The Newcomerstown Middle School was the recipient of an ARRA Title II-D Competitive Technology grant focused on enhancing learning in the 21st century.
The amount of this grant totals $246,000, spread over the course of two years. The grant focuses on technology in the classroom, and begins with extensive professional development for teachers and administrators for Newcomerstown Middle School.
The grant will be disbursed in phases. Phase 1 focuses on funds for professional development and begins technology integration for teachers in the classroom. Also in phase 1, the technology coach begins intensive collaboration with the teaching team. Carol Boltz will assist the teachers in the classroom to enhance the learning environment through technology part-time and then resume her teaching duties as computer teacher the remainder of the day. (This is all done at no cost to the school district but rather is fully funded via the grant.)
Phase 2 includes integrating that technology to students at NMS in year two. Students can expect to see more and more technological advances in classroom instruction and students will be using more technology in the classroom.
The application process began in the spring of this year with Jason Peoples, NMS principal; Craig Collins and Shawn Dakin, Technology coordinators; a team of middle school teachers including Scott Thomas, math; Tara Supers and Mrs. Donna Yoder, science; Barb Davis, social studies; Donnie Stevens, reading; and Boltz, who will serve as the Technology Teams' "coach," all working together to apply for the grant.
The grant was awarded to NMS in August and the team has begun to attend professional development workshops in Columbus. Professional development will continue throughout both phases of the grant and all team members will be exposed to this development.