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NEWS RELEASES 2006-07 :: JULY 7, 2006


Administrators in four North Carolina public school systems will receive training and support to enhance their media and technology programs as a result of their recent receipt of the IMPACTing Leadership Grant awards. These grants provide funding and technical assistance to support school districts in developing school and district leaders who have the knowledge and skills to implement IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs.

Asheville City Schools, Pamlico County Schools, Scotland County Schools and Tyrrell County Schools will use these research-based guidelines to support programming that ensures high student achievement for the overall school curriculum. In order to qualify for these grants, these districts participated in extensive planning and visioning over a four-month period prior to grant submittal.

During the 2006-2007 school year, they will receive training to assist them in implementing the IMPACT Model in their own schools. A formal evaluation process of all four districts will be managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the North Carolina State University Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, to meet federal No Child Left Behind mandates for state grant renewal.

"We look forward to watching these schools grow and change with technology," said Peter Asmar, NCDPI's Associate Superintendent/Chief Information Officer. "We hope to learn a great deal from these districts about the implementation of IMPACT at the district level and its effect upon student achievement. If this is successful – and we fully expect it to be – we will have a model for educational change in the state and nation."

IMPACTing Leadership grants are funded through the competitive portion of North Carolina's Title II, D, Enhancing Education Through Technology allocation from the federal No Child Left Behind program. The grants are aligned with the North Carolina Educational Technology Plan and IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs.

Eligibility for these grants was based on the federal criteria of high poverty and high technology need. Twenty-seven school districts and nine charter schools were eligible to apply for this funding. In March 2006, NCDPI received 11 Letters of Intent to apply. In May, the Department received applications from eight school districts and two charter school consortiums. Applications were sent to out of state reviewers and the finalists were interviewed on June 20.

For more information, please contact Frances Bradburn, Instructional Technology, NCDPI, 919.807.3293.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.