E-Chowan Schools receives $49K for teacher tech training


From staff reports

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Edenton-Chowan Schools has been awarded $49,747 to train teachers on ways to effectively use technology in the classroom.

The district is one of 30 school districts and one charter school across the state that will share $1.38 million in funding targeted to help schools better use technology for instruction and student learning.  The school system submitted a grant, which was approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education, to provide training of teacher leaders in technology.

The grant focuses on providing training for professional development to assist teachers in support of effective approaches to digital learning in the schools and assisting teachers in meeting new digital learning competencies. Edenton-Chowan Schools is one of three districts in the Northeast region, along with Dare County and Tyrrell County, to receive the grant award. Sixty-one grant applications were submitted statewide and only 31 were awarded.

“We are extremely excited to receive this important grant that will help our school district continue to move forward in our digital learning efforts,” said Superintendent Rob Jackson. “As a 1:1 school district providing devices for every student and teachers in grades K-12, it is critical that we continue to develop digital learning competencies and focus on the continued learning and development of our teachers as leaders in this area.”

The grant initiative was authorized in 2016 by the General Assembly as part of a collaboration between the State Board of Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University to advance the state’s Digital Learning Plan. The goal of that plan is to develop a long-term strategy that sets directions and priorities, supports innovation, and provides resources to enable educators and students to benefit fully from digital-age teaching and learning.