Buncombe, Henderson public schools receive grant funding to advance digital-age teaching and learning

Press release from NC Department of Public Instruction

The State Board of Education today approved 18 proposals through a competitive grant-program under the state’s Digital Learning Initiative. The state-funded grants support the development and dissemination of local innovative digital learning models. The goal of the grant program is to have effective digital learning practices spread across all North Carolina K-12 public schools.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt said these grants are key to helping North Carolina’s students be better prepared to compete for high-wage, high-demand careers while supporting districts in their effort to adopt new technologies and methods for teaching.

“These grants are such a critical way we continue providing digital teaching, learning supports, and resources for North Carolina’s districts, educators, and students,” Truitt said. “I commend these districts for their support of digital innovation and desire to incorporate technology into the classroom. These grants will make a difference in the way we equip our students for the rapidly changing, technologically driven world that they will soon enter.”

Dr. Vanessa Wrenn, chief information officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), echoed how these grants positively impact a student’s learning experience and better prepare them for the world ahead.

“Technology continues to play a significant role in shaping successful outcomes for students, especially as the workforce continues to be increasingly digitally driven,” Wrenn said. “It is important for students to be well versed in the latest technologies. We continue to be impressed by these schools’ innovation with their grant proposals and how the funds are used to transform student’s educational experience.”

Three different types of grant opportunities were available for all public school units in North Carolina, including: Emerging Technology, Professional Learning and Impact Grants.

Twelve Emerging Technology Grants were recommended for up to $50,000. These one-year grants allow districts to use technology and develop more innovative practices within their schools. These districts are:

  • Edenton-Chowan Public Schools
  • Ashe County Schools
  • Grant County Public Schools
  • Caldwell County Schools
  • Vance County Schools
  • Columbus County Schools
  • Edgecombe County Public Schools
  • Craven County Schools
  • Cabarrus County Schools
  • Buncombe County Schools
  • Johnston County Public Schools
  • Henderson County Public Schools
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