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13 School Districts Receive Grants for Implementing Effective Use of Technology

LANSING – Thirteen Michigan school districts are being awarded grants to support their implementation of technology, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced today.

These 2022-23 federally funded Implementing Effective Use of Technology grants were created last year to support districts in the implementation efforts around the areas of computer science (CS) and open education resources (OER). Districts were required to fill out an application detailing their project narrative, their steps to prepare for implementation, how they would sustain the project, the capacity they have for implementation, and how the project would address underrepresented groups.

“Developing strong computer science programs and other resources to share openly with other school districts shows the importance of collaborative learning that schools value in Michigan,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice.

This grant supports intermediate school districts or regional educational service agencies, traditional local school districts and public school academies in their planning and implementation efforts to adopt open educational resources (OER) or computer science (CS) standards and integrate flexibility and rigor into curriculum areas as identified by a district team.

Of the 26 districts that applied, a total of $230,000 has been awarded to 13 districts for implementation of CS, OER, or both. As part of the grant criteria, districts applying for computer science designated their level of implementation as novice, emerging, developing, or highly developed. Below is a list of districts and their areas of implementation focus:

Baraga Area Schools – CS Emerging District ($19,500)
Bloomingdale Public School District – OER ($7,000)
Detroit Public Schools Community District – CS Emerging District ($19,000)
Freeland Community School District – CS Novice District ($20,000)
Goodrich Area Schools - CS Emerging District and OER ($34,500)
Grandville Public Schools – CS Emerging District ($19,500)
Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Schools – CS Emerging District ($18,872)
Menominee Area Public Schools – OER ($14,500)
Menominee Intermediate School District – OER ($14,500)
Watervliet School District – CS Developing District ($9,000)
Wayland Union Schools - CS Emerging District and OER ($26,500)
West Branch-Rose City Area Schools – CS Emerging District ($19,000)
West Ottawa Public School District – CS Developing District ($9,000)

“The applications we received this year were very competitive,” said Cheryl Wilson, MDE’s computer science consultant. “We are excited to see this money support the implementation efforts of these districts and look forward to working with them this year.”

Districts that receive the OER grant choose their content area of focus for implementation. Some have chosen computer science while others have chosen English language arts, science or math depending on the needs of the district. When new lessons are created, the district adds them to GoOpen Michigan, the state’s OER repository, for all educators to find and use.

This grant is an MDE competitive grant that began in November of 2021 and is currently open for Cohort 2 applications.