03-23-2010 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #41


Title
Enhancing Education Through Technology EETT II Title II, part D

Discussion

Title II, part D - Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT II) Competitive Grant(s) "Charting a course for digital Science, Technology, Engineering and Math 21st Century Classrooms."

The focus of the three proposals (totaling $2,250,000) is to assist teachers in grades 5, 7, and 9 with the delivery of curricula content in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics while seamlessly integrating digital technologies, all aligned to the Next Generation of Sunshine State Standards NGSSS. There is a direct correlation between math and science therefore, both math and science teachers will be targeted for inclusion in these grants.   The goal is to assist in the transformation of the targeted classrooms into a 21st Century learning environment where students are actively engaged in authentic learning activities.  With this funding BPS intends to provide digital technologies such as portable digital computing devices, netbooks, scientific probe-ware, digital microscopes, video conferencing capacity, web-based collaboration, student responders, web-based access to Math and Science content resources, engineering kits, and extensive professional development.  Ongoing support, mentoring, and modeling for and with the teachers in the classroom will allow for the advancement of STEM instruction and student achievement. 

As required the grants must target schools having an FLDOE - DA designation.  After careful and extensive evaluation of data it was decided that the most effective implementation would be delivery of the STEM program within feeder school patterns.  This approach will allow systemic change to occur within the feeder schools needing the greatest assistance beginning with Correct II schools.  Grades 5th, 7th and 9th within the feeder schools will be targeted as follows:

Proposal One:  Cocoa Feeder $750,000: Cocoa High, Clearlake Middle, McNair Middle, Endeavour Elementary, Cambridge Elementary.

Proposal Two:  Bayside Feeder $750,000: Bayside High, Southwest Middle, Turner Elementary, Westside Elementary, Jupiter Elementary

Proposal Three:  Palm Bay Feeder $750,000: Palm Bay High, Stone Middle, Palm Bay Elementary, Riveria Elementary, University Park Elementary

This grant does not require a district match.  District personnel will manager one or more of the grants upon funding.



Recommendation

Seek approval to write and submit the grants by the deadline of April 8th.



Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 3/23/2010

Authority for Action
General duties and powers of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
10-11$750,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
10-11$750,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
10-11$750,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact

Stephen Muzzy, Assistant Superintendent of Information Technology Division ext. 700

Matt Frey, Manager Office of Educational Technology ext. 730

Robin Ward, State and Federal Projects Resource Teacher ext. 348