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E-Rate Bid Evaluations and Contracts
February 16 @ 3:30 pm - 4:15 pmFree
A key part of the E-Rate process is the selection of a vendor to provide eligible E-Rate services. This session will guide applicants through the steps of developing and implementing audit-proof evaluations that reliably select the best vendor for your needs. Participants will be provided sample bid evaluations, award/non-award letters, and tips for handling bid protests and post-award meeting requests. This session will also provide applicants with key tips for developing contracts that not only meet the requirements for E-Rate, but also protect their school or library’s interests.
Mindy Fiscus is the Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center. She has 20 years of educational technology experience in IL. In her current role, she also serves as one of the IL State E-rate Coordinators, board member and IL representative to the State Technology Directors’ Association. She supports districts with the application process for E-rate, a federal program focused on providing cost-effective internet access and network equipment for schools and libraries. She also supports state and federal initiatives related to implementing personalized, research-based digital learning strategies and identifying exemplary sources of digital content. Mindy serves as a member of the Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative, a partnership with ISBE, DoIT and the IL Governor’s office. She works out of the ROE 12 office in Robinson, IL.