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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Charleston County Schools joins nine strategic allies to benefit from Project RED expertise, resources and one another.

As the leader in 1:1 technology implementation research, Project RED has made a commitment to bring its research practices to action. As the first step, the organization has selected Charleston County Schools as one of 11 signature districts to support through their education technology implementation with a commitment to one-to-one deployments.

During the 2012-2013 school year, Charleston County Schools will join a cohort and use a dedicated area of the Project RED website to collaborate and learn from each other.

During the 2012-2013 school year, Project RED will offer CCSD customized guidance and collaboration opportunities to learn from each other.

"Being selected as a Project RED Signature District is a great honor for Charleston County School District. It is a testament to the collaborative work put forth by many stakeholders. This partnership will substantially benefit the district as we move forward with providing anywhere-anytime learning for our students, said Kristen Brittingham, CCSD Technology Learning Specialist.

Project RED will review Charleston County Schools' technology implementation plan and help the districts to align their plans to the research-based strategies of the Project R Design a blueprint for implementing technology-based school reform. Districts will then publish findings to the Signature District community for a period of three years and will become best-practice models for other districts.

"We know that districts are challenged by large-scale project planning," said Tom Greaves, a member of the Project RED Team. "The Project RED Design will provide the entire Community with both tools and a time line for implementation. The Signature District teams will get extra help with the 1,400-line Gantt chart through our mentoring process."

Charleston County Schools joins the following districts as a Project RED signature district:

• East Noble School Corporation, IN

• Ferndale School District, WA

• Kuna School District, ID

• Natick Public Schools, MA

• Owensboro Public Schools, KY

• Reeds Springs, MO

• Richland School District Two, SC

• Salisbury Township Schools, PA

• Southern Lehigh, PA

• Sunnyside School District, AZ

According to Leslie Wilson, Project RED Team Member, "Charleston County Schools has made a definitive commitment to improve student learning and provide personalized instruction through a meaningful integration of technology, ongoing professional development and administrator support. We were impressed with their initial plans and look forward to helping them use outcomes of our research to move their initiatives to the next level."

About Project RED

In 2010, Project RED conducted a survey of technology programs in 1,000 U.S. schools, which is the first and only national research focusing on academic results and the financial implication of education technology. The research shows that, if effectively implemented, technology programs can lead to improved student achievement and significant return on investment. Based on those findings, Project RED has created a replicable design for school districts to make the best possible use of technology in a learning environment, leading to improved student achievement and significant return on investment.

Project RED offers a variety of ways districts can benefit from its research, including in-person Institutes held this year November 15-16, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama and December 3-4, 2012 in River Edge, New Jersey, in addition to a series of 10 implementation webinars, online tools and resources, and its Signature District program. Learn more at www.ProjectRED.org. Most of these resources are offered at low or no cost to educators because of sponsor support.

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