federal E-Rate Applications

Evaluation Format

Name of School:__________________Address:__________________________

Contact Person: __________________ Phone: _______________ e-mail: ______________

   Approved   Revision

1. _________     ________ Explain how the new technology will be integrated into the Curriculum
                                            and Include sufficient detail to judge the validity of the request in
                                            relation to the strategies described in the approved technology plan.

2. _________     ________ Describe strategy for using information technologies, including internet
                                            and distance learning

3. _________     ________ Software Priorities

4. _________     ________ Hardware, facilities, and network priorities

5. _________     ________ List services and grants school is eligible for and how they will
                                            impact the technology plan

6. _________     ________ Educational technology implementation action plan timetable
                                            (Leadership, Activities, Timeline, Policy Budget)

7. _________     ________ Professional development

8. _________     ________ Monitoring, evaluation, and revision of the educational technology

Plan approved: ________ Plan needs to be revised and resubmitted: __________

Number of Evaluator: ______ Date: ____________________

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