Mill Park and Menlo Park Elementary Technology Integration Project
TOTAL PROJECT: $2,341,715
David Douglas School District (DDSD) received a second boost toward closing the achievement gap with a $1.3 million MHCRC TechSmart Initiative grant. The District is building on learnings from its first TechSmart Initiative grant at Earl Boyles Elementary School. Through extensive data analysis, DDSD identified math proficiency as a primary barrier to students graduating high school. With support from the grant, the District is a focusing on elementary math instruction at Mill Park and Menlo Park elementary schools, which have declining proficiency rates for 3-5th grade math. To bolster math instruction, the Elementary Math Curriculum Adoption Team is moving forward with a supplemental, digital math curriculum and classroom technology, supported by a full-time, on-site Technology Integration Coach shared between the two schools, and additional professional learning for teachers.
Earl Boyles Early Learning Technology Integration Project– Grant Closed
EARL BOYLES EARLY LEARNING TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION PROJECT
TOTAL PROJECT: $1,687,078
Focused on Kindergarten Readiness and Third Grade Reading student success indicators, the TechSmart grant provides critical teacher supports towards creating a technology-rich early learning program at Earl Boyles Elementary School. The project will serve as a learning lab for identifying effective PreK-3rd grade learning and teaching strategies that take full advantage of the interactivity and media-rich opportunities available with online curriculum and 1-to-1 student device ratios.
MHCRC TechSmart Initiative Funds Technology-Rich Learning at Earl Boyles School and Learning Center
August 14, 2014: The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) handed the David Douglas School District Board a nearly $1 million dollar check at its August meeting to fund critical teacher supports towards creating a technology-rich early learning program at Earl Boyles Elementary School and the new Early Learning Center. David Douglas School District received one of two inaugural grants of the MHCRC’s TechSmart Initiative.
The Earl Boyles Early Learning Technology Integration Project focuses on Kindergarten Readiness and Third Grade Reading student success indicators of the All Hands Raised Partnership. The project will serve as a learning lab for identifying effective PreK-3rd grade learning and teaching strategies that take full advantage of the interactivity and media-rich opportunities available with online curriculum and 1-to-1 student device ratios.
In addition to the $939,923 grant, the MHCRC TechSmart Initiative has partnered with Portland State University to provide David Douglas School District with evaluation resources to identify teaching strategies and practices that effectively improve academic outcomes for all students in the PreK-3rd grades. The MHCRC, PSU and the District plan to share learnings about effective instruction with other school districts in Multnomah County.
“The MHCRC is thrilled to invest, along with so many others in the community, in Earl Boyles’ effort to develop learning environments and strategies that truly support academic achievement for all students,” said Carol Studenmund, MHCRC Chair and Multnomah County representative. “Through the TechSmart Initiative, the District will gain critical resources to discover how to best use technology in teaching and learning.”
September 2014: MHCRC members joined with fellow community leaders to celebrate the grand opening of the new Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center at Earl Boyles. The MHCRC was recognized as a significant project partner at the grand opening celebration and was honored with a conference room and two observation rooms named after the MHCRC and the TechSmart initiative. For more about the event click here.
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.