REYNOLDS EXPANSION OF TECHSMART CLASSROOMS ACROSS REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOLS Reynolds School District GRANT: $1,225,270 TOTAL PROJECT: $2,706,979
The purpose of the Reynolds High School Expansion project is to replicate and integrate the accomplishments of the initial TechSmart grant for all content areas at Reynolds High School and Reynolds Learning Academy. Through the initial MHCRC grant, there have been noticeable gains in middle school math credit attainment as well as student satisfaction and engagement. The combined functionality of the grant-funded teacher and student devices and Schoology will foster teachers’ abilities to implement constructivist classroom methods to differentiate learning.
REYNOLDS TRANSFORMATION to CONSTRUCTIVIST CLASSROOMS in SECONDARY MATH
Reynolds School District
TOTAL PROJECT: $2,695,396
The TechSmart Initiative grant investment at Reynolds is laser focused on significantly increasing the number of students who have earned core math credits by the end of 9th grade – a critical factor on the way to successful high school graduation. Currently less than half of Reynolds students have earned six or more credits by 9th Grade and freshman math is the most frequently failed class. The grant specifically targets strengthening math instruction and increasing student engagement in mathematics through technology-rich instruction. The grant provides math teacher supports and classroom technology at the three middle schools and in 9th grade at Reynolds high school. The grant also provides technology for implementation of the Project Lead the Way curriculum, a STEM-based, nationwide education program.
Read the Reynolds Transformation to Contstructivist Classrooms in Secondary Math project plan. October 2015: The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) handed the Reynolds School Board and Superintendent Florence a $1.3 million dollar check at the October Board meeting to fund critical teacher supports towards creating technology-rich learning for 6th-9th Grade mathematics. The grant was made available under the MHCRC’s TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.
MHCRC MEMBERS, REYNOLDS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND REYNOLDS SUPERINTENDENT LINDA FLORENCE CELEBRATE THE TECHSMART INITIATIVE GRANT OF OVER $1.3 MILLION AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, OCTOBER 15, 2015.
“The MHCRC is thrilled to invest, along with so many others in the community, in Reynolds’ 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 MHCRC TechSmart Initiative, the District will gain critical resources to discover how to best use technology in teaching and learning.”
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.