Poquoson City Schools
The beauty of this portfolio model project is that many of the division schools have already adopted it and haven't had to develop it themselves!
The only factor that divisions need to consider is how they are going to offer their personnel opportunities to meet these standards.
The total cost of the program is approximately $39,400. Most of this was obtained through a Technology Literacy Challenge Grant from the Virginia Department of Education, which supported the purchase of laptop computers. An additional $6,000 was provided from the state to help districts train teachers to meet the Virginia Standards of Learning. Very little money, approximately $1,000, was obtained locally.
There is no cost for teachers to attend. Teachers work outside of school hours and are not compensated, but are motivated by re-certification requirements and the opportunity to receive college credit.
The cost of the portfolio came from a few release days for technology committee members to pay for substitute teachers and the cost of the card stock paper to print the portfolios on. It was not an expensive project, but one that was well worth the time and effort!
Sources of funding for the Technology Literacy Challenge Grant:
Virginia Department of Education: $26,650