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NEWS RELEASES 2008-09 :: AUGUST 15, 2008


Students in five North Carolina middle schools will continue to develop 21st century skills and prepare for further education thanks to continued funding of their schools' IMPACT Model School grant. State Board of Education members approved the competitive grants at their August meeting.

Schools receiving the IMPACT II Model School Grant are:

  • Canton Middle, Haywood County Schools
  • Walkertown Middle, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
  • Pembroke Middle, Public Schools of Robeson County
  • Union Middle, Sampson County Schools
  • Swain Middle, Swain County Schools

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction K-12 Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Director Wandra Polk said, "Receipt of this grant will enable students, teachers, and administrators the opportunity to continue efforts to improve the use of 21st century technologies including electronic white boards, response systems, and video. These technologies engage students in learning and teachers in collaboration." Reports from the IMPACT evaluation found that full implementation of the IMPACT Model yields positive results on students' academic achievement. "It is great to have examples of effective technology integration programs that can be shared with others across the state as well as across the nation," Polk added.

In order to qualify for these grants, applicants participated in a weeklong academy, quarterly meetings and an evaluation of year one activities before submitting their year two grant proposal. During the 2008-09 academic year, these schools will be continuously evaluated by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction staff to ensure that federal No Child Left Behind mandates for state grant renewal are followed. Additionally, these schools will continue to participate in a summative evaluation program directed by the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University.

Part of the federal No Child Left Behind program, IMPACT II Model School Grants are North Carolina's competitive grant component of Title II, D, Enhancing Education Through Technology, and are aligned with the North Carolina Educational Technology Plan and IMPACT: Guidelines for Media and Technology Programs in North Carolina. Grant awards, which range from $166,716 - $327,888, will be used to provide the necessary personnel, resources, technology access, professional development, and student instruction to continue the development of technologically literate students by the eighth grade, a requirement of No Child Left Behind.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450.

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.