Seventeen Counties Awarded Enhancing Education Through Technology Grants

August 09, 2005

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Technology and Information Systems awarded Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grants to 17 counties during the Statewide Technology Conference at the Radisson Hotel in Morgantown. Governor Joe Manchin III, First Lady Gayle Manchin, West Virginia Board of Education President Dr. Lowell Johnson and State Schools Superintendent Steve Paine were on hand to congratulate the county representatives.  

The EETT program’s focus is to have a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in the school(s) who will provide and/or coordinate appropriate professional development activities for all teachers and administrators in the schools. Each TIS will receive 40 days of professional development so they will be able to effectively assist teachers in their school(s) with technology integration into the curriculum to improve student achievement.  

The goals of this program are to: § Improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools; § Assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade; and § Encourage the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based methods.  

The 17 counties that received the grants for the 2005-2006 school year were: Berkeley: $149, 935.42 Cabell: $150,000 Clay: $150,000 Fayette: $150,000 Gilmer: $123,581 Greenbrier: $106,862.80 Lewis: $149,909.60 Marion: $150,000 Marshall: $123,092.72 Mason: $148, 570.05 Monongalia: $149,999.93 Raleigh: $149,816.49 Ritchie: $130,000 Roane: $149,968.79 Upshur: $149,491.06 Webster: $71,931.91 Wood: $150,000  

The grant money awarded to each county may be used to help achieve the goals intended by the program, as well as other applicable education goals.  

For more information regarding the EETT grants, please contact John Merritt, Coordinator, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant, at (304) 558-0304.  

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