Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Illinois School District Wins Charp Award

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Illinois School District Wins Charp Award

Article excerpt

IMAGINE A SCHOOL DISTRICT where on every teacher's desk sits an Internet-ready computer, and where most classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors. Niles Township High Schools District 219 (IL) realized that dream, and in recognition has been honored with the 2006 Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology.

The Charp Award was drawn up by T.H.E. Journal and ISTE (www.iste.com) and is named for the first editor-in-chief of T.H.E. Journal. The award honors school districts that exhibit effectiveness and innovation in applying technology districtwide. To be considered for the award, districts must show a consistent, successful effort in the implementation of technology and a commitment to sharing their technology information with other districts. In addition, the district must use ISTE's National Education Technology Standards or a derivative of those standards.

Many aspects of Niles Township HSD's technology infrastructure satisfy both the letter and the spirit of the award. Niles Township is a model of a striving, technologically advanced district. Its Professional Development Center is equipped with workstations overseen by fulltime technology training managers, in addition to two media labs available to students and teachers. …

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