New Haven Schools to Benefit from i3 Grant Received by EDUCATION CONNECTION of Litchfield

August 19, 2010
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New Haven Schools to Benefit from i3 Grant Received by
NEW HAVEN –The Center for 21st Century Skills @ EDUCATION CONNECTION in Litchfield, CT, announces their partnership with several New Haven public schools as part of their Investing in Innovation (i3) U.S. Department of Education grant.

Hill Regional Career High School, a partner with EDUCATION CONNECTION for the past seven years, will implement four new courses this school year: Digital Media Movie Making (DM3), E-Commerce Entrepreneurship (ECE), Foundations of Health Science and Technology (FHST), and Information Technology Research and Development (ITRD).

Wilbur Cross High School will implement a Bio21 course beginning in September. Bio21 is a non-traditional 10th grade biology course focusing on contemporary, cutting-edge biotechnology while embracing both national and state science standards.  The school’s science teachers have attended a summer training program provided by EDUCATION CONNECTION in preparation for teaching the new course.

At Metropolitan Business Academy, the Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences will be instituted for the second year. Ninth grade students will be enrolled in Earth and Energy Essentials (E3) and Digital Media Communication (DMC) courses concurrently, both in class and online in the MOODLE learning environment. Tenth grade students who successfully completed the E3 and DMC courses last school year will be enrolled in Bio21 for the upcoming school year.

According to its Web site, the purpose of the i3 fund “is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.”

The Center for 21st Century Skills@ EDUCATION CONNECTION was one of 49 institutions out of 1700 applicants to receive i3 grant money.