On September 22, the U.S. Department of Education announced the award of a $9.3 million, five-year Technology Innovation Challenge Grant to the League for Innovation in the Community College and its partners to provide Internet training for K-12 teachers in Arizona, Florida, and Ohio. The Alliance+ (Plus) program will reach more than 9,000 teachers in Arizona, Florida, and Ohio with hands-on training in integrating Internet technology into classroom instruction and will impact more than 225,000 students. Support for this program includes an estimated $12 million in matching funds from project partners.
The Leagues key partners in this project include: Stevens Institute of Technology, (Hoboken, NJ), Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH), Miami-Dade Community College, (Miami, FL), Maricopa Community Colleges, (Phoenix, AZ), Bank Street College of Education (New York, NY), and Educational Testing Service (Princeton, NJ). The Alliance+ program is an expansion of an earlier $909,000 U.S. Department of Education demonstration project, Alliance for Training for K-12 Teachers in Instructional Technologies: A National Internet-In-Education Teacher Training Program.
Alliance+ links 35 state, local, and higher education partners and extends the model that has been proven through extensive experience in New Jersey and successful adaptation in Cleveland, Miami, and Phoenix. Using a train-the-trainer approach and powerful Internet applications, faculty from Cuyahoga, Maricopa, and Miami-Dade Community Colleges will train and support mentor teachers from neighboring school districts. In addition, Rio Salado College in Phoenix (a part of the 10-campus Maricopa system) will work with Stevens Institute of Technology to develop and pilot online courses for teacher training. Educational Testing Service will oversee evaluation and assessment for the project.
"Community colleges are ideal conduits for technology training and support for the nations public school teachers. This project builds on community colleges teaching excellence, technical expertise, and strong working relationships with local schools to provide richer learning experiences for students," said Charles Carlsen, Chair of the Board of Directors for the League and President of Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS).
During the five-year project, teachers will receive 30 hours of hands-on training as well as in-school follow up. Curricula will be developed for Internet applications in elementary, middle, and high school science, math, and interdisciplinary classes. These curricula will also be restructured as undergraduate pre-service teacher education courses by the Bank Street College of Education, New York, N.Y. and piloted by Arizona State University, Kent State University, Florida International University, Grand Canyon University, and Barry University.
In addition to working with Stevens Institute on overall project coordination, the League for Innovation will disseminate resources to help with implementation of similar programs in other urban settings with community colleges serving as regional technology resource centers for teachers and schools. Cindy L. Miles, Director of Programs, will serve as the project liaison for the League. Additional information about Alliance activities can be found at: k12science.stevens-tech.edu/alliance.