Technical Assistance to North Dakota Communities

Project Date: 
December, 2010 to July, 2012
Current Status: 

EduTech has successfully delivered professional development to ND’s K-12 educators for nearly twenty years. We will extend that professional development to adult/community education programs in ND communities via teacher/administrator teams who will be prepared by participating in EduTech’s workshops. The sole purpose of the local school team is to increase community members’ knowledge and use of Internet and other broadband resources through instruction and technical assistance.

Sub grants will be awarded to local teams of three teachers and one administrator per school district (TA teams) who will deliver workshops and technical assistance to community members through their adult education program. Each TA team will participate in four EduTech workshops (16 hours) to prepare for their service. The TA team is also responsible for workshop materials, marketing, lab space and any additional items that will ensure a successful experience for participants.

Workshop topics include Internet Safety, Social Networking, Google Applications and Microsoft Office. Each of the 4 sessions is 4 hours in length and will adequately prepare the team to deliver service in their community.

EduTech will issue a RFP for subgrants and will evaluate the grants based on an eight-point rubric. Grants will be awarded and schools will have 12 months to complete their education and technical assistance sessions. This program could begin in year 2 of the grant period.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration awarded $225,000 for this effort.

Project Status: 
All funding to ND communities have been awarded and training classes are completed. The community teams are planning out classes and EduTech is monitoring progress.