SANTA FE, N.M. (January 20, 2011) – Qwest Communications has awarded grants totaling $75,000 to two organizations under the Qwest Teachers & Technology Grant Program.

Innovate+Educate was awarded $25,000 and will partner with the districts and educational leadership in the New Mexico STEM Network to improve the use of technology in effective teaching and learning with a focus on expanding access to learning resources for all students.

Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Foundation will provide $50,000 to teachers and educational leaders who are using technology in innovative ways to transform teaching and learning, also with a focus on expanding access via virtual resources.

All of the geographical areas that are impacted are key focus areas in which Qwest provides the backbone of the infrastructure for innovation in technology in education. 

The Qwest Teachers & Technology grant program identifies highlights and recognizes outstanding organizations teachers who are using technology in the classroom in new and innovative ways. Both partners will highlight and share best practices with educators across the state at the annual New Mexico Society for Technology in Education (NMSTE) Conference taking place at the Albuquerque Uptown Sheraton on April 28-30, 2011.  

We wish to congratulate the winners of the Qwest grant for Albuquerque Public Schools: Martha McArthur, Zia Elementary School; Heather Dahl, El Dorado High School; Christine Lawrence, Zia Elementary School; Robert Frausto, Highland High School; Jeff Huggins, Albuquerque High School; Janell Gabaldon, La Luz Elementary School; Vince Case, Sandia Mountain Natural History Center; Jesse McFarland, Manzano High School; Susan Bowdoin, Zuni Elementary School ; Terri Gassaion, Governor Bent Elementary School, and Mark Langner, Madison Middle School.

Additional funding was granted in the southern region of the state to benefit teachers in Gadsden Independline content. Additional recipients included Karen Trujillo of Alma D'Arte High School in Las Cruces and Mark Franzak of Gadsden High School.

Loretta Armenta, President of Qwest New Mexico, states, “Over the course of the last five years, Qwest has invested $325,000 to promote innovation with New Mexico educators and has impacted thousands of students throughout New Mexico,” said Loretta A. Armenta, president for Qwest New Mexico. “Qwest is excited, once again, to lead the pack as we continue to work with APS and Innovate+Educate to better equip students to compete in New Mexico’s technology-driven workforce through the use of innovative technology in classrooms.”

Dr. Tom Ryan, CIO of Albuquerque Public Schools recognized Qwest for their continued support to the district, “APS appreciates the generous support and partnership that Qwest endows for teachers who provide quality instruction to our students using technology. This year we were able to award 11 teachers who not only will be using technology in innovative ways with their students but these teachers will also provide opportunities for their colleagues to improve their skills in using technology in the classroom as proposed in their grants. This ensures that all students will benefit from the Qwest grants”.

Jamai Blivin, President and CEO of Innovate+Educate recognizes Qwest’s partnership as key to advancing innovation in education, “Innovate+Educate is working strategically with the lead technology companies in the U.S. to align, coordinate and collaborate with their initiatives in advancing partnerships for education. Qwest’s leadership role in New Mexico is an example of this collaboration to support the innovation in the classrooms across New Mexico. We are pleased to award our teachers and leaders in 2010-2011 to advance technology in education with an additional focus on the NM STEM Network in Southern New Mexico and Gadsden School District located in Anthony and Santa Teresa, NM.”

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.

About Innovate+Educate

Innovate + Educate works closely with private industry throughout the nation to create long-lasting partnerships. We are placing 21st century skills at the center of education by building collaborative partnerships among education, business, community, and government leaders. Innovate+EducaPiloting new models, Aligning existing resources to support innovative projects, Bringing industry and education experts together to build on promising practices. For more, visit www.innovate-educate.org.

 

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