Idaho District Receives Two Grants Totaling Nearly $200K

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Post Falls (Idaho) School District's learning opportunities have been boosted by two technology-related grants totaling nearly $200,000.

The district received a $150,000 grant from the Idaho State Department Education to hire two curriculum and technology integration specialists.

"These two experts will coordinate efforts to develop units, lesson plans and assessments that align to the Common Core State Standards," said Becky Ford, Post Falls assistant superintendent.

Post Falls High also received a $48,700 grant to set up three math classrooms with technology to help implement the nation's first statewide pilot of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit's free online education program.

"It's a huge deal," said Dena Naccarato, PFHS principal. "The idea of using the technology with live teaching makes it more palatable. We won't be missing the instruction piece with a human (teacher). It will serve a wide range of students."

The Boise-based J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation, a private family foundation, provided funding for both grants.

The technology experts funded with the ISDE grant will work on Schoolnet, the statewide Web-based data bank and resource center. The positions, which will serve all of the school district, are for the 2013-14 school year.

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