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Nine State Projects Win $10,000 Technology Grants

OLYMPIA — March 29, 2011 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) today announced the nine winners of this year’s Qwest Teachers & Technology grants.

The grants fund classroom projects ranging from sharing oral reading presentations with pen pals in Britain and Bahrain, to creating multimedia documentaries on the history of agriculture in North Central Washington, to building language proficiency by creating audio and video podcasts.

Each of the nine winning teachers or teacher teams will receive $10,000 to implement their winning projects. All learning proposals integrate the state’s learning standards and Web 2.0 technologies for educational technology.

“There’s no better combination for learning than great teaching and technology,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “Our partnership with the Qwest Foundation makes it possible to call out learning projects that really show the ways technology integration can strengthen great teaching and meet the needs of different learners.”

Grant recipients come from the following schools and districts:

School District School District
Daybreak Schools* Battle Ground Stevens Middle School Port Angeles
Daybreak Schools* Battle Ground Evergreen Elementary Shelton
Birchwood Elementary Bellingham Showalter Middle School Tukwila
Aviation High School Highline Foster High School Tukwila
Oroville High School Oroville    
*Separate projects with separate teacher teams

Qwest Foundation grant awards recognize teachers and teacher-librarians whose learning projects act as exemplars of technology-enriched instruction. Each project is standards-based and takes a creative approach to classroom and field-based learning activities. Many of the projects involve student peers and interface with industry professionals, families and the community.

“Providing funds that allow educators to be progressive and innovative through technology is something we are proud of, especially at a time when schools are forced to operate on limited budgets,” said Kirk Nelson, Qwest’s State President. “Students are able to connect and interact with their peers around the world, develop creative and technical skills with video, and research facts about their neighborhoods and environment, all through the use of advanced technology. Teachers and Technology brings another level of excitement to the classroom.”

Since 2007, the Qwest Foundation has funded grants for 76 Washington state educators who use digital technologies to improve their instructional practice, and to engage and motivate young learners. Informally, Qwest Foundation awardees participate in a professional learning community through which they network, share expertise and inspire each other’s creative development as teachers.

Representatives from OSPI, the Governor’s Office and the Qwest Foundation joined educators from around Washington to evaluate and select the winning projects.

For more information on the Qwest Foundation Teachers & Technology Grant Program, visit the Educational Technology Web site at OSPI.


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine Educational Service Districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI does not discriminate and provides equal access to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, color, gender, religion, creed, marital status, national origin, sexual preference/orientation, age, veteran’s status or the presence of any physical, sensory or mental disability.

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2011 Qwest Foundation Grant recipients and learning projects


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