Please share with those in your community interested in school
SCHOOL MODERNIZATION DAY
-- Ideas for Being a Part of the National Effort --
Here are some ideas for how you can be a part of the national effort
to educate the public about the importance of modernizing our schools
through construction and renovation, smaller class sizes with
well-prepared teachers, and up-to-date technology.
1) Define the local angle for your community
What are the needs that you face in your community? Are aging
buildings failing to address the needs of students? Are class sizes
too large to provide children with the individual help they need to
succeed? Is school enrollment increasing or changing in ways that
require new construction? Could better access to technology improve
teaching and learning? What efforts already exist in your community
that address these challenges that you face? What more can be done to
help every student learn to his or her potential?
2) Highlight Needs and/or Successes
There are many different ways that you can call attention to the
challenges you face locally. Consider any one or more of the
Conduct a tour of an overcrowded or aging school facility.
Release estimates of the construction and renovation costs of area
schools over the coming years, in order to meet enrollment increases
and/or achieve the goal of reduced class size.
Conduct a tour of a model learning environment, such as a new or
refurbished school or classroom.
Hold a panel discussion, town meeting, or forum, with teachers,
parents, administrators and others relating their views and
experiences with smaller class sizes, technology for learning, and
Demonstrate what a science teacher -- and a student -- can do if
they have the right facilities and equipment.
Demonstrate how technology can help teachers teach and students
3) Link by Satellite with President Clinton
Arrange your activity so that your participants can link with the
national effort by satellite. President Clinton will address all of
the sites from approximately 2:15 until 2:45 pm Eastern time (test
time: 1:30 - 2:15 pm). Satellite coordinates to link to the
President's event are as follows:
Ku Band C Band
Telstar 5, Transponder/Channel 24 Telstar 5,
Dowlink frequency 12123 MHz , Horizontal polarity Downlink frequency
4040 MHz, Vertical polarity
Located at 97 degrees Located at
Audio 6.2/6.8 Audio
If you need satellite assistance the day of the program, call Dave Cox
of Media Technologies at 202-887-8700. If you do not have satellite
downlink capability, ask your local community access television
station to broadcast the President's address live.
4) Involve the Community and Local Media
Invite the community to participate: business and community leaders,
parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, mayors and other local
elected officials, and state legislators. Develop suggestions for
ways that the community can help address the problems that you
highlight. Also, alert the local newspapers, radio and television
stations to broaden your audience.
5) Follow Up
Keep track of who participated in your event, so that you can seek
their advice, and keep them apprised of the progress that is being
made in addressing your local needs.
Thomas G. Tate, ECS-CSREES-USDA, Room 3901 South Building
Washington, D.C. 20250-0915
(v) 202-720-2727 (f) 202-690-2975
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ACE Home Page: http://www.sba.gov/ace
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