The , which includes Redwood City, California, and portions of San Carlos, Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and incorporated areas near Redwood City, and the in San Mateo County have received $1 million grants from , a supporting organization of the that was established by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
Part of a $120 million commitment in support of Bay Area schools announced by Startup:Education in May, the grant to the Redwood district will fund a technology integration project at Hoover and Taft elementary schools as well as efforts to revitalize John Gill Elementary School, with most of the grant to be used to purchase two hundred and sixty iPads and Chromebooks, provide instruction for teachers on how to use the devices effectively in the classroom, and teach parents how to help their children use the devices at home. The project is designed to support ongoing initiatives at Hoover and Taft such as the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) early reading program and the Guided Language Acquisition Development (GLAD) program.
The grant to Gill Elementary will help underwrite the salary of an assistant principal whose job will be to involve parents in efforts to improve academic achievement at the school, the San Jose Mercury News reports. The Ravenswood School District will use its grant to help provide professional development to teachers focused on improving students' literacy skills.
"Technology has unleashed exciting new ways of teaching and learning that we could barely have imagined even a few years ago, but students only benefit if they have access to devices that make digital learning possible," said Redwood City School District superintendent Jan Christensen. "We are grateful to Startup:Education, Mr. Zuckerberg, and Ms. Chan for making it possible for our students to use technology in learning and providing training to teachers and parents."