Over the past few months, WHRO’s Education Department has received several industry honors. We’re very excited to let you know about one of them: we received an E2T2 grant!
E2T2? Sounds like a certain Star Wars character, doesn’t it?
Actually, in this case, E2T2 stands for Enhancing Education Through Technology, and it represents funding made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Our grant is in the amount of $2,412,648.63, and will allow WHRO and our educational partners to implement programs that will stimulate the use of educational technology to improve teaching and learning. We’ll use the grant to complete and enhance the Hampton Roads Virtual Learning Center (HRVLC), our online high school, and to create other educational products.
The primary goal of the E2T2 program is to improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools. Additional goals include helping all students become technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and integrating technology into curriculum development and teacher training.
For the past three years, under the direction of and in collaboration with our 18 owner school divisions, WHRO has been developing core-curriculum online student courses that cover all of the Virginia Standards of Learning for the particular subject: English 9, 10, 11, and 12; U.S./VA Government; Earth Science; Algebra I; and Financial Literacy. We’ll deliver Biology, Geometry, U.S. History, and Algebra II/Trigonometry in June of this year.
E2T2 funding will allow us to complete nine more courses, including Astronomy; Chemistry; World Geography; World History I and II; Oceanography; Physics; Health P/E 9; and Health P/E 10. The funding will also allow us to provide educators with the skills they need to be successful teachers in the online K-12 environment by offering an online teaching methodology course free of charge to over 2,000 teachers. Also, up to 200 Instructional Technology Resource Teachers in the region will receive free training to help them attain the highly regarded and nationally recognized International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (ISTE NETS*T) certification.
It may not be an intergalactic robot, but we think E2T2 is out of this world!