DES MOINES, JAN. 28, 2008 – The Qwest Foundation today announced the Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program – to provide Iowa teachers with vital technology for their classrooms. Qwest is providing a $50,000 donation that will help fund innovative technology, so that individual teachers across the state can improve education in the classroom. The grants will be administered by the Iowa School Boards Foundation.

The purpose of the Qwest Teachers and Technology grant program is to recognize and reward public school teachers who use innovative technology in the classroom to improve the educational experience for students. 
In the first year of the program, Qwest awarded grants to four teachers in Iowa. The grants funded technologies including: An animation and game design curriculum at the senior high level; a lesson in being an entrepreneur and nursery owner through technology-enhanced botany courses; using the Internet to learn about the use of renewable and non-renewable resources and energy consumption and a technology based math program to improve student’s achievement in mathematics. 

Janet Hurley from Waverly-Shellrock elementary was one of the grant recipients. “The entire grant project has been an invaluable experience for our sixth grade students,” Hurley said. “The cutting-edge technology components we were able to acquire through the Qwest Foundation grant have allowed students to become proficient as twenty-first century critical thinkers and learners.” 

The grants will be awarded to teachers through a competitive grant process. Educators will find more information for the Qwest Teachers and Technology grants at www.ia-sb.org. The Web site provides specific instructions on the grant process. The deadline to receive applications is March 14, 2008

Jean Storms from West Delaware Middle School was also a grant recipient. After receiving the grant money, she was able to purchase a T1 Navigator System and T1-73 calculators for seventh graders. “Students love using the T1 system,” Storms said.  “This grant has made it possible to have 24 seventh graders engaged in math for a solid 40 minutes.”

 

About the Qwest Foundation:

The Qwest Foundation’s core principle is that investing in education 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-12 education.

About Iowa School Boards Foundation :

 

The Iowa School Boards Foundation is the research affiliate of the Iowa Association of School Boards. ISBF's mission is to foster excellence and equity in public education by providing objective, reliable information and research to school boards and other education policy makers.


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