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$50,000 Grant for Baxter County School

Award for Cotter Junior-Senior High comes with being named a Verizon Innovative Learning School (VILS).
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Cotter Junior-Senior High School has been awarded a $50,000 grant to help students learn lessons in math and science.

The money comes along with being named a Verizon Innovative Learning School (VILS).

A presentation ceremony this morning in the Governor's Conference Room at the State Capitol included Governor Mike Beebe, Cotter school representatives and Verizon representatives.

To a small community and a school of only 300 students, $50,000 is a large amount of money to be put towards specific education needs. It will be used to advance students’ understanding of STEM concepts beyond the classroom.

Verizon has partnered with the International Society for Technology in Education to provide professional development for teachers. The program will train teachers on how to leverage mobile devices to help promote learning of math and science. Enhanced teaching goes well beyond the practice of app-based games. Students will use devices to collaborate with classmates and scientists, create videos that show their understanding of STEM concepts and document scientific and mathematical worlds outside the classroom.

The Cotter Junior-Senior High School is the first in Arkansas, and one of only 12 across the country, to become a 2013 Verizon Innovative Learning School.
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