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Media Releases: April 9, 2003
The St. Johns County School District has been awarded
a $300,000 grant in the recent Enhancing Education Through
Technology competition, part of the Federal No Child Left
Behind Act. St. Johns County was one of 39 counties in
Florida to receive funding through this grant program.
The district also received $67,376 as part of the allocation grant which is
provided to each district based on student enrollment. Grant funds will be
used to enhance the Instructional Delivery Model (IDM) project, which uses
technology as a primary teaching strategy.
The IDM project was initiated three years ago in ten classrooms in five different
elementary schools where students and teachers used portable computers as the
major teaching tool. Two years ago the district received a $490,000 Technology
Literacy Challenge Fund grant to expand the project. That grant funded equipment
and teacher training for the inclusion of six additional classrooms. At the
present time all elementary schools have at least one IDM classroom.
The new grant will enable the project to be expanded to the middle school level,
in addition to supporting the IDM programs already in place. Teacher teams
at Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS), Murray Middle School (MMS) and Switzerland
Point Middle School (SPMS) were selected to participate in the project next
They include Joni Collins, Cathy Crowe, Susan Hammonds and Michelle Huff of
FCMS; Stacey Doolin, John English, Jeff Holt, Ken Toner and Michelle Wamser
of MMS; and Patty Barrett, Marian Campbell, Amanda Fedak and Kassie Norris
of SPMS. Training for these teachers will take place in June and July with
the middle schools implementing the project in their classrooms next fall.
Elementary school teachers will also serve as mentors for the new teacher teams.
The IDM project is directly tied to the district’s Strategic Plan. The
school district’s technology vision involves students having personal
pathways to learning, and the IDM project provides a means of piloting this
concept. Through the use of technology, learning can take place anywhere, anytime
and at any pace.
Dr. Pat Horn and Helen DiMare of the Curriculum Instructional Services Department
will serve as project coordinators.