The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, and the Commerce Bancshares Foundation are supporting the Promise and Potential partnership with a $25,000 grant award in 2010. The award is being used to integrate technology in the school-based tutor-mentor program at Bloomington Junior High School. More Information
The purchase of mini-laptops with educational software and wireless access will allow teachers and IWU teacher education candidates working as “coaches” to access supplemental learning experiences and resources, retrieve students’ schoolwork, and track students’ progress. The technology will help develop and support BJHS students’ skills in writing and literacy, mathematics, and research.
Laptops will be used by IWU Coaches and participating BJHS students to check grades and homework posted on their teachers’ websites, read on-line textbooks, access on-line content areas set up by BJHS teachers, and complete written assignments. The laptops also will be used by participating BJHS students to follow up on each day’s coaching session or to prepare for their next session together. In the fall 16 netbooks were purchased for use by IWU mentors and their BJHS students. Twenty-one additional laptops were purchased in January 2011 with grant funds.