Technology Training Programs That Work For Low-Income Districts

T.H.E. Journal, October 1998, p. 70

The Camden School District in New Jersey uses a simple formula when designing its teacher training programs for technology: develop an external reward for teachers who participate, and secure commitment and support from the school board and administration.

With these two support mechanisms in place, the district began “Project T.E.A.C.H.” — a peer-based program designed to improve teacher’s abilities to teach using computers in the classroom. The external reward in this program was that teachers who participated would receive a computer in their classroom halfway through the training program. Teachers were selected on a competitive basis and had to commit to 100 hours of instruction to complete the program.

As a result of this training, schools were then able to open computer labs in every school in the 34-campus district — labs which would be staffed by graduates of the T.E.A.C.H. program.

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