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Vol. 45, No. 101
Nov. 4, 2011


Seven Technology Grants Awarded for Math and Communication Arts Instruction

Funding will help provide new lessons and laptops

Six school districts and one charter school in Missouri will share more than $600,000 in federal grant money to help them increase the use of technology in teaching math and communication arts, state education officials announced today.  

The schools will receive about $85,000 each to purchase laptop computers and develop lesson plans for the new common core math and communication art standards adopted last year by the State Board of Education.  The lessons will combine learning at school with learning at home through online assignments, activities and discussions.

"Teachers are using technology every day to expand and enhance the ways students learn," said Margie Vandeven, assistant commissioner for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  "These grants will allow educators to further develop the way they use computers to teach math and communication arts and increase learning opportunities for students inside and outside the classroom."

Grants were awarded to:

    • Savannah R-III School District, Savannah                 
    • Community R-VI School District, Laddonia
    • Fort Osage R-I School District, Independence       
    • Carondelet Leadership Academy, St. Louis
    • Bolivar R-I School District, Bolivar                                                   
    • Dallas County R-I School District, Buffalo
    • Gideon School District, Gideon

Grant recipients were chosen by the state department of education based on proposals submitted by each district.  Those proposals outlined how the schools would use additional technology to improve instruction in math and communication arts and extend learning beyond the regular school day.  Sixty-five Missouri school districts applied for the competitive grants.

The "Enhancing Education Through Technology" Title II grants will provide funding to purchase laptop computers that students can use at home.  "Air cards" that connect the computers to the internet will be provided for students who do not have internet access. 

Funds for teacher training and stipends for educators developing the lessons are also included in the grant.  The lesson plans developed for the new math and communication arts standards will be made available to schools across the state.