Meeker Elementary School Distance Learning
Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and Meeker School District Re-1 have started to improve K-5 instruction in mathematics and science. The goal of this collaboration is to transfer the research and the curriculum that is being developed as part of the Bechtel K-5 Educational Excellence Initiative for use at Meeker Elementary School (MES). A major hindrance to this effort has been the 250 mile distance from MES to CSM, a portion of which is on rural roads and over the Rocky Mountains. These factors prevent regular visits and in- person meetings between MES and CSM faculty, which is possible with CSM's local partner elementary schools. The necessary funding to support the attendance of MES teachers to attend summer workshops at CSM, to purchase the necessary equipment to support electronic site visits to MES by our graduate students and faculty, and to provide the electronic instructional support to MES by one of our graduate students over two academic years has been generously provided by ExxonMobil.