Carlsbad schools get $50,000 for technology

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Unified School District has received a $50,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Enhancing Education Through Technology Competitive grant. CUSD was selected to receive this federal grant by the California Department of Education.
“The awarding of this grant in November 2010 recognizes our district’s ambitious use of technology to improve the achievement of each of our nearly 11,000 K-12 students,” said Devin Vodicka, CUSD director of curriculum and instruction. “It reflects the CDE’s confidence in our ability to continue building upon the viable framework we have established to date.”
“The grant will primarily fund professional development for district staff in how to make optimum use of existing and future achievement data, in keeping with CUSD’s College and Career Readiness program,” Vodicka said. “The proactive C&CR strategy is designed to ensure that choices abound for each crop of graduating seniors, whether they plan to attend a four-year university, two-year community college or specialized school; proceed directly to a job; or create an innovative start-up in their garage. It’s the road to academic rigor, based on the reality that the skills required to succeed in college, business and life are the same.”
A comprehensive Educational Opportunity Audit was completed in March 2010. Currently, a College and Career Taskforce is developing an implementation blueprint for the program.
As implemented in California, the 2009-11 EEET C program is intended to promote the acquisition, maintenance and use of data to improve college and career readiness or to improve the high school graduation rate. This year in San Diego County, eight school districts and a charter school received a total of $3 million in EETT C grants. Monies must be obligated/used by September 2011.
For more information about EETT C grants, visit www.cde.ca.gov. For information about the CC&R program, Educational Opportunity Audit and College and Career Taskforce, visit www.carlsbadusd.k12.ca.us or email dvodicka@carlsbadusd.net.

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