The Grants section of our site will detail the different state, federal, and other grants we have been awarded, and to showcase the work we have done to meet the goals of these grants.
By Cory Stokes
Cory has presented many times at large conferences and smaller workshops to educators who were looking for innovative ways to enhance their teaching methods using technology. Proper ways to format a grant, types of grants available and where you can find good classroom grants were all discussed.
If you would like some guidance in writing successful classroom grants, you are welcome to review the slide show below which includes some of his best tips, hints, and things to think through when writing a grant.
If you have many teachers at your school who are interested in writing successful grants, you can also contact SEDC to schedule a grant writing workshop in your school.
This regional eBook project called eSTRIDE will provide anytime, anywhere, engaging library resources for these underserved students by delivering eBooks for 9th-12th grade students and teachers in the region. Approximately 13,608 students and teachers will have access to these e-resources. After the first year, the participating schools and the regional office will provide sustained funding to continue eBook collection development.
SEDC is partnering with Utah Universities, USOE, Charter Schools and the Region's District Reading Specialists to offer a series of Reading Endorsement Classes to Teachers. These classes are held in satellite locations throughout the Region via Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC). The classes will run from 4-8 PM on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for 10 weeks with adjustments for holidays as needed.
Read more about the Reading Endorsement Program and Classes.
The SEDC Regional Service Center working with the districts and charter schools in the region will provide a math endorsement professional development opportunity for elementary school teachers. To ensure that qualifying teachers have an opportunity to participate, the eREACH regional interactive video conference (IVC) system will be used to deliver the courses. The instructors for each of the six required math endorsement courses will be selected from a regional pool of highly qualified teachers.
The enhancing Rural Education through Assisting and Collaborating at a Higher Level (eREACH) Project builds on the existing statewide Internet network to provide interactive video-conferencing (IVC) capabilities to isolated rural schools. The main purposes of this IVC capability would be to provide instructional and behavioral support to high-needs students and their teachers through real-time 2-way connections with specialists at regional, state, or other district locations. The specialists would include special education, autism, occupational therapy, English language learning, and science, all high need areas for these isolated schools.
The six school districts in the Southwest region of the State and the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) are working collaboratively to enhance education through this project. There will be a cohort of regional school principals who will receive hands-on professional development activities for the effective use of assessment data to enhance both the math and science classroom instruction. Each district in the region has selected two to four school principals to participate in this significant project. Through district and state funding each participating school have many of the up-to-date data analysis technology tools already in place that will be utilized for this project.
Enhancing fourth grade Math Education through Distance learning technology (EMED) provides the opportunity for three 4th grade teachers in 25 high need, low achieving, and low access schools the opportunity to create effective, research-based math podcast lessons. Teachers also receive the latest math and educational technology instruction at their desktops from the best educators in the state regardless of district size or geographical location using WIMBA learning communities. WIMBA is a suite of online communication tools that include a virtual classroom with 2-way audio, video, interactive whiteboard, computer desktop sharing and chat. The EMED Project will capitalize on existing technology and provide additional access and resources to students and teachers.
The Collaboration of Utah Technical Specialists (CUTS) project provides sustained, job embedded, just-in-time technical training, shared resources, coaching and consulting for the educational technical specialists throughout our school districts in the State of Utah. As a result, the students, teachers and staff in our schools will have a more consistent and stable technology-learning environment.
The main goal of the CUTS grant is to provide reliable, robust and secure networks in our district schools, for teachers and students by providing the district technical specialists with job embedded, hands-on training and resources when needed.
Seven high schools in the Washington, Iron and Millard school districts along with the Southwest Educational Development Center in cooperation with other state agencies as well as Learning Point Associates (previously known as NCREL) united in a collaborative effort to provide professional development and classroom technology access for students focused on enhancing mathematical instruction for at-risk and low performing students through the use of research-based Innovative Technology Engaged Activities for Mathematics (iTEAM).
CyberCorps is a collaborative partnership that provides STEM focused, high-quality technical training and support to students who, in turn, give sustained, job imbedded, just-in-time IT support and training to their teachers. The CyberCorps students are supervised by their CyberCorps leaders who are teachers in their schools. The CyberCorps leaders and students are trained at a two day Boot Camp and throughout the school year by technology professionals.
The SEDC team provides support and help to member districts and charter schools with their LiveScan fingerprinting systems. This includes helping to write and support grants for the purchase of the equipment, hosting and implementing LiveScan regional trainings, and working with BCI and LiveScan vendors to provide technical support for the equipment.
For support or help with LiveScan equipment please contact the SEDC office.