Carencro Middle School
Carencro Middle began teaming in the 2000-2001 school year. An eight-hour day was implemented allowing for each teacher to have a separate planning period and a team planning period. Once a week, the team planning period is dedicated to professional development. During this time, teachers can share ideas on effective technology implementation as well as inservice other team members on new technology. Without this design, teachers would have to meet after school, in the summer, or on scheduled district inservice days for training.
The Computer Labs are scheduled out of an extended academics class offered to each student. Grades 7 and 8 are targeted since the LEAP test is given in the eighth grade. Each class is given 45 minutes of computer time three times a week. Fifth grade, alternative, and resource classes are also scheduled three times a week. Additional classes are scheduled wherever possible.
The schoolwide committee continues to meet periodically to monitor and implement new strategies.
The majority of funding for technology implementation comes from Title I. Approximately $61,134 was spent on equipment and materials for technology in the 1999-2000 school year. In addition, Title I provided funding for the salaries of the two computer lab managers and the curriculum coordinator. Funds from Title I were also used to pay three personnel to move, reconnect, and renetwork computers due to reorganization brought about by teaming.
Costs borne by the school district included wiring for Internet, building use, and staff salaries. SEDL provided training personnel and materials.
Several teachers attended technology training workshops in the past three years and were given four computers, software, a television, and a VCR to set up "model classrooms." Special education teachers were each given a computer. A grant provided $3,000 to purchase computer tables for one of the labs. One teacher from each discipline was awarded a Learn Grant to purchase AlphaSmarts to be used in connection with classroom projects.
Monies spent on technology in 1999-2000 were: