Centennial School District
MATH AND SCIENCE INTEGRATED PROJECT-BASED LEARNING PROJECT
TOTAL PROJECT: $1,204,859
The Centennial School District MHCRC TechSmart Initiative grant project plans to scale project-based learning instruction over four school years to develop a cohesive, technology-rich, integrated math and science curriculum for 7-9th grade students. The project aims to increase math and science credit attainment in 9th grade and close the achievement gaps between student groups. During school year 2018-2019, A small cohort of experienced teachers, along with a full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Coach, are piloting ways to integrate math and science learning using digital resources and technology, with full implementation over four school years. The $1.2 million grant supports the STEM Coach, project-based learning professional development for teachers, and classroom technology.
Funds for the TechSmart Initiative derive from the cable services franchises negotiated by the MHCRC with Comcast, Frontier, CenturyLink and Reliance Connects. The cable companies pay three percent of their gross revenues for video services in Multnomah County to support community uses of cable system technology, including funding for the MHCRC’s Community Grants program. Cable companies enter into franchise agreements in order to use the public right of way for their business purposes.