Many teachers are unaware of the fact that they may not have to pay for VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership out of their own pockets! Teachers can add Premium Membership to their class wish lists or request funding from their school’s PTA or SAC committee. Premium Membership makes a great holiday or end-of-year gift for teachers too! Other available funding options include:
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) helps ensure educational equity and opportunity for all students. Signed into law in December 2015, ESSA has made a number of significant changes to the Title I programs. Read about the changes to Title I and Title III funding due to ESSA.
Title I, Part A provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of students from low-income families to help ensure that all students meet challenging state academic standards. It also requires LEAs to provide eligible students attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school students, their teachers, and their families.
Title III, Part A provides grants for language instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) and immigrant students and youth. Its purpose is to ensure these students develop English proficiency and meet the same academic content and academic achievement standards that other students are expected to meet.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program provides federal funding for the establishment of community learning centers that provide academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities – during non-school hours — for students, particularly those who attend high poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local standards in core academic subjects such as reading, math and science.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides grants to states to ensure a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to all children with disabilities. The purpose of this funding is to assist states in meeting students’ unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.
Important to Note:
The funding sources listed above are all formula grants. Formula grant programs are noncompetitive awards, distributed at the state level, based on a predetermined formula. These programs are sometimes referred to as state-administered programs. To receive funds from formula grants, school districts’ annual applications to their State Department of Education must include great detail on how the districts intend to use said funds to supplement – not supplant – the educational services they will provide all students.
Adopt-A-Classroom is a national, award-winning non-profit organization supporting teachers by helping them find funds for approved classroom projects. Teachers who need help covering out-of-pocket classroom expenses (like VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership) can register to have their classrooms listed on the Adopt-A-Classroom website and made available for donors to fund.
Digital Wish is a non-profit organization empowering U.S. teachers and their supporters to get new technology into their classrooms. Donations are tax-deductible. Teachers can register on digitalwish.com to start fundraising for their classroom technology needs. VocabularySpellingCity’s Premium Membership is an approved product for digitalwish.com funding.
DonorsChoose is an online charity that connects donors with American public school teachers to fund classroom needs. There is a $1 minimum donation. VocabularySpellingCity’s Premium Membership is an approved product for DonorsChoose.org funding.
WLS member districts and their schools can purchase Premium Membership to VocabularySpellingCity at a special rate.
How can I find out if I qualify for Federal funding?
We recommend that you contact your school administrator and/or district office to find out if your school is eligible for any of the federal funding listed above.
Can I use Adopt-A-Classroom to renew my Premium Membership?
Absolutely! When we receive orders from Adopt-A-Classroom, if we see that the teacher has an order that is getting ready to expire, we will contact the school to make sure the funding is to be put toward the renewal. You can always e-mail us and request that your Adopt-A-Classroom order be applied toward your renewal.
Can I purchase additional licenses through Adopt-A-Classroom?
Only Classroom Premium Memberships (25 student licenses) may be purchased through Adopt-A-Classroom. If you need more than 25 licenses, once you receive notice that your Premium Membership has been activated, you may purchase additional licenses (a minimum of five) by logging into your account and selecting Licenses & Orders from your Premium Teacher Toolbox. Additional licenses may be purchased using a credit card, PayPal or a purchase order.