Published Online: December 10, 2013
Published in Print: December 11, 2013, as Cash Aids Innovation

Race to the Top Fuels Innovation Push at Hawaii School

The $75 million in federal Race to the Top money that Hawaii received hasn't always paid for things directly, but has allowed a school to leverage other money and resources to make something happen.

At Keaau Elementary, an 830-student school just outside the city of Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii, the school used its status as a Race to the Top "zone of innovation" school to raise money to give every student a computer to use at school. That's how teachers are delivering a curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards. (About one-quarter of the students can take their devices home.)

One day this fall, in a 5th grade classroom, students who might not have computers or Internet access at home used their MacBook Airs to create a digital presentation on the short- and long-term effects of inhalants.

"Levels of engagement are up, as is higher-order questioning" from students, said Principal Chad Keone Farias. "From public perception, to getting the parents engaged, to teacher professional development, the greatest benefit in our 1-to-1 program has been the platform it gave us to implement sweeping change."

Vol. 33, Issue 14, Page 26

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