Wednesday, March 19, 2008

You're Invited to "Flip the Switch!"


KNOX – On Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m., local legislators will join school administrators, school board members, local business leaders, parents, community members, and students at Keystone High School to “Flip the Switch” and officially launch its Classrooms for the Future (CFF) program. CFF teachers and students will demonstrate technology-rich activities that teach 21st Century skills and help students meet state and national standards. The event is open to the public.

Keystone School District was awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Education Classrooms for the Future grant to increase student achievement and success by providing state-of-the-art equipment and enhanced teacher staff development. Keystone School District has been awarded a $157,100 grant in order to transform its ninth and tenth grade core subject area classrooms (English, math, science, and social studies) through this project. Keystone School District was the only District in Clarion County to receive the grant for the 2007-08 school year. During the current school year, approximately 200 students will benefit from this initiative.

Funds were used to install seven smart classrooms that include projection systems and interactive whiteboards, as well as four laptop carts with 25 Macbooks each, teacher laptops, digital cameras, video cameras, and printer/scanners. An additional $30,000 was earmarked for a technology coach who provides staff development and support to CFF teachers and students.

Classrooms for the Future is Governor Edward G. Rendell’s initiative to put a laptop on every high school English, math, science, and social studies desk and to provide teachers with a multimedia workstation and intensive training to enhance education. By the end of the current school year, Classrooms for the Future’s $130 million investment will have reached 356,611 students and purchased more than 100,000 laptops. The 2008-09 budget provides $90 million for equipment and $20 million for intensive teacher training to continue expanding the program.

For more information, please contact:
Julie Lander, KHS secretary, at (814) 797-1261 x131

CFF Leadership Team:
Dr. Jean Atkin Gool, Superintendent, Keystone School District
Vicky Walters, Principal, Keystone High School
Jonathan Maddy, Assistant Principal, Keystone High School
Barb Witkowski, Instructional Technology Specialist, Keystone School District
Sharon Geary, Classrooms for the Future Coach, Keystone High School

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