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Funding Us. — Tips and Resources

1.Educator Effectiveness Block Grants

LEAs have until 2026 to spend the 2021-22 apportionments. 


Here's a couple of highlights from the allowable use of funds for administrators (as well as teachers and paraeducators)


Coaching and mentoring of staff serving in an instructional setting; coaching systems organized around social-emotional learning, including, but not limited to, promoting  self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and responsible decision-making skills.Check it out. It is fully aligned with the outcomes from Us.


2.Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund I — Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) Timeline: March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2022 


Funding Amount: $1,482,575,514 Allowable uses include (but are not limited to): 

● Activities to address unique needs of low-income students, children with disabilities, English learners, foster youth, and other vulnerable student populations 

● Purchasing educational technology

● Planning for long term closures 

● Mental health support 

● Summer school and after school programs 

● Funds for principals to address local needs 

● Other activities to continue school operations and employment of existing staff 


3.Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund I — CARES Act Timeline: March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2022 Funding Amount: $355,227,235 


Allowable uses include (but are not limited to): 

● Learning supports – before/after school programs focused on addressing learning loss

● Expanded learning – extending the school year or day, or otherwise generally increasing the amount of instructional time/services provided 

● Additional academic services – diagnostic assessments, intensive instruction, additional instructional materials 

● Integrated pupil supports – health, counseling, mental health services, social, and emotional learning 

● Professional development 


4.California Assembly Bill 86 In-Person Instruction Expenditure Deadline: August 31, 2022 Funding Amount: $2,000,000,000 


Funds may be used for any purpose consistent with providing in-person instruction, including COVID-19 testing. 

July 2021 California Transformative Social and Emotional Learning Funding Sources

● Cleaning 

● PPE 

● Ventilation and other school site upgrades

● Salaries 

● Social and mental health support services


5. California Assembly Bill 86 Expanded Learning Opportunities Expenditure Deadline: August 31, 2022 Funding Amount: $4,557,443,000 


As part of a learning recovery program, funds are to be used for supplemental instruction and support, including: 

● Expanded learning – extending the school year or day, or otherwise generally increasing the amount of instructional time/services provided 

● Learning supports – tutoring or similar small group instruction, learning recovery programs, training on accelerated learning strategies 

● Integrated pupil supports – health, counseling, mental health services, social and emotional learning 

● Community learning hubs – includes access to technology and connectivity 

● Support to help credit deficient pupils graduate 

● Additional academic services – diagnostic assessments, progress monitoring

 ● Training for school staff – social-emotional health, academic needs 


6.It is expected that there will be additional funding for TSEL/SEL in the Governor’s May Revise Budget as well. Stay Tuned!


Mickey Porter

I'm Mickey and I'm a Certified Dare to Lead™ facilitator. I've coached leaders across the country through the Dare to Lead™ curriculum. Supporting women leaders is my passion. It’s my “why”. Facilitating Us. has been the highlight of a long career in leadership. My career has included some amazing opportunities to lead and partner with people to make a difference. I know the impact of leadership. I also know the personal challenges and limitations that leaders face. My goal in working with leaders is to help them to see in practical, usable ways that “who they are is how they lead”. Whether it’s personal exploration through coaching, facilitating a tough conversation, or speaking to a packed auditorium, encouraging self awareness as leaders is  ALWAYS at the core of my work.


My work is anchored in years of experience and my never-ending exploration of leadership ideas, theories, and practical strategies that are out in the world. I love learning and thinking about what matters to leaders. Listening to what is important to others; what they want for themselves and the people they lead - ahhh! Yes. That’s what I love.

"Through the Us. experience, I found myself a member of a small group of thoughtful, committed female leaders who shared my commitment to change the world. Mickey Porter's facilitation reconnected me to my own values, and provided valuable practices which are now enabling me to use my energy more efficiently in achieving important goals." 

— Dr. Amie Carter, Assistant Superintendent Novato Unified

The full impact of Us. has slowly been dawning on me over the two months that have elapsed since I participated. I navigate the same kinds of situations as I have for decades, but I see them differently, I respond more honestly, and I am prepared to take more of the risks necessary to move gender role dynamics forward. Us. was a true growing experience. — Kirsten, School Site Administrator


"After experiencing Us, I'm seeing issues of power, sexism, leadership and equity in my everyday work quite differently. I made connections with powerful female colleagues in such a short amount of time, through honest conversation and common experiences. I have continued to nurture these relationships and feel so grateful for the opportunity. Thank you!" — Us. Attendee

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