Florida Local Education Foundations Win Grants from the CenturyLink Foundation for Innovative Technology Projects

CenturyLink and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations announced 24 winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation's Teacher and Technology grant program. Each project will receive up to $5,000 to purchase technology to enhance digital learning and technology-driven classroom instruction.

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It is exciting to see educators implement creative teaching techniques that assist students in hands-on learning.

Gainesville, FL (PRWEB) April 30, 2014

CenturyLink, Inc. and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) recently announced 24 winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program, conducted in partnership with the CFEF, launched in Florida last year and awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classroom.

“We are very pleased to be a part of providing innovative technology in the classroom that enhances the learning experience for students in these schools,” said Dana Chase, CenturyLink East Regional President. “It is exciting to see educators implement creative teaching techniques that assist students in hands-on learning.”

The winners were selected by a review committee comprised of community members and a CenturyLink representative. Schools received CenturyLink grants through the CFEF and their local education foundation to be used by the teacher to purchase technology to benefit students in the classroom.

Twelve local education foundations were awarded 24 grants of up to $5,000 each for teacher professional development and/or the purchase of technology items to enhance digital learning and technology-driven classroom instruction. Projects range from the purchase of iPads and software to improve math and reading skills to the purchase of Smart Board Systems to help facilitate classroom instruction to summer externships for teachers for experience in using technology in the real-world and classroom adaptations. For more information about the program and a list of awarded project abstracts go to http://www.cfef.net/p/49/centurylink-teachers-technology.

About the CenturyLink Foundation

CenturyLink’s vision is to improve lives, strengthen businesses and connect communities by delivering advanced technologies and solutions with honest and personal service. CenturyLink extends this vision through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to contributing to endeavors that improve the well-being and overall quality of life for people throughout CenturyLink’s communities. Named after CenturyLink’s founder Clarke M. Williams, the Foundation is endowed by CenturyLink to support community initiatives that encourage our employees to use their time, talents and resources to strengthen the communities in which they live and work.

About the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF)

The CFEF is the membership organization for Florida’s local education foundations aligned with the state’s 67 county-wide school districts. Established in 1987, the CFEF seeks to advance student achievement in Florida by increasing private-sector investment and involvement in public education. The CFEF now has 59 member foundations with 1,100 business and community leaders serving as volunteer board members. Collectively, they raise nearly $60 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $25 million to local education foundations since 2002 through various private and public sector partnerships, including the State of Florida School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program.