Thursday, July 31, 2008

Classrooms for the Future Awards Announced

The PA Department of Education today announced the Classrooms for the Future grant awards for the 2008-09 school year. Keystone High School will receive $45,413 in additional CFF funding. We will also receive $30,000 to pay for costs associated with our CFF coaching position. (Last year we were awarded $157,107 in CFF funding plus the $30,000 coaching money.)

Although the $45,000 is much less than what we applied and hoped for, it will certainly help us provide Grades 11 and 12 core classrooms with projectors, whiteboards, and other "smart" equipment. In my opinion, access to this equipment fundamentally changes the way teachers teach and today's students learn. Last year's CFF funding purchased smart classrooms for Grades 9 and 10 as well as 102 student MacBooks.

CFF teachers are required to complete two online professional development courses. Last year's CFF teachers are nearly completed with "The Need for Change" course and will enroll in the subject-specific technology integration courses in the fall. Year 2 CFF teachers opted to begin "The Need for Change" course this summer, before we were assured of funding!

Since the $45 million included in this year's Pennsylvania budget is half the amount requested by Governor Rendell, the Department of Education is hopeful that the additional $45 million will be included in next year's budget.

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