The Waynesville R-VI School District will receive a $1,250,000 grant – one of the largest in the district’s history – from the Department of Defense Education Activity to fund Project EDGE, which stands for “Educating our Digital Generation Effectively.”
“We are very excited about this grant. It will help us extend learning opportunities for our students in all subjects with a specific focus on improving student achievement in math and science through deeper implementation of technology in the classroom,” said Dr. Brian Henry, Waynesville R-VI superintendent. “We are grateful for DoDEA’s partnership and investment that will allow us to provide so many resources to our students.”
The federal grant runs from now through May 2023. During this academic year, teachers and staff will focus on planning the programs with the goal of implementing them in August 2019.
The grant includes:
— Project Lead the Way Choice Classrooms: Students in grades 3 through 5 will have the opportunity to participate in a lottery to be chosen for STEM-focused classrooms that will use hands-on problem-based learning with students from the three grade levels in the same classroom.
— Virtual learning classrooms will be established so that traditional and home-schooled secondary students may take courses to better meet their academic needs.
— Personalized learning paths online using the Edmentum Learning Platform, which meets students where they are academically and creates online support for them whether they are below, on or above their grade level.
— Robotics clubs and coding clubs at multiple grade levels.
A formal celebration of the grant’s award will be held in November.
(Editor’s note: Information provided by R-VI Communications and Marketing.)