Eugene Brucker Education Center is headquarters of the San Diego Unified School District. File photo

The Barona Band of Mission Indians awarded a $5,000 grant to Henry C. Johnson Elementary School to purchase classroom audio tracking technology, the San Diego Unified School District announced Monday.

Swivl’s C5 tracking system gives teachers the ability to better observe the conversations students have in class, allowing them to address if a student who might otherwise be overlooked is struggling, according to the SDUSD.

“Due to budget cuts, faculty at Johnson Elementary work to meet the needs of all students through more group work and projects in the classroom,” said Edwin “Thorpe” Romero, chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. “Our tribe is honored to present this grant to provide teachers with the latest technology available to assess student learning in an evolving classroom environment.”

Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, nominated the school for the Barona Education Grant.

Barona Tribal Vice Chairman Ray Welch presented the award to Johnson Elementary Principal Tracey Jenkins-Martin. The Barona Band has awarded more than $3.4 million in computers, books, iPads, software and other supplies to 686 California schools since launching its grant program in 2006.

–City News Service

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