New York, NY – November 16, 2007 – eChalk has announced that the Corpus Christi Independent School District (ISD) in Corpus Christi, Texas, has selected the company’s Online Learning Environment for all of its 62 schools and for the district web site. The announcement concludes a comprehensive review of several vendors.
Corpus Christi ISD will begin implementing eChalk’s Online Learning Environment throughout its 62 schools immediately. The implementation is an expansion of a successful six-school pilot program begun in 2005. Partially funded by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the program measured the impact of eChalk’s Online Learning Environment on classroom instructional practices and student achievement. During the pilot program, Corpus Christi ISD was able to document positive improvements to student test scores, school attendance and disciplinary referrals.
The Online Learning Environment will allow all Corpus Christi ISD teachers to extend their classroom instruction by providing all students and parents with anytime, anywhere access to homework assignments, resources, grades and other curricular materials in a safe and secure online environment, while allowing teachers to collaborate on and share best-practice lessons.
“eChalk will greatly expand our capacity to engage parents as partners,” said Scott Elliff, Corpus Christi ISD’s Superintendent for Schools. “Our stakeholders expect information about our schools to be readily available, and eChalk will help us meet that expectation.”
“It’s been particularly exciting for us to watch how quickly Corpus Christi’s teachers have incorporated eChalk into their instructional practices,” said Daniel Watts, eChalk Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “It’s a remarkable achievement, and an exciting example to other schools of how technology can excite teachers and engage students. We look forward to supporting the district as it expands on its early successes.”
As part of the project, eChalk will provide project management assistance and extensive on-site professional development, including advanced training for teachers to incorporate technology into their classroom practices.
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in New York City, eChalk is committed to helping schools succeed by providing online communication tools that support leadership, teaching, and learning. With eChalk’s safe and secure environment, every school and district community member has appropriate access to a variety of tools and resources that help K-12 schools achieve their learning and instructional goals.
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