“We have an Aspire program where we are trying to help education throughout the United States. We were very excited to help the Trousdale School with a technology grant,” said MaryStewart Lewis, Southeast Tennessee regional director for AT&T.
Lewis visited the school Monday for a check presentation. Students were especially excited to be a part of the grant presentation as they crowded around the oversized check. The money was used to purchase interactive boards and individual response devices to enhance classroom learning, Trousdale executive director Shannon Clark said.
“We have one that’s stationary and we have one that will be portable, so we can move it and use it for athletic events, use it for classrooms, in the theater and all different places,” Clark said. “We’re super excited to have this technology to go along with our renovation.”
The Promethean boards were delivered on Friday, and will be installed over the Christmas break.
“The boards are going to be fabulous ... they are going to so enhance the learning experience for our students,” Trousdale founder Tom Johnson said. “The teachers want to get them unwrapped and open, but right now they are still under the tree.”
Johnson said he appreciated the company and community support the school has received.
“The plan will be to be training on those right before students come back for the spring semester,” Clark said.
The individual response devices will allow the school to collect and store in-class responses from students. Clark said this will also allow teachers to compare electronic test scores over time.
“It will provide an entirely different learning opportunity to us,” Clark said. “It will also allow us to capture data at the same time, which is something we are trying to do more of.”
The amount awarded by AT&T varies depending on the kinds of grants applied for.
“In Tennessee, $1,015,422 has been invested through the Aspire program,” according to an AT&T press release.
The program focuses on college and career readiness, while partnering students with mentors in their field in some cases.
Trousdale School provides continuing education opportunities for highly functioning adults with intellectual disabilities.