DENVER – Nov. 2, 2010 Over the past five years, hundreds of teachers in Colorado have found innovative ways to improve students’ success by bringing new, relevant technology to their classrooms as a result of $700,000 in awards from the Qwest Foundation through the Qwest Teachers & Technology grant program.

To continue these high-tech triumphs, the Qwest Foundation, in partnership with the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), announced that Colorado teachers can apply for a share of $150,000 in grants to fund technology-related classroom projects for the 2011-2012 school year.

 

KEY FACTS

  • Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded by the Qwest Teachers & Technology program to teachers across the state to create 21st Century classrooms for their students.
  • More than 300 teachers and 27,000 students throughout Colorado have been directly impacted by Qwest Teachers & Technology grants.
  • The Qwest Teachers & Technology grants will be awarded to eligible teachers through a competitive process administered by the PEBC.
  • Pre-K through 12th-grade teachers with ideas to use technology in the classroom to engage students, enhance student performance and prepare them for life in a technologically advanced world are eligible to apply.
  • The grant application deadline is January 10, 2011; educators may learn more about the project and download applications at http://www.qwest.com/coloradoteachers. The funds may be used to purchase supplies or to support professional development needs; funds may not be used to pay salaries or stipends.

SUPPORTING QUOTES

 

Chuck Ward, Qwest president of Colorado

“We’ve had the privilege of witnessing how Qwest’s Teachers & Technology grants often act as a catalyst for change within Colorado schools. When one teacher shows an innovative approach to engaging his/her students through technology, other teachers look to collaborate and ultimately drive for further development.”

 

Rosann Ward, president of PEBC

“Partnerships between business and education organizations, like the one between the Qwest Foundation and the Public Education and Business Coalition, are integral to ensuring that teachers and students have access to the technology that is available today and to preparing future leaders for the technologies that have yet to be developed.”

 

SUPPORTING RESOURCESWatch the Qwest Teachers & Technology video: http://bit.ly/ColoradoTeachers.

  • Learn more about the project, and download applications at http://www.qwest.com/coloradoteachers.
  • For a list of eligible districts, visit: http://www.pebc.org/page.php?id=59.
  • See photos of past winners on Facebook.
  • About the Qwest Foundation

     

    Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.

     

    About the Public Education & Business Coalition

     

    Public Education & Business Coalition is a Colorado-based nonprofit partnership of business and education leaders whose mission is to cultivate excellence in public schools so all students succeed in learning and in life. The 28-year-old nonprofit develops the intellectual and scholarly practices of educators across the continuum of their professional lives so that our schools are worthy of our students. PEBC also hosts ednewscolorado.org, an online journalism site focused on education news and opinions. 

     

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