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COVID-19 Education Relief Funds

Emergency relief funds for COVID-19 are designed to help districts and schools plan and implement evidence-based solutions that strengthen learning, accelerate achievement, and create equitable learning environments.

Background

Congress has passed several economic stimulus packages (CARES, CRRSA, and ARP) to help schools tackle immediate needs, provide continuity of learning, and plan and prepare for post-pandemic needs. The portion of stimulus funds that impact K–12 schools is known as ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief).

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What Funding Is Available?

The chart below provides an overview of the current economic relief bills and shows how the funds are distributed. More information is available at the U.S. Department of Education website.

CARES Act

CRRSA Act

ARP Act

Amount of Funding

$13 Billion

$54 Billion

$122 Billion

Spending Deadline

September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Allocation Methodology

Title I-A Formula

Title I-A Formula

Title I-A Formula

To learn more about your local funding, visit your state's department of education website.

How Can Funds Be Used?

Education leaders have flexibility to use these funds to best meet their individual circumstances. Allowable uses include instructional materials, educational software, professional learning, assessments, salaries, internet connectivity, and devices as well as summer-school and after-school activities. A portion of the funds must be used to implement evidence-based interventions to address learning loss.

Funding Priorities

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Accelerate the Path to Proficiency

While it is hard to predict the exact impact COVID-19 will have on learning, we can prepare for the challenges ahead and ensure students have access to the most effective, proven solutions to accelerate achievement. It is critical to differentiate and personalize instruction to engage students in whole groups, small groups, and individual settings.

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Grades

Evidence of Effectiveness

Ideal for

Learning Environments

Recommended Implementation Model(s)

Personalized, targeted literacy intervention

READ 180 Universal

3–12

Strong

Striving readers; English learners

  • Remote or Extended Learning
  • Summer Recovery
  • Early Start
  • Before and After School
  • “Push-In” to Core Instruction
  • Single Period (30–59 min/day)
  • Extended Single Period (60–70 min/day)
  • Double Period (80+ min/day)
  • Digital Access (20+ min/day)

Foundational reading intervention

System 44

3–12

Strong

Emergent readers; English learners; Students with dyslexia

  • Remote or Extended Learning
  • Summer Recovery
  • Early Start
  • Before and After School
  • “Push-In” to Core Instruction
  • Single Period (30–59 min/day)
  • Extended Single Period (60–70 min/day)
  • Double Period (80+ min/day)
  • Digital Access (20+ min/day)

A proven 1:1 reading tutor

Amira Practice

K–5

Strong

Emergent readers; Students at risk for reading failure; English learners

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Supplemental in Core Class Rotation
  • Extended Day
  • Summer School

Effective grade-level literacy practice

Waggle ELA

K–8

Demonstrates a Rationale

All learners

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Supplemental in Core Class Rotation
  • Extended Day
  • Summer School

A proven approach to writing proficiency

Writable3–12

Demonstrates a Rationale

All learners
  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Supplemental in Core Class Rotation
  • Extended Day
  • Summer School

Effective grade-level math practice

Waggle Math

K–8

Demonstrates a Rationale

All learners

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Supplemental in Core Class Rotation
  • Extended Day
  • Summer School

Personalized, targeted math intervention

MATH 180

5–12

Moderate

Students who struggle with mathematics

  • Remote or Extended Learning
  • Summer Recovery
  • Early Start
  • Before and After School
  • “Push-In” to Core Instruction
  • Shortened Period (30 min/day)
  • Multi-Block Series (45–55 min/day)
  • Double Period (90+ min/day)
  • Digital Access (20–30 min/day)

Accelerating language acquisition for multilingual learners

English 3D

4–12Promising

Multilingual learners making steady, expected progress in English; Long-term English learners (LTELs); Migrant students; Academic language learners

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Remote or Extended Learning
  • Summer Recovery
  • Early Start
  • Before and After School
  • Dedicated ELD/ELP/ELL/ESL/ESOL classes (45–60 mins/day)
  • Multi-Block Series (45–55 min/day)
  • Double Period (90+ min/day)
  • Shortened Period (30 min/day)
  • Digital Access (20–30 min/day)
  • Strategic English Support Classes
  • Extended Day
  • Summer School


Address Social and Emotional Needs

Leaders and teachers must continue to assess the extent to which the social-emotional needs of students are being addressed while also ensuring all students have equitable access to the kinds of learning experiences, strategies, and supports needed to be successful both in and out of school. It is now more urgent than ever to notice, empathize, and address students’ social and emotional well-being and, ultimately, their academic learning.

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Grades

Ideal for

Learning Environments

Recommended Implementation Model(s)

Social and emotional learning

Hero Academy

Pre-K–4

All learners

  • In person
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Independent Reading
  • Shared Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Read-Aloud

Social and emotional learning

A Chance in the World

8–12

All learners

  • In person
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Community Read
  • Summer Reading Option


Assess to Identify Student Needs

Assessment plays a key role in providing teachers and administrators with the data they need to carefully plan and deliver instruction. Educators will increasingly need to leverage a variety of formative assessment options to obtain data that can inform instruction.

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Grades

Ideal for

Learning Environments

Recommended Implementation Model(s)

Quickly screening students for dyslexia or reading difficulties

Amira Dyslexia Risk Screener

K–3

Emergent readers; Students at risk for reading failure; All learners including Spanish speakers

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid

1x/year

Automated oral reading fluency assessment without bias

Amira Oral Reading Fluency Assessment

K–5

Emergent readers; Students at risk for reading failure; English learners

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid

3x/year
(Fall, Winter, Spring)

Growth measures to build the right instructional plan

Reading Growth Measure

2–11

All learners including Spanish speakers

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid

3x/year
(Fall, Winter, Spring)

Growth measures to build the right instructional plan

Math Growth Measure

K–12

All learners including Spanish speakers

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid

3x/year
(Fall, Winter, Spring)



Leverage High-Quality Curricula

Now more than ever, schools need to leverage high-quality curricula to help take some of the load off students, teachers, and families and caregivers. It is important to implement instructional programs that provide a coherent and cohesive experience designed to keep students engaged and empower teachers.

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Grades

Evidence of Effectiveness

Ideal for

Learning Environments

Recommended Implementation Model(s)

Equitable access to high-quality instructional materials from a single digital hub

HMH Connected Teaching and Learning System

K–12

Demonstrates a rationale

All learners

  • In person
  • Remote
  • Hybrid
  • Summer Learning
  • Core class use
  • Whole group, small group, individualized learning
  • Full-year instruction plan and pacing


Build and Expand Educator Capacity

The need to empower educators through comprehensive, research-based professional learning across technology, pedagogy, content, and social and emotional learning has grown immensely due to the shifting education climate. By providing teachers with professional learning that is personalized and sustainable, school leaders can ensure their teachers receive knowledge, practice, and support in the areas where it is most needed to improve student learning outcomes.

HMH is proud to be recognized as an organization that provides the best curriculum-aligned professional learning services and to be included in the Professional Learning Partner Guide (PLPG) from Rivet Education. Similar to the curriculum reviews published by EdReports, the PLPG is a searchable database of highly recommended professional learning partners with the expertise to support the implementation of high-quality instructional materials.

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Grades

Ideal for

Learning Environments

Strategic planning to build executive and instructional leaders

International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE)

K–12

District and School Leadership Teams; Professional Learning Communities (PLCs); Grade Level Teams; Instructional Coaches

  • Strategic Planning Roundtables
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Live Online Courses and Instructional Coaching
  • Onsite Active Learning
  • Keynotes & Events

Personalized professional development and coaching across learning environments

Literacy Solutions

K–12

Grade Level Teams; Professional Learning Communities (PLCs); Instructional Coaches

  • Live Online Courses
  • Live Online Instructional Coaching

Personalized professional development and coaching across learning environments

Math Solutions

K–12

Grade Level Teams; Professional Learning Communities (PLCs); Instructional Coaches

  • Live Online Courses
  • Live Online Instructional Coaching

HMH program-specific resources (on-demand and live remote sessions)

Teacher’s Corner

K–12

Teachers; Instructional Coaches

  • Live Online Events
  • On-Demand Tips and Resources

COVID-19 Resources for Educators

Learn how our solutions can be tailored to help you recover from interrupted schooling.

HMH Grant Support

Need assistance in developing grant responses that include HMH solutions?

Sample Grant Narrative: We provide sample descriptive language about HMH programs and services to assist you and your leadership team in preparing and completing the narrative section(s) of your grant application. Contact your HMH Account Executive for more information.