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Edina Teacher, Chad Benesh, Receives 2008 Qwest Foundation Teachers and Technology Grant
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., May 5, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership (MBP) today presented Sobriety High Charter School teacher, Chad Benesh, with a $5,820 Qwest Teachers and Technology grant for his “Margin of Error Music Video” proposal.
The grant will enable Sobriety High to purchase additional computers, digital video equipment and software to create their own music videos.
"We received outstanding applications from public school teachers across the state," said John Stanoch, Minnesota president of Qwest. "Our Blue Ribbon Panel was particularly impressed with this proposal to use consumer media technology to critically examine polling data and surveys."
The lesson plan included in the proposal student teams will develop and administer a survey. After analyzing the survey results, student production teams will create music videos demonstrating and explaining the components of survey sampling such as bias, sampling error, margin of error and probability.
“Getting students excited about math and technology is extremely important to Minnesota’s future,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership. “We were excited about working with Qwest to encourage and reward teachers who are using technology to spark that excitement.”
Benesh is one of 15 Minnesota public school teachers to receive a 2008 Qwest Foundation Teachers and Technology Grant, which is administered by the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation. The grants are being presented individually to the recipients in their schools over the next few weeks.
Now in its second year, the Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant Program received applications from more than 60 public school teachers around the state. A Blue Ribbon Panel selected 15 of those proposals to receive grants this year totaling $96,000.

About Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation

The Minnesota Business Partnership Foundation is composed of more than 110 chief executives of Minnesota's largest employers. The Partnership's mission is to maintain a high quality of life for all Minnesotans by ensuring that the state's economy remains strong, globally competitive and its prospects for growth bright.

About the Qwest Foundation


The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.