The U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences has awarded a four-year $1.5 million grant to a team of researchers, led by Herbert Ginsburg, a professor of psychology and education at New York City’s Teachers College at Columbia University. The team of researchers will work with New York City-based Wireless Generation, a company that produces mobile technologies to help educators monitor student progress, to investigate the merit of a new K-3 mathematics assessment program called mCLASS: Math. This handheld computing program will allow teachers to observe students’ understanding of fundamental math skills, focus on high-need students, and draw from instructional recommendations within the program. The research for this grant will be conducted in multiple school districts across the country.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Education gave a total of $1.5 million to 14 school districts, health facilities, and nonprofit organizations across six states to help them run school-based student-drug-testing programs. The grants help local agencies and schools develop and implement random school-based student-drug-testing and drug-prevention programs. The ONDCP promotes non-punitive strategies to combat substance abuse by identifying students who may suffer from addiction. The 2007 grant recipients are listed below:
Alabama: Northeast Alabama Center for Community Initiatives, Anniston.
Georgia: Effingham County Board of Education.
Kentucky: Corbin Independent Schools; Cumberland Medical Services, Russell Springs; Knott County Board of Education; Magoffin County Board of Education.
Montana: Rocky Boy School District, Box Elder.
Ohio: Newark City School District.
Tennessee: Jellico Community Hospital, Jellico.
Texas: Bloomington Independent School District; Ennis Independent School District; Friendswood Independent School District; Ganado Independent School District; La Porte Independent School District; Mission Consolidated Independent School District.
The Broad Foundation, a Los Angeles-based philanthropy that supports the arts, education, science, and civic development, has awarded an $8.3 million grant for principal training. The grants reward successful school districts and fund principal education programs with the goal of improving each participant’s school’s performance in budgeting, teacher retention, graduation rates, curriculum development, and community relations. The grant recipients are Gwinnett County Public Schools in Suwannee, Ga.; Long Beach Unified School District in California.; and the University of Illinois at Chicago.