ERIC Number: EJ705019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul-1
Reference Count: 3
Preloading Professional Development to Ensure Potential Success
Bradburn, Frances Bryant
T.H.E. Journal, v31 n12 p22 Jul 2004
When a state makes the decision to award a small number of high-dollar grants, the stakes are considerable. For North Carolina's IMPACT Model School Grant applicants, professional development started long before a single dollar was ever awarded. In light of these conditions, the state decided to issue a high-dollar, highly prescriptive grant, the IMPACT Model School Grant. The model itself is based on "The North Carolina Educational Technology Plan" (http://tps.dpi.state.nc. us/Tech2000rev). Based on the research to date, the model outlines the infrastructure, hardware, software, professional development and personnel necessary to implement an effective technology program at the building level. The linchpin of the model's success is personnel--a certified instructional technology facilitator who works in partnership with the school's existing library media specialist, as well as a building-level technician and/or technology assistant. It is a collaborative model, one in which the instructional technology facilitator and school library media specialist plan with teachers in a technology-rich, resource-rich instructional environment. The grant funded the implementation of the model--as outlined in the technology plan--at the optimum level.
Descriptors: Grants, Coordinators, Computer Software, Professional Development, Technology Planning, Educational Technology, School Libraries, Media Specialists, Statewide Planning, Models, Cooperation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina