Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Two Groups Announce New Initiative to Train Washington, D.C., Teachers in Technology

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Two Groups Announce New Initiative to Train Washington, D.C., Teachers in Technology

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Looking to help create a more technologically savvy teacher in Washington, D.C., America Online's AOL Foundation and the Kimsey Foundation recently established the Education Technology Leadership Institute, a pilot program that seeks to improve teacher quality by strengthening their understanding of technology.

The foundations are working with Trinity College and the 69,000-student District of Columbia school system on the project, which will first train a corps of K-12 teachers and administrators to lead and implement the integration of computer-based education in other area schools, according to officials. AOL and Kimsey will jointly fund the group, but financial terms were not disclosed.

In a prepared statement, school Superintendent Paul Vance said the program is a "unique opportunity" to help improve the area's schools. "We are excited about this partnership that will enhance our professional development and innovative technology training goals for our teachers, and support our efforts to provide an academic program that prepares students for a high technology society."

The program plans to launch "boot camps" for teachers this summer, which will be intensive, two-week initiatives that will provide hands-on instruction in implementing technology in the classroom. Also, the groups plan to offer new courses at Trinity through the college's Professional Development Workshop on integrating a technology-based curriculum into the classroom. An advisory board of staffers from the AOL and Kimsey foundations, faculty from Trinity and personnel from D. …

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