Anyone interested in participating? If you meet the criteria listed below
and would be interested in participating in this study, please contact me.
School Information Technology Specialist
Vermont Institute for Science, Math & Technology
7 West Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf Of Lovett, Charles
> Sent: Thursday, May 18, 2000 9:57 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Letter from Linda Roberts -- study of technology and
> education reform
> The letter below announces an important set of case studies of education
> reform and technology. We urge you to participate. The attachment is
> identical to the text and provided for your convenience.
> Dear (State Technology Director):
> The Department of Education has recently awarded a grant to Dr. Ronald
> Anderson at the University of Minnesota to conduct research on the role of
> technology in school reform.
> Twelve case studies will be undertaken of schools that are engaged in
> exemplary reform efforts to enable all students to learn to high
> standards. Sites will be selected at which technology plays a central
> role in supporting such efforts.
> The study will yield in depth descriptions both of the nature of the
> reforms being implemented at these sites and of the role played by
> technology. It will enable other schools throughout the United States who
> are interested in adopting such reforms to understand what is entailed.
> In addition, the data collected will contribute to two major international
> studies of technology and educational reform, one being undertaken by the
> Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the other by the
> International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement.
> Over 30 countries are participating in these studies.
> We would appreciate your help in nominating schools within your state for
> participation in this study. The schools should meet the following
> * They should be public schools at the k-12 level (primary,
> elementary, middle or secondary)
> * They should be engaged in a school-wide reform effort to provide
> instruction that meets high content area standards. Such instruction
> should be provided to all students in all core content areas.
> * Technology should play a central role in supporting the reform
> effort, which includes innovative pedagogical practices. It is expected
> that a majority of teachers are using technology in activities supporting
> the reform effort.
> * The population enrolled at the school should include a number of
> students from low income families.
> * Compelling evidence should be available indicating that the reform
> effort undertaken to-date at that school has resulted in educationally
> significant gains in achievement for the students involved, especially
> those from groups who do not traditionally achieve at high levels; and
> * The reform should be sustainable. That is, it should not appear to
> depend on idiosyncratic factors, such as a charismatic leader, that would
> inhibit transfer to other sites.
> Please send your nominations of schools directly to Dr. Sara Dexter,
> Project Co-Director. Also, please feel free to contact her or Dr.
> Anderson if you have questions about the study.
> Her contact information is as follows:
> Mailing address: Dr. Sara Dexter
> 270 Peik Hall
> University of Minnesota
> 159 Pillsbury Dr SE
> Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
> Telephone: 612-626-7261
> Fax: 612-625-3086
> E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
> Please provide contact information for the schools you nominate, including
> their names, their addresses, the name of a contact person located at each
> school, and the telephone and e-mail addresses for that person.
> We appreciate your willingness to share your expertise.
> Linda Roberts
> Office of
> Educational Technology