the university academic and public school year comes to a close,
the “Ready to Teach” partners and staff feel that there
were many successes during year 2 of RTT. As we look ahead to year
3, there is still much work to be accomplished in order to sustain
our efforts after the grant period draws to a close.
concluded the year with two afternoons of Design
Team Showcases. On May 29, we hosted the three teams from Methuen;
Comprehensive Grammar School Grade 7, Southeast Asia and Grade 8,
Genetics and Methuen High School, Grade 10 Vietnam War curriculum
units. On June 3, we had the Butler School, Lowell, Grade 7, Graphing
Calculators and the Byam School, Chelmsford, Grade1 Weather and
the Westlands and Byam Schools, Chelmsford, Grade 4 Industrialization
and Immigration curriculum units. The projects and collaborative
efforts this year were outstanding. The mandatory multimedia training,
large group meetings and other support services provided to the
participants really made a difference in the sophistication of the
units that were infused with technology. We would like to again
thank all of the faculty, students, and cooperating teachers that
were a part of this winning year as well as Patricia Fontaine our
Design Team Facilitator for her leadership.
the summer we hope to revise and expand our website so that there
will be additional information, resources and instructional materials
available. “How to guides” will be a portion of this
effort. We will also be planning a showcase of activities for the
fall, revised workshops that will be held throughout the academic
year for student, faculty and cooperating teachers and formation
of new design teams for year three of the project.
attended NECC (National Education Computing Conference) in San Antonio
in June. Marilyn Sweeney, Chelmsford Public Schools and Susan Birrell,
Lowell Public Schools joined John Wren, our Multimedia Specialist
and me at the four-day conference. It was a wonderful, invigorating
experience and we left with a multitude of new ideas for year 3
of the project.
Boccia, Project Director, Julie Meltzer, Evaluator and I will also
be attending the PT 3 (Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers To Use
Technology) Annual Grantees Meeting at the end of July in Washington,
DC. We will take part in a symposium with the other PT 3 grantees
of Massachusetts about the collaboration that we have formed over
the past 18 months. In addition, we will also be featured in a session
sponsored by Wexford, Inc. regarding our evaluation model. This
should make for a busy time at our annual meeting.
a relaxing and enjoyable summer!