Use ESSER Funds to Accelerate Student Achievement with EL Education

Schools and districts across the country are closing achievement opportunity gaps by pairing research-based, standards-aligned instructional materials with powerful professional learning. Federal ESSER funding is available to help close gaps widened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Great news for educators: EL Education's instructional materials and professional learning meet the ESSER funding criteria for addressing "learning loss."

Leaders who act fast–before September 30th, 2024–can commit to using ESSER funds in the coming years to partner with EL Education and accelerate student achievement together.

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Millions–or Even Billions–of State Allocated ESSER Dollars Remain Unspent

How Will You Use ESSER Funds to Accelerate Student Achievement?

Rigorous K-8 Language Arts Curriculum

Created by teachers, for teachers, EL Education’s K-8 Language Arts Curriculum closes academic opportunity gaps for students. It's standards-aligned, science-based, and engages students through complex texts, real-world concepts, and culturally affirming content. It is validated by rigorous third-party research showing excellent, equitable outcomes for students from diverse backgrounds.



Powerful Professional Learning

From online courses to onsite coaching, EL Education professional learning helps educators reach their highest aspirations. Research shows that it works: A rigorous study by Mathematica Policy Research finds that combining EL Education’s ELA curriculum and professional learning leads to higher student achievement. Work alongside our expert coaches to lift teacher practice in a range of areas, using improvement science to ensure excellent, equitable outcomes for all kids.


Nurture Students' Social-Emotional & Academic Needs

Educators who implement Crew see their students rise socially, emotionally, and academically. Not familiar with Crew yet? Crew is both a student advisory structure and a culture of deep belonging in EL Education schools, creating space for relationship building, academic progress monitoring, and character development. Contact us to bring Crew to your school or district.



Math Resources That Change Mindsets & Practices

It’s true that the NAEP and standardized math test results reveal alarming opportunity gaps for US students compared to other nations. Use our Math Resources & Coaching Services to transform math instruction so that all students become courageous, capable, curious math achievers.



Adopt Our Model for School Transformation

Work alongside EL Education coaches to implement our 38 Core Practices for reimagining instruction, assessment, curriculum, leadership, and culture to be more equitable and student-centered. Empower students to master Three Dimensions of Student Achievement and become contributors to a better world. See how our model closes academic opportunity gaps for students.


How can I take advantage of these funds to accelerate student achievement in my school or district before time runs out?

What are the associated deadlines for these funds?

ESSER I Funds (CARES Act): May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2022.

ESSER II FUND (CRRSA Act): May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2023.

ESSER III Funds (ARP Act): May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2024.

HEALS Act: May be used for pre-award costs dating back to March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2022.

Who is eligible for these funds?

  • A wide range of entities, including local education agencies (LEAs) and organizations serving students and families, may be “sub-recipients” of funds from the State Educational Agency (SEA) Reserve. A “sub-recipient” includes any entity that receives a sub-grant or contracts consistent with applicable State and Federal sub-grant and procurement standards. Entities interested in learning more about a SEA’s intended use of its reserve should contact the SEA. (Source: Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund)
  • A subset of the original CARES act, HEALS provided even more ESSER funding, with the provision that 10% be reserved for private schools. (Source: Heroes vs HEALS Act)

What can these funds be used for?

  • Educators can use ESSER funds for any “activity authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act,” which includes any activity or product aimed at addressing “learning loss,” from assessments, instructional materials, software, hardware, professional development, connectivity, teacher pay, and summer school activities. (Source: Use Your ESSER Funding for Professional Development)