A year ago, school districts wrote plans for how they were going to use their share of the $122 billion in American Rescue Plan money. Because Congress directed the money to flow through states, districts file for reimbursement as the funds go out the door.
A team at Edunomics Lab is compiling data—reflecting actual spending, district by district—and has posted the early results in the ESSER Expenditure Dashboard. The dashboard allows users to type in the name of a district to see how fast (or how slowly) the money is being used. Users can also download the file for an entire state and run some analytics to see what the trends look like. In some states, the dashboard includes additional details on what those dollars paid for.
For students, a positive connection to at least one school adult—whether a teacher, counselor, sports coach, or other school staff member—can have tremendous benefits. Educators can use the Relationship Mapping Strategy from Harvard University’s Making Caring Common project to ensure that every learner feels known and supported.
The George Washington Mount Vernon Prize for Excellence in Civics and History is awarded to two student projects each year. Teachers and organization leaders can nominate eligible middle school and high school students who have applied their understanding of George Washington’s life to extend his legacy of public service within classrooms, schools, or community projects.
Since 2008 more than 700 high school chemistry teachers have received the AmericanChemical Society’s ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Classroom Grant to support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development, and reveal the wonders of chemistry.