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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: FEBRUARY 20, 2008


Interactive white boards, and production of podcasts, videos and even a school news program are just a few of the activities students in four North Carolina school districts/consortium can look forward to thanks to their districts recent receipt of the IMPACT IV grant. Students in Asheboro City Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, Thomasville City Schools and the Northeast Consortium (Edenton-Chowan Schools and Perquimans County Schools) will benefit from the professional development and support to enhance their schools' media and technology programs.

"One of the major benefits of this grant is that it supports collaborative planning among the schools' teachers, media coordinators and technology facilitators. As a result of this collaboration, students are more engaged because of the lower student-teacher ratio and the 21st century technology tools they now can access. We look forward to seeing and hearing how students in these districts are using technology creatively thanks to the IMPACT IV grants," said Wynn Smith, interim lead for Instructional Technology

IMPACT IV 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. In order to qualify for these grants, the districts participated in extensive planning and visioning over a four-month period.

The almost $4.9 million grant will be distributed to the following districts/schools as follows:

  • Asheboro City Schools (Asheboro High, North Asheboro Middle, South Asheboro Middle) - $1,270,723
  • Kannapolis City Schools (Kannapolis Middle, Kannapolis Intermediate, A.L. Brown High) - $1,566,103
  • Northeast Impact Consortium (Perquimans County High, Perquimans County Middle, Hertford Grammar, DF Walker Elementary) - $1,047,204
  • Thomasville City Schools (Liberty Drive Elementary, Thomasville Middle, Thomasville High) - $1,001,803

Beginning this spring, school and district leaders will receive training to implement IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs. These guidelines support programming that ensures high student achievement through the use of technology in the overall school curriculum. Additionally, schools will receive funding to purchase 21st century media and technology tools for use both inside and outside the school.

To meet federal No Child Left Behind mandates for state grant renewal, districts also must participate in a formal evaluation managed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with the North Carolina State University Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.

Eligibility for these grants was based on the federal criteria of high poverty and high technology need. Forty-three LEAs met the eligibility requirements. NCDPI received 17 Letters of Intent to apply and 11 actual applications. Applications were sent to out-of-state reviewers and the finalists were interviewed on Jan. 22. To date, a total of 24 districts have received IMPACT IV grants.

For more information, please contact Wynn Smith, 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.