Federal Funding for Professional Learning

With the education world changing at warp speed, a crucial challenge for administrators is funding for professional development to support teachers in this rapidly changing landscape.

Fortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency grant funding to support the increasing need for K–12 educators to perform at high levels while in distance learning. This funding includes $54.3 billion allocated for K–12.

Here is a breakdown of the funding:

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER I and ESSER II)

  • Districts can use ESSER I funds to support the reopening schools, facilitate continuity of learning, and measure and address the significant learning loss caused by a lack of in-person educational opportunities.

  • ESSER II funds can be used to support addressing learning loss, preparing schools for reopening, and testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to improve air quality in school buildings. This new funding is more than four times the $13 million in ESSER Fund assistance provided last spring under CARES Act.

This means that now, there's new funding that addresses professional learning, with a very limited time window.

Not sure where to get started? We're here to help.

ASCD has been working with leaders like you in districts across the country to equip their educators as they navigate instruction in hybrid, remote, and in-person classrooms. Our professional learning library, ASCD Activate®, helps you develop a continuous, whole-school system that supports your district goals. It is designed to support every educator within a school or district, year-round.


ASCD Activate's online solutions can help your district meet the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) mandate to provide professional development that is sustained, intensive, job-embedded, collaborative, and classroom-focused.

Our platform is your direct connection to empower your administrative teams, educators, and building staff to find, curate, and assign differentiated research-backed resources to teach in all types of learning environments.

ASCD Activate allows you to

  • Assign professional learning activities.
  • Download worksheets and practical classroom tools.
  • Create channels for personalized learning custom team channels.
  • Upload your school's/district material and combine them with ASCD resources.
  • Work as individuals, pairs, or learning teams.

An ASCD Activate subscription will also give you access to:

  • Our flagship magazine, Educational Leadership®
  • Access to ASCD Membership e-books
  • Practical classroom videos
  • Self-paced online courses
  • Teacher-driven topic packs

Learn for yourself and explore the wide array of resources and carefully curated learning pathways of ASCD Activate with one of our professional learning experts.


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