DENVER – May 25, 2010 – For the fourth year, the Qwest Foundation is helping a group of Colorado teachers overcome budget restraints and bring forward-thinking technology-based programs to their students that will impact more than 8,700 Colorado students.
Earlier this year, the Qwest Foundation announced that Colorado teachers can apply for a share of $150,000 in grants to fund technology-related classroom projects for the 2010-2011 school year. Now, together with the Public Education & Business Coalition, the Qwest Foundation has named 33 Colorado teachers as recipients of the 2010 Teachers & Technology grants – six of which are in Western Colorado.
· The Qwest Teachers & Technology grant program has named and will award grants to 6 Western Colorado teachers who put today’s technology to use for their students.
· Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers with ideas about how to use technology in the classroom to engage students, enhance student performance and prepare the students for life in a technologically advanced world were eligible to apply.
o Ben Bohmfalk of Roaring Fork High School (Roaring Fork School District RE-1)
o Debbie Yeager of Ridgeview Elementary School (Moffat County School District RE-1)
o Walter Duhaime of Escalante Middle School (Durango School District R-9)
· For a list of all the winners throughout Colorado and a description of their projects, visit www.pebc.org.
“It’s more important than ever to cultivate our students into future leaders, and being comfortable with new technology is critical. The Qwest Foundation thanks all of the applicants and congratulates these dedicated teachers for their innovative and forward-thinking programs.”
· For a list of eligible districts, visit: http://www.pebc.org/page.php?id=59.
· Learn more about the PEBC at www.pebc.org.
The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundationawards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.
About the Public Education & Business Coalition
Public Education & Business Coalition is a Colorado-based nonprofit partnership of business and education leaders whose mission is to cultivate excellence in public schools so all students succeed in learning and in life. The 27-year-old nonprofit provides customized, site-based professional development for educators, and hosts ednewscolorado.org, an education-focused news and opinion Web site.
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