SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 2, 2007 –The Qwest Foundation is helping Utah educators learn new ways of integrating technology and curriculum with a donation of $10,000 to the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), the foundation announced today.

The Integrating Technology and Curriculum (ITC) workshop is a comprehensive, threeday professional development opportunity that helps teachers understand how to effectively integrate technology into their curriculum and classroom. Forty workshops will be held during the 2007-08 school year for 1,000 teachers. More than 30,000 students will be positively impacted by the learning, resources and skills developed in the workshops.

”Technology is so much a part of our life today and drives so much of what we need for tomorrow,” said Jerry Fenn, Qwest president for Utah. “Students are learning differently because of this technology, and the USOE is working hard to be in front of the technology power curve. They are giving our teachers the tools they need to prepare their students for tomorrow, today.”

“For our students to make full use of technology today and tomorrow, Utah’s teachers must be prepared to help them,” said Brenda Hales, associate state superintendent for Student Achievement and School Success. “This grant is much needed and appreciated, and we thank the Qwest Foundation.”

The ITC workshop is a collaboration between the USOE and the Utah Education
network. Support and coordination for the statewide training also comes from Utah’s four regional service centers and all 41 school districts.

Qwest has donated or pledged more than $110,000 in education related grants through the USOE this year.



About 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 Utah State Office of Education

The Utah State Office of Education supervises Utah’s public education system, which includes more than 500,000 students in 40 school districts and 53 charter schools.