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NetDay Community Initiatives
Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

 

Partner Since 1999

Our greatest local resource is the people. You have to get good people who don't mind working after hours to get the job done. We are not pay day people, we do what it takes.

Arthur Holmes, Technology Coordinator
West Bolivar School District

 

NetDay Partnership with West Bolivar

In 1999, NetDay brought national attention and partners to the Mississippi Delta to create a model technology program in a rural school district. Together, NetDay and the leaders of the West Bolivar School District discovered that it takes more than technology to make a difference in a student’s life. First, they built the technology infrastructure to ensure connections for students and instructors. Next, they invested in the training and professional development of the teaching staff to effectively integrate technology into classroom curriculum.

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Community Profile

In this rural area along the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers, technology does not play a big role in the day-to-day life of the community. Yet, the children know that it will be an important part of their future. In order to remain competitive in a changing global economy and to improve economic opportunities, these students need access to technology and the resources of the Internet.
NetDay has not only helped establish the necessary infrastructure and provided support to the school district, but also raised public awareness about the value and necessity of technology literacy. West Bolivar has received national press coverage for their success.

 

NetDay Difference

Once the networks and computers were in place, Project Director Audrey Pearson turned her attention to professional development and creating capacity in the community. The pilot program, Technology Enhances Student Success (TESS), has resulted in improved teacher skills, student use of technology, ongoing partnerships, and a model for success.

  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Staff Development
  • Student Learning Outcomes
 

News from the Mississippi Delta

Building a Technology Infrastructure Your School Can Support - January 2001

Visionary Leadership: NetDay Salutes Jordan Goins, Former Superintendent of West Bolivar School District (July 2002)