Winning Forida 'Teachers & Technology' Classroom Innovation Projects Awarded by CenturyLink

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CenturyLink and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations announced 25 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.

“It’s encouraging to see teachers’ enthusiasm for bringing new learning tools and techniques into their classrooms...

CenturyLink, Inc. and the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) recently announced 25 Florida winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology Grants program. The program, conducted in partnership with the CFEF, 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 were excited to see the innovation and creativity in this year’s grant applications,” said Kevin McCarter, CenturyLink East Regional President. “It’s encouraging to see teachers’ enthusiasm for bringing new learning tools and techniques into their classrooms, and we are pleased to be able to help expose students to more educational technology in their daily school lives.”

Across the country, more than 1,000 grant applications were received. In Florida, 96 teachers applied through their school district-wide education foundation, with 25 winning projects selected by a review committee comprised of community members and a CenturyLink representative. The winning teachers’ schools received grants to be used for technology items and related professional development to benefit students in the classroom.

Eleven local education foundations were awarded 25 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. For more information about the program and a descriptions of awarded projects visit 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 more than $45 million annually to support students, teachers and schools through a variety of programs. The CFEF has provided more than $32 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.

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