COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 93
June 15, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 2001 Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant Application

This is to announce the fifth and final year of distribution of subgrant applications for funds available from the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (TLCF). The TLCF is intended to assist with integration of technology into teaching and learning to ensure that all students are technologically literate. TLCF represents a funding opportunity to help school divisions implement the training components of state and division technology plans.

The Department of Education has developed a competitive process to award 115 subgrants to school divisions that propose creative, high-quality training programs to improve teaching and learning through proficiency in the use of technology. Guidelines for the 2001 subgrant include the optional purchase of hardware/software that is directly related to the staff development proposed in the grant application.

Subgrants that can range from a minimum of $30,000 to a maximum of $56,300 per subgrant will be awarded for proposals that are innovative and use creative approaches to provide training opportunities for administrators, teachers, library media specialists, parents, or other personnel. Divisions will be required to serve as fiscal agents for use of the funds, and to submit detailed budgets for their grant proposals. The amounts of the grants approved will depend upon recommendations of the evaluation committee. The evaluation committee will base recommendations on the appropriateness of proposed staff development activities as well as the detailed budget that supports the grant proposal.

Grant funding may be used to provide training opportunities for administrators, teachers, library media specialists, parents, or other personnel, and for purchasing software/hardware which directly supports the training as described in the grant proposal. Abstracts of the 2000 TLC subgrants can be found at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/techsubgrant.html.

In accordance with federal TLCF requirements, four categories based upon the percentage of students in poverty in a school division are used to determine distribution of the subgrants. The percentage of students in poverty (Poverty Index*) and category will be preprinted on each divisionís subgrant application cover sheet. The four categories and number of awards available are as follows:

Category I. 25 subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage of students in the poverty index between 5.22 and 13.26.

Category II. 28 subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage in the poverty index between 13.36 and 18.78.

Category III. 30 subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage of students in the poverty index between 18.88 and 24.79.

Category IV. 32subgrant awards will be made to school divisions with a percentage of students in the poverty index between 24.85 and 36.63.

The subgrant proposal guidelines are available at the following address: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/techsubgrant.html. Application guidelines include information about the grant, instructions for completing the application process, and an appendix of relevant documents. The guidelines will direct the writing of the grant proposal which must be returned to the Department of Education in digital format (email) by September 28, 2001. The second part of the application process will include a packet indicating an intent to submit a request for a Technology Literacy Challenge grant. The packet will be mailed to coordinators in each school division by June 15, 2001. It will include a cover page showing the school divisionís poverty index, a "model" proposal budget, federally required project assurance, and equitable access forms. This packet must be returned via mail to the Department of Education (with the superintendent's signature) by July 15, 2001. This submission will be considered an "intent to submit" a TLC proposal for the 2001-2002 grant period.

TLC subgrants are funded through the United States Department of Education; therefore, it is important that school divisions take special note of all federal requirements for local educational agencies. This information is included in both the Web-based grant application guidelines and the "intent to submit" packet of instructions and assurance forms.

The "intent to submit" packet must be returned by July 15, 2001 to Gordon Creasy, Division of Technology, 18th Floor, Virginia Department of Education, 101 North 14th Street, James Monroe Building, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

Interested school divisions should plan to submit a subgrant application as an attachment to an email to Gordon Creasy (mailto:gcreasy@pen.k12.va.us) by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2001.

Award announcements will be made on or before October 31, 2001. Project implementation must be completed by September 30, 2002.

If you have any questions about the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund Grant or the application process, please call Gordon F. Creasy, associate specialist, Technology Division at (804) 225-4430 or (mailto:gcreasy@pen.k12.va.us).

JLD/gfc

*Virginia Department of Education, Fall Membership 1999.
U. S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census,
Census Poverty Data 1997.