The Halifax County and the Franklin County School Systems in North Carolina and the Charleston County School System in South Carolina will partner to use interactive, digital technology to reduce the high school dropout rate, improve academic achievement, and increase the number of diplomas and GEDs. Approximately 300 students in three rural, economically depressed areas will be targeted for a specialized, interactive curriculum. Students, teachers, and education specialists will work together to design a specialized, real-time, highly interactive curriculum, and will engage in e-meetings, on-line workshops and web conferencing. Existing technology centers in the school systems will be for videoconferencing.
This project will be a collaborative effort between three school districts from two different states. The inter- state project is unique because it will team together students with education specialists to design the coursework to ensure its appeal to the target population. It will also generate information and best practices for using network technology to reduce dropout numbers.
The partners include Franklin and Charleston County Public Schools, and St. Augustine's University.