Overview

February 25
11AM PT, 2PM ET

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The need for robust technology infrastructure in K-12 education has never been more pressing. A global pandemic that sent faculty and students home and forced schools to turn to distance learning has undoubtedly accelerated online and hybrid models, more personalized learning, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
 
Funding these initiatives will be critical, but leaders may be unaware of the new sources available to them. Even familiar avenues of funding like E-rate can be overwhelming for districts who do not have dedicated staff to handle complicated application paperwork.
 
Join the Center for Digital Education and Cisco on February 25 at 11 a.m. Pacific/2 p.m. Eastern as our experts take a deep dive into critical funding opportunities to build a K-12 technology infrastructure for the future.
 
We’ll discuss:
- E-rate: Tips and tricks for tackling the application process
- CARES Act Funding: What remains and how you can spend it
- The Biden Stimulus Plan: The latest on what is coming   

Speakers

Stacey Arthur

Stacey Arthur

Public Funding Advisor, Cisco

Stacey joined Cisco nearly 13 years ago, working in public sector sales, marketing, and most recently in the public funding office. She currently supports Cisco’s U.S. public sector customers as well as Cisco internal and partner sales teams to explore and navigate funding programs that align with customer initiatives.

Prior to Stacey’s work with Cisco, she spent ten years in sales and sales management in the wireless telecommunications industry and has had a love for technology and serving customers ever since.
 
Stacey resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and holds a BA in English from the University of Utah. When not working, she enjoys interior design, High Fitness, and most of all, spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Hillary Hall

Hillary Hall

Public Funding Advisor, Cisco

Hillary Hall has been with Cisco for over 11 years, and has worked on the Public Funding team for the majority of that time. She has a background in communications and has emphasized work in grants and bonds during her tenure. Over the last year, Hillary has stayed up-to-date to become an expert on the available stimulus funding and funding streams that have rolled out due to the pandemic.

Vince Siragusa

Vince Siragusa

Public Funding Advisor, Cisco

Vince holds a B.A. in Economics and has focused on alternative funding strategies in public sector for over a decade.
 
While a Grants Development Consultant with Grants Office, LLC, he was a regular author and presenter for issues focused on public safety and homeland security. He was a monthly contributor to the Grants Office FUNDED publication and his articles on Interoperable Communications have been published in MissionCritical Communications.
 
Since 2012, as a Public Funding Advisor with Cisco Systems, Vince looks to leverage alternative funding sources that support strategic partnerships and long-term programmatic deployment across education and government.

Brandon Casement

Brandon Casement

Regional Manager SLED, Cisco Capital

Brandon is the Cisco Capital Regional Manager for the US Public Sector- SLED team. Brandon has been in PS finance for over 20 years supporting K-12, Higher Ed and State / Local across the country, and has a team of seven around the country to help support Cisco customers with their financing needs.

Kipp Bentley

Kipp Bentley — Moderator

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Education

Kipp Bentley focused his career in public education on providing powerful learning opportunities and resources to students and teachers. He has been a teacher, a librarian and a school district administrator. For many years he worked in leadership roles developing and supporting educational technology programs in Denver Public Schools. He has since gone on to write and consult on Ed Tech and remains committed to assisting educators in using technology tools to advance student learning.