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NCREL Increases Its Capacity to Deliver Technology Evaluation Services

Partnership With Davidson Services Promotes National Use of enGauge® PD Program

July 18, 2003

Naperville, IL — Many school districts across the United States struggle with planning and evaluating their systemwide use of educational technology. In response to their difficult but important challenge, the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) developed the enGauge professional development program. NCREL has offered this program in the Midwest since 2001, and a new partnership with Davidson Services, LLC, a national educational technology professional services firm headquartered in California, will bring this unique program to schools throughout the nation. NCREL has selected Davidson Services to serve as its preferred provider of the enGauge professional development program.

"NCREL has experienced great success with enGauge on a regional level in the Midwest," says Gina Burkhardt, NCREL Executive Director. "Over 250 schools and districts have used the program. We have seen the demand to elevate that success to a national level, and Davidson Services is giving us that opportunity. We share the same vision of improved student achievement through the effective and efficient use of educational technology."

"The enGauge professional development program is an important and one-of-a-kind tool for assisting districts in evaluating the impact technology is having in their systems. We are excited that NCREL is giving us the opportunity to take this important tool to all school systems in the country," says Alex Kaplan, CEO, Davidson Services. "We believe the enGauge professional development program complements our work with school systems in providing a path for continuous improvement to ensure that technology is impacting student achievement and administrative efficiency."

The enGauge professional development program is a training experience for school or district leadership teams to learn how to assess systemwide use of technology for teaching and learning. Developed by the North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC), enGauge has been extensively tested with school and district teams throughout the Midwest. The State Board of Education in Wisconsin has identified enGauge as an experience required of all school districts in order to receive educational technology funds.

NCREL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to providing research-based expertise, resources, assistance, and professional development opportunities to educators and policymakers. We are one of 10 educational research and development laboratories supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education. With nearly 25,000 public and private schools in our region, NCREL serves close to one-fifth of the nation's teachers and students. For more information on NCREL, please contact us at 800-252-0283, or visit our Web site at www.ncrel.org.

Davidson Services is dedicated to helping medium-sized school districts around the country implement technology and software solutions to support accountability and student achievement. We work directly with school district personnel to source and integrate best practices from across the United States. By leveraging our 20+ years of experience and outstanding record of success in directing and managing large, complex educational technology implementation projects, we are able to reduce costs and implementation time for our clients. Districts know Davidson Services as a reliable partner, with expert knowledge in education and technology, and as a one-of-a-kind provider of effective, affordable implementation and consulting services. For more information on Davidson Services, please contact Alex Kaplan at 949-854-0170, or visit our Web site at www.davidsonservices.com.

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