COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 162

November 22, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2002 Competitive Grant Consortium Application for Enhancing Education Through Technology Program (Ed Tech)

 

The Competitive Grant Consortium Application of the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program (Ed Tech Program Title II, Part D of ESEA) has been released and is now being accepted by the Virginia Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology. This grant is part of the No Child Left Behind Program (NCLB). A copy of the Competitive Grant Application Instructions booklet is enclosed and is also available online.

 

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 (www.nclb.gov) reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The NCLB Act provides increased flexibility and local control to states and school districts. It emphasizes strong accountability for results, and supports teaching methods that have a solid scientific research foundation.

 

The reauthorized ESBA establishes the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program (Ed Tech). The primary goal of the Ed Tech Program is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools.

 

Through the Competitive Grant Consortium Application of the program, approximately $5 million will be distributed each year for a five-year period in the form of competitive subgrants. To maximize the resources, the Virginia Department of Education will award eight regional consortium grants.

 

School divisions are encouraged to participate with other eligible entities as members of a consortium and to apply for a competitive grant. Eligible entities include high-need school divisions, institutions of higher education, for-profit businesses (including schools and organizations), public or private nonprofit organizations. Eligible partnerships may also include LEAs, educational services agencies, libraries or educational entities appropriate to provide local programs.

 

This grant program has two main purposes. The first purpose is to encourage the effective integration of technology resources and systems with the curriculum. The second purpose is to establish research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented as best practices.

 

The focus of the competitive grant is high-quality professional development for classroom technology integration. The goal is to improve teaching and learning through the appropriate utilization and integration of technology. Grant activities must focus on professional development to bring about appropriate instructional technology applications, and result in an improvement in student academic achievement.

 

The Ed Tech Competitive Grant (CFDA#84.31x) application is a downloadable Word file on the Department of Educations website at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/EdTech.

 

All applications must be submitted electronically to the Office of Educational Technology by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2003. The electronic submissions must be sent to the following address: PARTD@mail.vak12ed.edu .

 

A hard copy of the proposal cover sheet with the signatures of representatives of each of the consortium partners and the assurances must be sent by surface mail and postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2003. The application should also include the signatures of the school board chair and division superintendent for the school that serves as the fiscal agent. These items should be mailed to Ed Tech Competitive Grant, Attn: Gloria K. Barber, Office of Educational Technology, James Monroe Building, 18th Floor, 101 North 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

 

Please review the enclosed copy of the Competitive Grant Application Instructions booklet for specific grant information and detailed instructions for completing the application.

 

If you have questions, please contact Lan Neugent (mailto:lneugent@mail.vak12ed.edu), assistant superintendent for technology, at 804-225-2757, 804-225-2855, or 800-292-3820.

 

JLD/JFW/fmc

 

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