Project RED Announces Five Additional Signature Districts

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As the leader in 1:1 technology implementation research, Project RED has made a commitment to bring its research practices to action. As part of this commitment, the organization has selected five additional districts to become Project RED Signature Districts.

Through a competitive application process, these districts were chosen to receive support and guidance for 1:1 education technology implementations. 

During the 2012-2013 school year, Project RED will offer all 15 Signature Districts customized guidance and collaboration opportunities to learn from each other. Project RED will review each Signature District's technology implementation plan and help the districts to align their plans to the research-based strategies of the Project RED Design™, a blueprint for implementing technology-based school reform. Districts will then publish findings to the Signature District community for a period of three years and will become best-practice models for other districts.

"We know that districts are challenged by large-scale project planning," said Tom Greaves, a member of the Project RED Team. "The Project RED Design™ will provide the entire Community with both tools and a timeline for implementation. The Signature District teams will get extra help with the Model Project Plan, a 1,000+-line Gantt chart through our mentoring process."

The five new awarded districts are:

o Charleston County Schools, SC

o Clark County Schools, NV

o Joplin City Schools, MO

o Kent School District , WA

o Springfield Public Schools, NJ

They join the 10 Signature Districts previously recognized:

  • East Noble School Corporation, IN
  • Ferndale School District, WA
  • Kuna School District, ID
  • Natick Public Schools, MA
  • Owensboro Public Schools, KY
  • Reeds Springs, MO
  • Richland School District Two, SC
  • Salisbury Township Schools, PA
  • Southern Lehigh, PA
  • Sunnyside School District, AZ

According to Leslie Wilson, Project RED Team Member, "These signature districts have made a commitment to improve student learning and provide personalized instruction through a meaningful integration of technology, ongoing professional development and administrator support.  We were impressed with their initial plans and look forward to helping them use outcomes of our research to move their initiatives to the next level."

The results of the Signature District efforts will be promulgated widely so that other districts may take advantage of the practical research resulting from this unique partnership. In addition, five more districts will be selected for this prestigious program.

About Project RED
In 2010, Project RED conducted a survey of technology programs in 1,000 U.S. schools, which is the first and only national research focusing on academic results and the financial implication of education technology. The research shows that, if effectively implemented, technology programs can lead to improved student achievement and significant return on investment. Based on those findings, Project RED has created a replicable design for school districts to make the best possible use of technology in a learning environment, leading to improved student achievement and significant return on investment.

Project RED offers a variety of ways districts can benefit from its research, including in-person Institutes held this year November 15-16, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama and December 3-4, 2012 in River Edge, New Jersey, in addition to a series of 10 implementation webinars, online tools and resources, and its Signature District program. Learn more at www.ProjectRED.org.Most of these resources are offered at low or no cost to educators because of sponsor support.

Intel Corporation is the founding sponsor of Project RED.  Lead sponsors for 2012-2013 are Hewlett-Packard and Intel. Additional sponsors include SMART Technologies and the Pearson Foundation.

About the Sponsors
• Intel Corporation
Intel is a world leader in computing innovation and the lead sponsor of Project RED. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world's computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

• Hewlett-Packard
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

• SMART Technologies
SMART Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of collaboration solutions that transform the way the world works and learns. As the global leader in interactive whiteboards, SMART Technologies brings more than two decades of collaboration research and development to a broad range of easy-to-use, integrated solutions. More information is available at www.smarttech.com

• Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning and great teaching. The Pearson Foundation collaborates with leading businesses, nonprofits and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.