Relief Funding and Alma

Unlike legacy SIS, Alma qualifies for ESSER funding. Here’s how:

Headline boiling ESSER language down simply

Allowable usage of relief funding:

Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population

Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Phone accessible - Alma Now mobile app

Allows parents and students to securely access their portal from any device, whether issued by the school or a household personal device through Alma's mobile-optimized platform, AlmaNow. Lower income households often only have phone access.

Competency-based / Standards-based grading

Alma's best-in-class competency gradebook allows guardians and students to understand what skills the students are learning and where the students are at against those skills

Surveys and Wellness checks

Alma's flexible Survey tool allows customers to send surveys, such as daily wellness checks, to their entire learning community right from the platform.

Embedded online classroom links

Alma allows easy access to remote classes for students by integrating with a variety of remote meeting platforms

Schedules and grading scales

As learning modalities change, Alma's flexible platform allows schedules and grading scales to be adjusted mid-term, without affecting historical records. Scheduling information is visible and accessible to all administrators, teachers, staff, and households. This is particularly useful during times when frequent schedule adjustments are necessary.

Engagement tracking - Attendance taking online by class or time spent learning

Allows teachers, students and households to take attendance remotely based on class appearance and/or amount of time spent studying assyncroniously. All attendance approaches can be calculated and rolled up into compliant state reports generated with Alma's State Reporting Tool.

Multi-lingual student/parent app and portal

Allows parents and guardians to select their language of choice in the student and parent portal, AlmaStart

Classroom dashboard

Classroom dashboards put all necessary information in one place. Instructors, students and parents all use Alma to access attendance, online classroom links, bulletin board messages and up-to-the-minute information about upcoming and recently assigned lessons.

Communication tools

Alma's built-in communications tools allow educators to communicate with students, parents, and other staff from within the platform. Parents can message teachers from their portlal and even emergency alerts are managed within Alma.

Attendance and missing assignment alerts means school staff spend less time in email and more time working with students. All of these tools can be utilized remotely by all parties

Seating charts

Allows teachers and administrators to virtually arrange the room, so as to properly space students, track contact and visually take attendance within Alma's seating chart platform

Tags for student grouping

Allows group of students by any designation chosen by the school or district. Tags in Alma allow for better tracking of students and better educational interaction with that group.

Activities

Alma allows flexible attendance taking and tracking of student whereabouts for supplemental and after-school programs

Built in Curriculum Management

Alma's curricular tools allow for management and curation of grade level units and lessons - either alinged to standards or not - that can be shared across classes and teachers.

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Activities to address the unique needs of low-income children or students, children with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, students experiencing homelessness, and foster care youth, including how outreach and service delivery will meet the needs of each population”

Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Embedded online classroom links

Alma allows easy access to remote classes for students by integrating with a variety of remote meeting platforms

Multi-lingual student/parent app and portal

Allows parents and guardians to select their language of choice in the student and parent portal, AlmaStart

Classroom dashboard

Classroom dashboards put all necessary information in one place. Instructors, students and parents all use Alma to access attendance, online classroom links, bulletin board messages and up-to-the-minute information about upcoming and recently assigned lessons.

Communication tools

Alma's built-in communications tools allow educators to communicate with students, parents, and other staff from within the platform. Parents can message teachers from their portlal and even emergency alerts are managed within Alma.

Attendance and missing assignment alerts means school staff spend less time in email and more time working with students. All of these tools can be utilized remotely by all parties

Tags for student grouping

Allows group of students by any designation chosen by the school or district. Tags in Alma allow for better tracking of students and better educational interaction with that group.

Activities

Alma allows flexible attendance taking and tracking of student whereabouts for supplemental and after-school programs

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Purchasing educational technology (hardware, software, and connectivity) for students, that aids in the regular and substantive educational interaction between students and their classroom instructors, including low-income students and students with disabilities, which may include assistive or adaptive technology”

Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Phone accessible - Alma Now mobile app

Allows parents and students to securely access their portal from any device, whether issued by the school or a household personal device through Alma's mobile-optimized platform, AlmaNow. Lower income households often only have phone access.

Online assignment submission

Teachers can easily allow "online turn-in" as needed through Alma's Assignment Turn-In feature. Students submit through their Alma portal - it all stays within the platform.

Surveys and Wellness checks

Alma's flexible Survey tool allows customers to send surveys, such as daily wellness checks, to their entire learning community right from the platform.

Embedded online classroom links

Alma allows easy access to remote classes for students by integrating with a variety of remote meeting platforms

Engagement tracking - Attendance taking online by class or time spent learning

Allows teachers, students and households to take attendance remotely based on class appearance and/or amount of time spent studying assyncroniously. All attendance approaches can be calculated and rolled up into compliant state reports generated with Alma's State Reporting Tool.

Classroom dashboard

Classroom dashboards put all necessary information in one place. Instructors, students and parents all use Alma to access attendance, online classroom links, bulletin board messages and up-to-the-minute information about upcoming and recently assigned lessons.

Communication tools

Alma's built-in communications tools allow educators to communicate with students, parents, and other staff from within the platform. Parents can message teachers from their portlal and even emergency alerts are managed within Alma.

Attendance and missing assignment alerts means school staff spend less time in email and more time working with students. All of these tools can be utilized remotely by all parties

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Summer learning and supplemental after-school programs, including providing classroom instruction or online learning during the summer months and addressing the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care”

Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Phone accessible - Alma Now mobile app

Allows parents and students to securely access their portal from any device, whether issued by the school or a household personal device through Alma's mobile-optimized platform, AlmaNow. Lower income households often only have phone access.

Online assignment submission

Teachers can easily allow "online turn-in" as needed through Alma's Assignment Turn-In feature. Students submit through their Alma portal - it all stays within the platform.

Embedded online classroom links

Alma allows easy access to remote classes for students by integrating with a variety of remote meeting platforms

Schedules and grading scales

As learning modalities change, Alma's flexible platform allows schedules and grading scales to be adjusted mid-term, without affecting historical records. Scheduling information is visible and accessible to all administrators, teachers, staff, and households. This is particularly useful during times when frequent schedule adjustments are necessary.

Classroom dashboard

Classroom dashboards put all necessary information in one place. Instructors, students and parents all use Alma to access attendance, online classroom links, bulletin board messages and up-to-the-minute information about upcoming and recently assigned lessons.

Tags for student grouping

Allows group of students by any designation chosen by the school or district. Tags in Alma allow for better tracking of students and better educational interaction with that group.

Activities

Alma allows flexible attendance taking and tracking of student whereabouts for supplemental and after-school programs

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Other activities that are necessary to maintain the operation and continuity of services in LEAs and to continuing the employment of their existing staff”

Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Surveys and Wellness checks

Alma's flexible Survey tool allows customers to send surveys, such as daily wellness checks, to their entire learning community right from the platform.

Embedded online classroom links

Alma allows easy access to remote classes for students by integrating with a variety of remote meeting platforms

Schedules and grading scales

As learning modalities change, Alma's flexible platform allows schedules and grading scales to be adjusted mid-term, without affecting historical records. Scheduling information is visible and accessible to all administrators, teachers, staff, and households. This is particularly useful during times when frequent schedule adjustments are necessary.

Engagement tracking - Attendance taking online by class or time spent learning

Allows teachers, students and households to take attendance remotely based on class appearance and/or amount of time spent studying assyncroniously. All attendance approaches can be calculated and rolled up into compliant state reports generated with Alma's State Reporting Tool.

Classroom dashboard

Classroom dashboards put all necessary information in one place. Instructors, students and parents all use Alma to access attendance, online classroom links, bulletin board messages and up-to-the-minute information about upcoming and recently assigned lessons.

Communication tools

Alma's built-in communications tools allow educators to communicate with students, parents, and other staff from within the platform. Parents can message teachers from their portlal and even emergency alerts are managed within Alma.

Attendance and missing assignment alerts means school staff spend less time in email and more time working with students. All of these tools can be utilized remotely by all parties

Activities

Alma allows flexible attendance taking and tracking of student whereabouts for supplemental and after-school programs

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“Addressing learning loss among all students in all subgroups, including by:

  • Administering high-quality, reliable assessments that can assess student academic progress and assist educators in meeting student needs, including by using differentiated instruction.
  • Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.
  • Providing information and assistance to parents and families on ways to support students.
  • Tracking student performance and engagement in distance learning environments. CRRSA Act Section 313(d)(12)”
Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Phone accessible - Alma Now mobile app

Allows parents and students to securely access their portal from any device, whether issued by the school or a household personal device through Alma's mobile-optimized platform, AlmaNow. Lower income households often only have phone access.

Competency-based / Standards-based grading

Alma's best-in-class competency gradebook allows guardians and students to understand what skills the students are learning and where the students are at against those skills

Engagement tracking - Attendance taking online by class or time spent learning

Allows teachers, students and households to take attendance remotely based on class appearance and/or amount of time spent studying assyncroniously. All attendance approaches can be calculated and rolled up into compliant state reports generated with Alma's State Reporting Tool.

Tags for student grouping

Allows group of students by any designation chosen by the school or district. Tags in Alma allow for better tracking of students and better educational interaction with that group.

Built in Curriculum Management

Alma's curricular tools allow for management and curation of grade level units and lessons - either alinged to standards or not - that can be shared across classes and teachers.

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“ARP-ESSER III stipulates that 20% of funds distributed to LEA’s need to be provisioned to programs (summer school, tutoring, etc) aimed at mitigating learning loss and the tools needed to carry out/administer this programming”

Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Competency-based / Standards-based grading

Alma's best-in-class competency gradebook allows guardians and students to understand what skills the students are learning and where the students are at against those skills

Schedules and grading scales

As learning modalities change, Alma's flexible platform allows schedules and grading scales to be adjusted mid-term, without affecting historical records. Scheduling information is visible and accessible to all administrators, teachers, staff, and households. This is particularly useful during times when frequent schedule adjustments are necessary.

Seating charts

Allows teachers and administrators to virtually arrange the room, so as to properly space students, track contact and visually take attendance within Alma's seating chart platform

Allowable usage of relief funding:

“School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards and support student health needs. CRRSA Act Section 313(d)(13)”

Alma SolutionUnique Alma Impact

Engagement tracking - Attendance taking online by class or time spent learning

Allows teachers, students and households to take attendance remotely based on class appearance and/or amount of time spent studying assyncroniously. All attendance approaches can be calculated and rolled up into compliant state reports generated with Alma's State Reporting Tool.

Seating charts

Allows teachers and administrators to virtually arrange the room, so as to properly space students, track contact and visually take attendance within Alma's seating chart platform

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Schedule a chat with your regional Alma representative to go over your strategy to maximize available relief funding.