TC District Technology Integration Partnership

Joins in with Flagstaff Unified School District for computer literacy grant

TUBA CITY -- Improving student achievement in the area of math is the focus of a second-year grant that partners Tuba City Unified School District with Flagstaff Unified School District in a technology assistance project led by Tricia Roach and Heather Zeigler.

This year, the Technology Integration Partnership with Schools, known as TIPS, will utilize Michael Nelson, TC District's director of technology, to integrate technology into the curriculum to improve math skills for both Eagle's Nest Intermediate School students and Tuba City Junior High School students

Technology Coaches Roach and Zeigler are both Arizona state certificated teachers, and they have worked at Tuba City district this past year at the junior high and high school. For the 2005-06 year, they will work with teachers at the ENIS and Junior High facilities on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Roach and Zeigler said they are interested in getting teachers to feel competent with computers, including how to use them effectively to access computer information resources to make better lesson plans, find articles about teaching strategies and find educational videos and access ASSET On-Line resources -- a warehouse of education resource tools for classroom use.

School principals at ENIS and TC Junior High have selected three teachers from each school for participation in this year's grant.

This grant was so successful last year, that TCUSD is now the model for other Arizona schools, including Flagstaff Unified. Equipment will be purchased for each school site and the two technology coaches will provide one-on-one coaching for the teachers.

The entire grant for both TCUSD and FUSD is just under $200,000. Tuba City will have three-fifths of the time allotted for the grant, two days a week, and FUSD will have one day a week.

Arizona Department of Education notified TCUSD that it received the highest score of any grant this year.

Money to fund this project is based on statistics gathered from free lunch eligibility for students. Almost 70 of TCUSD's student population qualifies for a free or reduced lunch and the area is designated an underserved school community in an isolated area.

Flagstaff Unified also is categorized as an isolated urban area where teachers need assistance to update technology teaching skills.

Together these two school districts were able to obtain funding for this project.

Roach and Zeigler can be reached by e-mail for information or questions at proach@tcusd.org or hzeigler@tcusd.org.

For more information about TC District Technology services, call Director Michael Nelson or his staff members at 928-283-1193 or the Tuba City District Office of Public Relations at 928-283-1072.

(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)

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