ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Dec. 21, 2009) – Innovate-Educate New Mexico (IENM), a statewide catalyst in 21st century education and incubator state to national education leader Innovate-Educate, announced today on behalf of Qwest Communications and New Mexico's Affiliate Chapter of the International Society for Technology in Education (NMSTE) have awarded five grants totaling $25,000 to qualifying education projects in New Mexico.


The qualification process opened in the fall with several applicants. Through the selection process, three projects each were funded at $5,000 along with one at $4,000 and another at $3,000. The remaining $3,000 will be used towards travel and expenses for grant recipients at this spring’s statewide teacher conference in Albuquerque


<="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">“Innovate-Educate applauds Qwest for their partnership in advancing innovations in teaching and learning and recognizing the tremendous needs for funding and resources for their projects,” said Jamai Blivin, Executive Director of Innovate-Educate and Innovate-Educate New Mexico. “We commend New Mexico teachers for their vision and passion for technology and STEM education.”


“Improving education in the communities where our customers live and work is a priority for the Qwest Foundation,” said Loretta A. Armenta, Qwest’s president for New Mexico. “At its heart, the Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program is designed to better prepare New Mexican students to compete and succeed in our technology-driven world by helping teachers get technology into their classrooms to introduce and reinforce key concepts.”


 “NMSTE was thrilled to see so many high-quality applications from teachers across the state of New Mexico,” added Jill Brown, NMSTE President. “We want to thank Qwest and Innovate-Educate for this wonderful professional development opportunity. We also want to thank the winning teachers and fellow professionals who will use this to continue to help prepare productive citizens for New Mexico in the 21st Century.”


Receiving a $5,000 grant was Sierra Media Magnet for their Las Cruces Heroes Film Project at Sierra Middle School. No other middle school in the southern part of the entire state offers this amount of intensified curricula – featuring magnets for media, dance, science, theater, and piano just to name a few.


Math for a New Generation at Peñasco Middle School received $5,000 towards increasing the ratio of computers to students in math to 1:1 while exploring real-world issues and the use mathematic and technologic tools to engage in issue-related discussions; and familiarize students with technology-driven learning environments.


The third $5,000 grant was awarded for the 21st Century Guide to Roadside Geology at Vista Grande High School. Dubbed the “Best Virtual Fieldtrip on the Internet," the junior and senior classes will be leading an expedition into the roadside geology of New Mexico; from which they will share their knowledge through a digital recreation of the Halka Chronic book, "A Roadside Guide to Geology of New Mexico."


Online Advanced Placement Computer Science and Supercomputing Challenge received $4,000 for their ongoing commitment to offering Advanced Placement Computer Science (APCS) to schools throughout New Mexico. The overarching goal is to give all students throughout New Mexico, both rural and urban, an opportunity to prepare for post-secondary academic programs that require a fundamental background in computing principles. 




Picacho Middle School will receive $3,000 to create Media Public Service Announcements. The team-teachers will eating announcements to be played on closed circuit television and low-powered AM radio. Students will create video and audio about important topics that affect middle school students and the community at large.


Innovate-Educate also is pleased to announce the dates to the NMSTE/IENM Innovations in Leadership & Learning Conference on Thursday, April 22 and Friday, April 23, at the Marriott Pyramid in Albuquerque. This annual event brings together state and national leaders in industry, education, and government to coordinate existing efforts and collaborate on new ideas that engage students in the science and engineering fields to prepare a competitive workforce in the   Last year, nearly 700 attended this event.




About Innovate-Educate

Innovate-Educate is a national industry-led partnership with education and government leaders to develop and coordinate new, innovative efforts to inspire and engage education professionals and students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), resulting in a competitive workforce for the U.S. We are focused on empowering improvements in P-20 education by leveraging leadership and skills of global technology corporations and education thought leaders. For more information, visit


About Innovate-Educate New Mexico

Innovate-Educate is the parent organization to Innovate-Educate New Mexico. IENM addresses the needs of two million people and is home to two of the three largest national labs, is a minority/majority state, a large geographic state with many rural areas, and is a border state.  IENM is focused on empowering improvements in P-20 education by leveraging the leadership and skills of global technology corporations and education thorrently evaluating and in discussions right now with other states who are interested in becoming incubation states. For more, please visit


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.



NMSTE is New Mexico's ISTE Affiliate. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 professionals worldwide. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of transforming education. ISTE® is the registered trademark of International Society for Technology in Education.