American School Board Journal, July 1998, p. 34<
The author, an assistant superintendent from a one-school district in Flemington, N.J., outlines her district’s efforts to avoid wasting money and frustrating teachers when schools install technology without properly training teachers to take advantage of it.
The solution: a district-run learning academy that trains teachers in mastering technology skills and developing ways to integrate those skills into classroom instruction. A feature that distinguishes this program from others is that it is managed by the district itself, and hence is linked closely to the educational mission of the school district. Usually, teachers must go out on their own to seek independent training.
The facility, called the Hunterdon Central Academy for Continual Development, operates on a yearly budget of $60,000, offers courses in summer, spring, and fall sessions, and offers two major incentive packages for attending teachers: continuing education credits which help move them up salary scales, and an $80-a-day stipend in lieu of credits during the summer session.