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Call for Nominees: Technology Integration Case Studies for NETTS

February 6, 2006


Dear Colleague,

I am writing to you and your organization to invite you to nominate schools for possible inclusion in the Technology Integration Case Studies of the National Educational Technology Trends Study (NETTS). The NETTS evaluation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and focuses on the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program, the second largest federal educational technology program in terms of dollars spent. The NETTS evaluation is examining the implementation of the EETT program at state, district, and school levels. NETTS will also inform the next reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as well as the evaluation, planning, and improvement of educational technology programs at the U.S. Department of Education.

We are asking a variety of experts and organizations in the field of educational technology to identify high-poverty, high-achieving schools that have exemplary technology integration programs in math and/or science. By high poverty, we mean Title I schools where many of the students come from low- income families. By high achieving, we mean schools in which students score at impressive levels on state or district achievement tests.

We would appreciate your help in identifying schools that meet these criteria and make exemplary use of technology for teaching and learning in math and/or science, including schools that integrate technology:
- As an instructional reform tool.
- To raise student achievement.
- With 1:1 laptop initiatives.
- To promote online learning in math or science.

Given your knowledge of schools that integrate technology, please take a moment to nominate exemplary schools using the form included below. The form provides you with space to nominate a school by providing its name and location as well as the specific focus of the school's technology use in math and/or science. Please fax the form to Crystal Hoban at 703-247-8493 or send them electronically to: crystal.hoban@sri.com or raymond.mcghee@sri.com.

Your participation will ensure that we identify today's most promising practices in technology integration. We hope that you can respond to us by Monday, February 13th.

Based on the nominations SRI receives from you and others, SRI will collect additional information on each of the schools through web searches and telephone interviews to ensure that we select a range of school types and technology practices. SRI will work closely with the U.S. Department of Education to finalize the selection of 20 schools and 10 alternates for case study. These case studies, which will be conducted during the spring of 2006, will provide rich descriptions of technology integration in math and science.

Thank you very much for your willingness to support our study of technology integration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Raymond McGhee
Education Researcher