Press release photo ./ Julie Smith with Verizon presenting the grant to students and school leaders. Members of the Piedmont Board of Education, Superintendent Matt Akin and Senator Del Marsh are also in the photo.
PIEDMONT, AL -
A Piedmont school is one of a dozen across the nation to be included in a special education program.
According to a news release, Piedmont Middle School was selected to be a part of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program.
The program provides teachers with 2 years of professional development to help them use mobile technology in the classroom for science, technology, engineering and math.
Through an initiative known as MPower Piedmont, the Piedmont City School District had already provided students with laptops, MacBooks, iPads and iPods for math and reading instruction.
"We are thrilled to have Piedmont Middle School selected to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. The Piedmont City School District is already making strides in empowering students to learn through the use of mobile technology," said Jonathan LeCompte – president, Verizon Wireless Georgia/Alabama region.
The $50,000 cash grant for the VILS program can be used to offset the cost for teachers to attend training and conferences, substitutes and stipends for participating teachers and peripheral tools to extend the use of technology such as eBooks, probes and microscopes