Mason, MI (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
As the leader in 1:1 technology implementation research, Project RED has made a commitment to bring its research practices to action. As part of this commitment, the organization has selected five additional districts to become Project RED Signature Districts. Through a competitive application process, these districts were chosen to receive support and guidance for 1:1 education technology implementations.
During the 2012-2013 school year, Project RED will offer all 15 Signature Districts customized guidance and collaboration opportunities to learn from each other. Project RED will review each Signature District’s technology implementation plan and help the districts to align their plans to the research-based strategies of the Project RED Design™, a blueprint for implementing technology-based school reform. Districts will then publish findings to the Signature District community for a period of three years and will become best-practice models for other districts.
“We know that districts are challenged by large-scale project planning,” said Tom Greaves, a member of the Project RED Team. “The Project RED Design™ will provide the entire Community with both tools and a timeline for implementation. The Signature District teams will get extra help with the Model Project Plan, a 1,000+-line Gantt chart through our mentoring process.”
The five new awarded districts are:
o Charleston County Schools, SC
o Clark County Schools, NV
o Joplin City Schools, MO
o Kent School District , WA
o Springfield Public Schools, NJ
They join the 10 Signature Districts previously recognized:
According to Leslie Wilson, Project RED Team Member, “These signature districts have made a commitment to improve student learning and provide personalized instruction through a meaningful integration of technology, ongoing professional development and administrator support. We were impressed with their initial plans and look forward to helping them use outcomes of our research to move their initiatives to the next level.”
The results of the Signature District efforts will be promulgated widely so that other districts may take advantage of the practical research resulting from this unique partnership. In addition, five more districts will be selected for this prestigious program.
About Project RED
In 2010, Project RED conducted a survey of technology programs in 1,000 U.S. schools, which is the first and only national research focusing on academic results and the financial implication of education technology. The research shows that, if effectively implemented, technology programs can lead to improved student achievement and significant return on investment. Based on those findings, Project RED has created a replicable design for school districts to make the best possible use of technology in a learning environment, leading to improved student achievement and significant return on investment.
Project RED offers a variety of ways districts can benefit from its research, including in-person Institutes held this year November 15-16, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama and December 3-4, 2012 in River Edge, New Jersey, in addition to a series of 10 implementation webinars, online tools and resources, and its Signature District program. Learn more at http://www.ProjectRED.org.Most of these resources are offered at low or no cost to educators because of sponsor support.
Intel Corporation is the founding sponsor of Project RED. Lead sponsors for 2012-2013 are Hewlett-Packard and Intel. Additional sponsors include SMART Technologies and the Pearson Foundation.
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