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Motorola Grant Awarded to CDAT!

posted Aug 20, 2011, 11:36 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Aug 22, 2011, 7:26 AM ]
It's my extreme pleasure to announce that CDAT has received $40,000 as part of the Innovation Generation grant program from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. Through the grant, CDAT will grow the standards-focused, project-based learning model demonstrated by CDAT, both within Lanier High and also to other schools in Gwinnett County schools.  

Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation's Innovation Generation program is designed to inspire students to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Innovation Generation funding equips students with the skills essential to both their lives today and their future success through funding, employee volunteers and intra-grantee collaboration. This year, the program will provide $5.5 million to K-12 programs across the U.S., including CDAT, to support hands-on, innovative after-school programs, science and math clubs, teacher training and mentoring programs.

There are many people involved in the founding of CDAT, and we are so excited to improve and increase our program in Lanier High as well as other interested schools.  We feel that the CDAT program in particular, if expanded with the right supports in place, can be an extremely effective learning environment for students, but an especially meaningful connection for our technology and creative industries to our diverse and socio-economically challenged population.

This grant will allow teachers from Lanier, North Gwinnett High and GSMST, in addition to some others, to collaborate more effectively with more planning days built into their schedule.  It will also allow us to purchase more technologies to facilitate "backwards classroom" concepts: making the lecture the homework, and allowing students and teachers to practice together.  Finally, it will enhance our ability to promote creativity with STEM, particularly technology and math, that should demonstrate meaningful improvements in learning.

I'm very excited to be a part of this program, this school and this district, and I sincerely believe a boost like this from the Motorola Solutions Foundation could be one of the key supports that enables this vision to become a reality.