ERIC Number: ED429585
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
Connected Learning Communities: Findings from the Road Ahead Program, 1995-1997.
Bielefeldt, Talbot; Moursund, David; Underwood, Siobhan; Underwood, Daniel
This report summarizes findings and recommendations from the Road Ahead Program (1995-1997) of the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE), a nonprofit foundation of the National Education Association and funded by Bill Gates, cofounder and CEO of Microsoft Corporation. Twenty-two sites in 15 states were selected by the NFIE. The essential elements of the Road Ahead included: (1) school-community partnerships, (2) a $30,000 grant to each site, (3) three conferences, (4) a teacher mentor assigned to each site, (5) an online network, and (6) Microsoft software. Evaluation surveys focused on two fundamental questions: (1) To what extent were sites able to implement their programs and achieve their explicit objectives? (2) What effects did the Road Ahead model have on the four areas of concern--student learning, professional development, technology use, and systemic change? Findings are discussed in this report in terms of each of these four areas. Factors that helped and hindered the program, program support, and recommendation are also discussed. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, Professional Development, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, School Community Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, OR.