Educational Technology Grants and Partnerships NCLB-EETT State Competitive Grant – July 1, 2005 – June 30, 2006

Utah is one of the fastest growing states in the US. The job market of the state is steadily increasing. In terms of economy, Utah is often the envy of many other states. All these have caused the population of Utah to grow steadily. Another main reason that people love this state is the quality education offered in the state. But the overall cost of living in the state is high, so a lot of people explore new ways of earning money like trading with Orion Code. And like most other states in the US, Utah offers some of the best scholarships for the students in the state. The list is pretty long let us touch upon some of the most popular scholarships available. This can help you save some money on the college fee.

Education system in Utah:

When it comes to the education system, Utah is one among the few states which has mandated a finance course as a part of graduation. One of the major problems in many of the states in the US is the poor financial literacy of the adults in the state. To address this issue, Utah, and few other states have already included a finance course as a part of the education system. This would prepare the individuals who graduate to handle their finances efficiently. The number of educational opportunities a state offers impacts the success of the state. So here are the popular scholarships that the students of Utah could claim:

Utah New Century Scholarship Program:

This scholarship is to encourage students to take up an associate 2-year degree course right when they are in the high school. One should apply for this in the last two years of high school and pursue an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts course. This is to help them add value to their education. The associate degree can be opted from any of the institutions which are part of the Utah System of Higher Education. Any science or math curriculum can also be chosen. Once this is done, the student could claim the scholarship for a 4-year degree from any of the public universities or colleges in Utah System of Higher Education, Brigham Young University or the Westminster College. The exact amount offered for the scholarship and the terms might be changed with variation in the legislation annually. Check the updates on the New Century Scholarship every year to clearly understand the requisites to fulfill and the benefits to claim from the scholarship.

Utah Regents Scholarship:

This is to inspire high school students to get ready for college by taking a core course even before entering college. The Utah Board of Regents offers this scholarship. It is purely on the basis of merit. By taking the courses recommended by Regents in the high school, one can qualify for this scholarship. The ACT scores, as well as a scholarship claim application to the board of Regents, would have to be submitted. This scholarship’s amount too would vary based on the yearly legislative amendments. The tiered award system of this scholarship consists of Base Award, Exemplary Academic Achievement Award and the Utah Educational Savings Plan supplement Award.

Utah’s No Child Left Behind set aside$1,566,639 for year three competitive grants in under Title II Part D. Information about year one and year two grants is available.

Grant Timeline:
Eligible Districts Notified: October 19, 2004
Technical Assistance Meeting: October 22, 2004
Grant Applications Distributed: November 2, 2004
Deadline for Applications: January 31, 2005
Scores from Readers due: February 23, 2005
Executive Committee Convenes/Final Appropriation: February 28, 2005
Grant Recipients Notified: March 4, 2005
Year Three Funds Available: July 1, 2005

Grant Application:
PDF – http://www.usoe.org/curr/edtech/grants/state/2004/EETTCompetition2005.pdf
Grant Form:
Word – http://www.usoe.org/curr/edtech/grants/state/2004/EETTForm2005.doc
Budget Form:
Excel – http://www.usoe.org/curr/nclb/xls/NCLBbudgtemp.xls

Grant Categories:
Professional Development for Student Achievement
Technical Support for Student Achievement Initiatives

Absolute Priorities:
1) a) are high poverty [Utah uses the updated Census 2000 numbers to designate poverty for this second competition. The state poverty average is 9%. To qualify, the LEA must be at or above the state poverty average. (The first competition used the 1997 Census data and the state average was 10.9%.)]
Beaver (10.6%)
Carbon (13.2%)
Duchesne (16.8%)
Emery (12.2%)
Garfield (13.5%)
Grand (17.7%)
Granite (9.0%)

Iron (17.6%)
Juab (11.3%)
Kane (13.5%)
Logan (13.9%)
Millard (14.1%)
North Sanpete (14.6%)
Ogden (16.1%)
Piute (22.9%)
Provo (13.5%)
Rich (11.1%)
Salt Lake City (18.2%)
San Juan (22.8%)

Sevier (12.6%)
South Sanpete (15.1%)
Tintic (18.1%)
Uintah (15.4%)
Washington (13.9%)
Wayne (23.1%)

AND
b) b. are low performing on NCLB AYP academic performance measures, eligible for program improvement status, and/or schools with a substantial need for assistance in acquiring and using technology
2) have a NCLB plan consistent with the goals of the state technology plan including:
a) identifying and promoting effective teaching strategies that integrate technology
b) delivering classroom-focused, sustained, and intensive, high-quality professional
development for teachers, principals, administrators and library media personnel to
further the effective use of technology in the classroom and library media center
c) increasing access to technology for students in high-poverty and high-need schools,
or schools identified for school improvement
d) collaborating with adult literacy service providers
e) evaluating and tracking progress
3) coordinate activities with all available funds provided under this subpart with activities and funds available from other Federal (including Title I and Title II and other ESEA programs), state, and local sources to improve student academic achievement including technology literacy
4) commit 5% of grant award for data collection as requested by state evaluation team
Only qualified LEAs may apply for EETT competitive grant funds. An LEA may participate in a maximum of two grant applications.

Grant Readers:
Invited from neighboring state
Grant Management Executive Committee:
Jon Crawford – jon.crawford@m.sesc.k12.ut.us
Cory Stokes – corys@m.sedc.k12.ut.us
Dave Harlan – dave.harlan@nebo.edu
Duane Jensen – DJensen@dcsd.org
James – Christensen – james.christensen@cues.k12.ut.us
Jim Henderson – Jim.Henderson@granite.k12.ut.us
Kelly Rawlins – kellyr@nsummit.k12.ut.us
Larry Abplanalp – labplanalp@dcsd.org
Pat Lambrose – pat.lambrose@slc.k12.ut.us
Rick Gaisford – RGaisfor@usoe.k12.ut.us
Tonya Smith – smithtz@m.ogden.k12.ut.us
Kathleen Webb – webb_k@suu.edu

Grant Resources:
Scientifically Based Research
http://www.cosn.org/initiatives/compendium.pdf
I Can Read
http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/curr/utreads/tutoring/train_read.htm
Mathematics
http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/curr/math/
Big 6™
http://www.usoe.k12.ut.us/curr/library/core/big6.htm
Six Traits of Writing
Picture Books with Activities for Teaching Writing. Culham, Ruth. (1998) Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. ISBN (order from Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, Document Reproduction service 101 SW Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, Oregon, 97204).
Books, Lessons, Ideas for Teaching the Six Traits, Writing in the Elementary & Middle Grades. Spandel, Vicki. (2001) Great Source Education Group, Inc. ISBN 0-669-48174-2.
For more information, contact Rick Gaisford – Educational Technology Specialist