Northwest NEWS

August 30, 1999


Northshore School District awarded three grants

High Tech Learning Centers

   A $2 million federal grant was awarded to Northshore and nine other school districts to help fund high tech learning centers in each district. The goal of the project is to address the critical shortage of information technology professionals in Washington State and nationally by preparing students through education and exploration in the high-skill, high-wage career of information technology.

   The grant funds provide teacher training and computer hardware and software to expand high school student class offerings (both pre and post-secondary credit) in the area of information technology, which includes Web authoring, multimedia, animation, networking, and programming.

Literacy Network Grant

   This project provides a two-day literacy institute for 63 secondary teachers from 21 schools in five districts. This is a $104,600 grant awarded by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Through this project, teachers will receive training on ways to develop literacy projects appropriate for secondary level students.

Assessment Grant

   This project trains a K-12 corps of teachers to write classroom-based, performance-assessment tasks for identifying state learning requirements. The developed tasks will be distributed to all teachers district-wide and to OSPI for possible inclusion in the state database of tasks under development. The grant is for $61,000.