In November 2014, a USDA Telemedicine and Distance Learning grant was awarded to ESU 10 and distance learning member schools in ESU 10 and ESU 11.  The total grant award was for $196,481 ($126,989 grant and $69,492 match).

The project will run for duration of three years with the overall goal of creating a telecommunications infrastructure that ensures students residing in the targeted rural communities receive quality education.  The goals of this project are to create a telecommunications infrastructure that supports distance learning for individuals residing in the targets rural, isolated communities.  Key project tenets include:

  • Objective 1: Establish a robust, cost-effective, reliable telecommunications infrastructure to support our proposed distance learning activities;
  • Objective 2: Develop curriculum and classes in the areas of Elementary, Middle School and High School Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and increase access to courses and curriculum not currently available at their give sites.
  • Objective 3: Provide access to advanced placement vocational training courses in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as foreign language.
  • Objective 4: To offer enrichment series that includes educational programs on special topics specifically targeting core academic subject objectives.
  • Objective 5: To expand the Peer Learning Community by offering increased opportunities for cross-district PLC also benefiting teachers for professional development.”
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