E-rate Training

Fall 2020/2021 E-rate Training in Kansas

This year, as you know, has presented many challenges to us personally and to our school districts. I hope that you all are doing well and staying healthy!!

So, without further ado, below are the Fall E-rate trainings we will be presenting this year to you all via ZOOM!

Video training sessions will be provided by Don Dietrich of BTU Consultants to explain the opportunities and requirements of the E-Rate program for KS schools.

There will be two versions of the training, Beginner and Advanced. One of each training will be offered on the following dates, with the Beginners Sessions running from 9am-11am and Advanced Sessions running from 1pm-3pm on November 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th. We have set the trainings up in the portal so you can attend one session of each if you so choose since there will not be any in-person sessions available this year. We want to make sure you have access to all of the relevant information.

Training at each location will include the topics below:

Beginner Session:

  • Overview of the E-rate program
  • Benefits and requirements of participation
  • First time login and registration
  • Finding your way around the SLD websites
  • Step-by-step examples of the current application process
  • Finding your E-Rate history
  • Form 470 and RFP Form 471
  • Q&A session for individual assistance

Advanced Session:

  • Recent changes and developments
  • COVID filing window follow-up
  • Category 2 Budgets and requirements Pre-Commitment tasks
    • Form 470 and RFP requirements and examples
    • Form 471 details and examples
    • PIA Review
  • Post-Commitment tasks
    • Form 500 and other changes
    • Form 498, BEARs and Discounts
    • Record keeping and Audit Preparation
  • Q&A session for individual assistance

Handouts will be available online prior to the sessions.


You MUST sign up for the sessions on the KSDE Training Portal. Most of you who attended in previous years should already have accounts set up in the training portal.

Steps for Enrollment

  1. Visit the KSDE Training Portal: https://learning.ksde.org/login/index.php
  2. Click: Log In OR
  3. Click: Create new account - Fill in all fields including Contact Information
  4. Training Portal will send a confirmation email – Click Confirm
  5. Log in to the KSDE Training Portal
  6. Click: Site Home or search E-Rate Training
  7. Click: E-Rate Training
  8. Click: E-rate Training FY2021
  9. Click: Select the Session you wish to attend
  10. Click: Sign Up

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me a spalubinski@ksde.org. If you have any issues signing up for the session or logging in, please contact our training portal administrator at mscott@ksde.org.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Palubinski, Kansas K-12 E-rate Coordinator, at spalubinski@ksde.org or 785-296-3575. We look forward to seeing you all on this Fall’s E-Rate Tour!!!

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Email: erate@ksde.org

To accommodate people with disabilities, on request, auxiliary aides and services will be provided and reasonable modifications to policies and programs will be made. To request accommodations or for more information please contact the Office of General Counsel at ogc@ksde.org or by 785-296-3204.