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STEVENS AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES RECEIVE $909,000 GRANT
HOBOKEN, N.J. Oct. 6, 1997 The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Stevens Institute of Technology a $909,000 grant to instruct K-12 teachers in several states in integrating the Internet into their lessons plans, it was announced today by the university.
The three-year program, Alliance for Training for K-12 Teachers in
Instructional Technologies: A National Internet-In-Education Teacher Training
Program, will be implemented by Stevens Center for Improved Engineering
and Science Education (CIESE) working in partnership with the League for
Innovation in the Community College and Thirteen/WNET. The Alliance will
assist teachers in Miami, Cleveland and Phoenix to work with their local
community colleges on methods of integrating Internet technology into classroom
The Alliance partners will collaborate with Maricopa Community College in Phoenix, Miami-Dade Community College and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. The colleges will join with neighboring schools in their respective cities to create turnkey trainers for the use and integration of information technologies in K-12 science and other disciplines.
These trainers will serve as staff developers in their schools and
districts and they will help to increase the number of teachers who can
effectively and meaningfully integrate technology into the curriculum,
as called for by President Clintons 21st Century Teachers initiative,
added CIESE Director Edward A. Friedman.
The program is modeled in part on several Stevens teacher training
programs throughout the Tri-State, including CIESEs New Jersey Networking
Infrastructure in Education (NJNIE). The NJNIE project, created by a $2.9
million National Science Foundation grant, brings the Internet to more
than 700 K-12 New Jersey schools through training sessions and consultation.
The program builds upon the experience of the League of Innovation
in the Community College in promoting projects nationally with two year
schools. Thirteen/WNET will provide leadership in the use of video materials
as a training resource.
In addition to the teacher development that occurs through the Alliance, this model strengthens regional resource centers within community colleges upon which schools may continue to draw for necessary support of technology-in-education planning and implementation issues after completion of the project, said Friedman. This program builds upon and expands the linkages which already exist between schools and community colleges and provides additional vehicles for ongoing collaboration to enrich and enhance schools use and integration of technology.
Friedman noted that cost sharing of nearly $7 million for the three-year program will be contributed by project partners, participating colleges and schools. The Alliance will provide training and support for teams of three faculty and administrators from each of the three community colleges, who will in turn provide training and support for teams of four turnkey trainers from 10 partner school systems each year. Each school training team will consist of a minimum of 40 teachers.
Several corporate partners have expressed interest in augmenting federal
funds to bring the Alliance program to other cities. The curricular focus
of the program is science; however, the tools and educational models of
collaboration are applicable for all grade levels and cover many subject
areas. The Alliance program will present materials in a broad interdisciplinary
context and seek to meet individual interests and needs of local school
CIESEs mission is accomplished through a variety of activities including direct collaboration with teachers and school systems, partnerships with community colleges and local school systems, videoconferences and hands-on workshops on the use of technology in mathematics and statewide projects linking other universities and institutions with schools across New Jersey.
The League for Innovation in the Community College, as a nonprofit educational consortium of resourceful community colleges, stimulates experimentation and innovation in all areas of community college development and serves as a catalyst, project incubator and experimental laboratory for all community colleges.
Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, master and doctoral
degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, as well
as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts. The university
has a total enrollment of more than 1,400 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate