BOISE, Oct. 11, 2007 – The Idaho State Department of Education is inviting K-12 teachers from throughout Idaho to apply for $75,000 in grants from the Qwest Foundation. The purpose of the grants is to fund innovative uses of technology in the classroom to improve student achievement.
This will be the fourth year Idaho teachers will receive the grants, which have funded projects ranging from robotics to rocketry to improving fitness. More than 300 teachers from across the state have applied in the previous three years, and the total amount awarded will reach $250,000 after this year’s winners are selected. A summary of the 11 grants awarded last year follows below.
“This program is a great way to encourage more innovation in the classroom,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. “I am excited to continue partnering with Qwest on this program. It is a great example of how the business community can become more involved in public education and make a difference for Idaho’s students.”
“We have been very impressed with the creativity and overall excellence of the grant recipients over the past few years,” said Jim Schmit, Qwest’s president for Idaho. “Funding this program is a great way for Qwest to help teachers and make a positive difference in the education of Idaho students.”
Teachers have until November 16, 2007, to apply for the grants, which will be awarded early next year. Teachers can obtain an application form online at www.sde.idaho.gov/EducatorResources/. The State Department of Education also will send information directly to schools and districts across the state.
The grant program began after a statewide evaluation of technology in public schools was completed in 2003. The evaluation suggested that many Idaho teachers had mastered the basics of using technology, but needed support in integrating technology
in the curriculum. In part because of the program’s success in Idaho, Qwest is now partnering with state education departments in the 13 other states in its service territory on similar teacher grant programs.
Funding the grants fits with the Qwest Foundation’s mission of supporting K-12 education programs that generate high-impact results and lasting value for the future.
Winners of Idaho Teacher Technology Grants, 2006-2007
Aberdeen: Wayne Millet, Aberdeen High School
Project: Music Composition Recording Technology
Music composition and recording software and equipment
Bliss: Andrea Robbins, Bliss School
Project: Is Our Water Clean?
Water quality testing probes and other equipment
Boise: Paul Olson, West Junior High School
Project: Keyboard/Syntesizer Lab
Keyboards and related software and equipment
Carey: Lee Pace, Carey School
Project: Quizdom Audience Response Units
Hand-held student response system
Idaho Falls: Stephen Cossel, Skyline High School
Project: Interactive T1 Navigator System
Networked calculator system
Lewiston: Theresa DuChemin, Centennial Elementary School
Project: Centennial Broadcast System
Equipment for student news broadcasts
Pinehurst: Marcelle Barrett, Pinehurst Elementary
Project: Digital Friends
Digital cameras and scanners
Pocatello: Christina Melancon, GATE Way Center
Project: Discovery Education Unitedstreaming
Subscription to online library
Rexburg: Patricia Parker, Lyman Elementary School
Project: Idaho on the Go
GPS units for geography class
Salmon: Jeremy Burgess and Dr. Terry Magoon, Salmon High School
Project: Veterans History Project
Equipment to allow students to create submissions for nationwide project
Sandpoint: Carol McCleod, Lake Pend Oreille Alternative High School
Project: Immersion Language Lab
Portable ”Alpha Smarts” laptops