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C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi, a consortium of school districts, organizations, and a major research university, is designed to prepare students in Mississippi for successful careers in the 21st century. Consortium members have collaborated to develop a working School Mentor Model for technology integration that contains the elements identified through research as crucial for stimulating technology use in the classroom and enhancing student performance. C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi is using a broad-based approach in the application of information-processing skills and curriculum integration to promote systemic educational reform within the educational environment in Mississippi schools.


C·R·E·A·T·E proposes to expand the implementation of the School Mentor Model to provide unifying and continuous technology professional development for administrators and teachers, enabling them to mentor other teachers both within and outside their respective school districts. To implement the model at the local area, a Technology Facilitator works in each Core School offering on-site, just-in-time curriculum support and technical assistance to the Core Teachers as they implement technology-infused instructional units. Time is provided for in-service teachers to attend professional development training focusing on the integration of technology in core academic areas (math, science, language arts, and social studies) for K-12 students. Additionally, a Student Tech Team program is implemented through which middle school students are trained to help provide classroom instructional technology support as well as technical support to teachers and students.

STT in Action


The C·R·E·A·T·E Web site provides access to project information, technology-infused curriculum modules, technology-use support guides, and professional development guides for school districts both public and private. To increase students' and teachers' access to technology, the C·R·E·A·T·E for Mississippi Project has provided a package of equipment which includes a mobile laptop cart containing wireless laptops with the capacity for reducing the computer/student ratio in any classroom. The project will expand the application of the model in Core Schools across the state.

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