Whitney Young Elementary School
Obtaining funding to support this project would be an important factor for replication. However, at Whitney Young, time proved to be the essential element that determined the degree of this project's success.
The initial inservice was held after school. However, the bulk of the work took place during the school day, as teachers attempted to integrate WebQuests and Online Projects into their daily activities with students. As a full-time Computer Teacher and Technology Coordinator, Mary's schedule also provided resource time during the day to support staff members on an as-needed basis. Compiling all of the documentation that was submitted and designing the culminating web site also took a great deal of time. With the project's completion taking place in May, the summer months were used to finalize the web site.
All of the resources and guidelines that were used to implement this project are posted on the web. The web site highlights the projects implemented by staff members and provides links to all of the training materials.
The only project-specific funding was a Vision 2000 Innovative Grant for $1,000 from the Gheens Academy of Jefferson County Public Schools. Jefferson County schools were invited to submit proposals for innovative projects in three categories: leadership, knowledge work, and professional development. These areas correspond to priorities established by the Jefferson County Public Schools.
The school's technology infrastructure was made possible by funds from the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 and a special technology initiative known as Kentucky Education Technology Systems, a $553 million initiative to provide networked computers and other electronic tools to support teaching and learning in Kentucky public schools.
Primary costs were for stipends and staff recognition.