Pleasant View school
earns $470K grant
for tech upgrade
PROVIDENCE – The Pleasant View Elementary School has received a $470,000 Rhode Island Innovation Powered by Technology Model School Grant.
It is the first grant under the program that the R.I. Department of Education announced in January that hopes to use technology to transform education.
“Today we are taking a significant step that will bring the Pleasant View Elementary School and other schools across our state to the forefront of digital technology in every facet of their lives – and it is time we bring digital learning into our schools in a bold and dramatic way,” Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist said in announcing the award on May 7.
The school will use the grant for extensive professional development for teachers and to purchase equipment to create three computer labs and provide 110 laptop computers for student use.
The school aims to implement an extended daily schedule for targeted learning, allow students to spend at least half their day with online learning, and redefine classrooms as “flexible learning environments,” among other initiatives.
The grant was awarded through a competitive bid process based in part on student need. •