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DISTRICT NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2016

 
MHCRC TechSmart Initiative funds K-3 Literacy Innovation Project in Gresham-Barlow Schools
 


The Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission (MHCRC) handed the Gresham-Barlow School Board and Superintendent Schlachter a check for $1.37 million at the May 5 board meeting to fund critical teaching supports towards creating technology-rich learning for K-3 grade literacy. The grant was made available under the MHCRC’s TechSmart Initiative for Student Success.
 
The grant is laser focused on significantly increasing the number of students reading at grade level by the end of third grade—a critical factor on the way to successful high school graduation and eliminating the achievement gap.
 
The TechSMART Initiative grant will fund teacher professional learning paired with technology in two of the district’s elementary schools – Kelly Creek Elementary School and North Gresham Elementary School. The grant provides these pilot schools the resources needed to explore and discover high quality and effective literacy instruction that meets the literacy needs of all students. As part of this grant funded project, the district and schools will document and share their knowledge and expertise with other schools in the district.
 
The TechSMART Initiative project plan includes deep investments by both GBSD and MHCRC in elements critical to successful technology-rich learning environments:
 
  • Dedicated staff capacity to do the work
  • Staff and teacher professional development
  • Classroom technology and infrastructure
 
About the MHCRC and TechSmart Initiative
 
The MHCRC officially launched the TechSmart Initiative for Student Success in 2014 and, thus far, has granted a little over $9 million to five public school districts in Multnomah County. The MHCRC plans to strategically invest a total of about $19 million through 2021 in local public schools to positively impact academic outcomes for all students in Multnomah County.
 
Funds for the TechSmart Initiative derive from the cable services franchises negotiated by the MHCRC with Comcast, Frontier, Century Link, and Reliance Connects. The cable companies pay three percent of their gross revenues for video services in Multnomah County to support community uses of cable system technology, including funding for the MHCRC’s Community Grants program. Cable companies enter into franchise agreements in order to use the public right of way for their business purposes.
 
The MHCRC is an intergovernmental commission created by the cities of Portland, Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, and Multnomah County to efficiently administer the cable service franchise agreements, including implementation in the community of public benefit obligations of the companies under the franchises.
 
About the Gresham-Barlow School District
The Gresham-Barlow School District serves families with students in grades K-12 and has a student population of more than 11,500. The mission of the Gresham-Barlow School District is to prepare every student for success. Learn more at www.gresham.k12.or.us
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