ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : RT-09-002

Date Created : 08/06/2008

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
other: Technology Coordinators & E-Rate Coordinators

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
   
Section:   Research and Technology - Mr. James Boardman, Assistant Commissioner
Subject:
E-Rate 2008 Training

Regulatory Authority:
N/A

Contact Person:
Wilma Toombs

Phone Number:
501-371-1944

E-mail:
Wilma.Toombs@arkansas.gov

In order to keep Arkansas applicants informed of the changes that may affect the E-Rate program application process, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Department of Information Systems (DIS), and State Library will be offering in-depth E-Rate training for public school districts, charter and private schools. Sessions will be designed for beginners as well as participants already familiar with the E-Rate process.

E-Rate training has been scheduled for the following dates:

Two-day E-Rate sessions for beginners (0-3 years):
Session 1: September 30 October 1, 2008, Tuesday and Wednesday
Session 2: October 28-29, 2008, Tuesday and Wednesday
Topics of interest will include: 2009 Eligible Services List, Understanding E-Rate Rules, Compliance Issues, E-Rate Application Process, and Common Applicant Mistakes

E-Rate advanced session (4+ years):
Session: October 2, 2008, Thursday
Topics of interest will include: Filing Forms 486, 500 Bear, RNL, Document Retention, Audits and Internal Connections

E-Rate Lab Training (hands-on):
December 1-5, 2008 At ADE Ranch/Little Rock
This lab is to assist you in filing form 471 online when the window opens.

E-Rate training sessions will be held at the Metropolitan Tech Center, 7701 Scott Hamilton in Little Rock. Sign-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. and training will start at 8:30 3:30 p.m. each day. Please bring your laptops, CAT5 cable for internet connection, and storage peripherals for personal use. Make sure to have a Ver.8 Adobe Reader installed on your laptops.

Registration methods:
1) By Fax - Fill out the attached form and fax to Wilma Toombs at 501.371.1942
2) Electronically - Fill out the attached electronic form and email to : Wilma.toombs@arkansas.gov
(If you are unable to open the form, download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader V. 8 at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)

Note: Email confirmation will be sent to all participants.

Seating is limited, so please register as soon as possible for the events. It is strongly recommended that each public school district, charter or private school send a technology coordinator and/or E-Rate representative to the training workshops. Registration closes for all sessions seven days prior to the session.

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