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Miami awarded $570,000 for technology integration

10/08/1999

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded Miami University a three-year $570,000 grant to advance the modeling and mentoring of technology integration by Miami education professors.

The grant will provide funding for Miami's Project Mentor, which addresses the need for technology leadership by first-year teachers, the shortage of teachers due to the increasing number of teacher retirements and the difficulty of replacing teachers in rural and urban districts. The grant is part of the "Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology" program authorized by the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994.

"These funds will give Miami faculty who teach the courses serving our new-teacher licensure programs an opportunity to increase the use of technology in their classrooms and the support to mentor other faculty. This is a timely grant at an important period in the development of Miami University," said Curtis Ellison, interim dean of Miami's School of Education and Allied Professions (EAP).

Project Mentor is the capstone of technology integration efforts that began in Ohio in 1986 with the Classroom of the Future Project. The Talawanda City Schools and Tri-Village Local Schools in Darke County were early collaborators with Miami's Partners In Learning, a prototype for technology partnerships.

"We formed Partners In Learning anticipating the simultaneous evolution of networks in Ohio's public schools and Miami University. Our hope was that the two systems could talk to each other. They can," said Douglas Brooks, professor of teacher education and director of Partners In Learning.

"The DOE grant will complement a recently announced $250,000 Ohio Board of Regents grant that encourages 'best practice' sharing, technology integration, faculty mentoring and collaboration among universities," said Christena Hunt, EAP director of technology.

"Both of these grants will provide a focus point for team-based professional development that integrates the skills of technology proficient teachers in the public schools with university faculty coursework," Hunt said.

For additional information, contact Brooks at (513) 529-6448 or brooksdm@muohio.edu or Hunt at (513) 529-1751 or huntck@muohio.edu.

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