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CenturyLink Funds Teachers & Technology Grant Awards
Nine Washington State Learning Projects Win $10,000 Grants

OLYMPIA — March 27, 2012 — A total of nine Washington state educators will each receive $10,000 technology grants, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today.

The CenturyLink/OSPI Teachers & Technology grants are awarded to educators who design a learning project that will strengthen existing curricula and integrate technology. During the past five years, the program has given away $450,000 for classroom-based technology benefiting more than 6,550 students.

“Every year, we’re excited to recognize a new group of outstanding teachers and teacher-librarians,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “Our partnership with CenturyLink makes it possible to spotlight educators who can show us the ways technology integration can make great teaching even better.”

Winning projects come from across the state and include a competition-level robot, a documentary that investigates why populations migrate to specific area and the design and fabrication of 3D product models. The variety and scope of the nine 2012 learning projects touch all core subjects and integrate state learning standards with the most current Web technologies.

“With the budget constraints our schools are dealing with, this program has proven over the years to be beneficial for teachers and students,” said Sue Anderson, vice president and general manager for CenturyLink in Seattle. “Working with the OSPI, the goal of the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology program has been to increase the success of students by using technology to engage them in learning.”

2012 CenturyLink/OSPI Award Recipients

Linda Somerlott, Barry Warren Columbia (Stevens) Columbia Elementary
Mary Hall Highland Highland High School
Rebecca Fountain Kelso Carrolls Elementary
Antha Holt, Jennifer Monroe McCleary McCleary School
Tim Cruger Nine Mile Falls Lakeside High School
Karen Estes Othello Alternative Learning Placement Site (A.L.P.S.)
Debra Taylor, Lisa Salisbury San Juan Island Friday Harbor Elementary

Kathryn Egawa, Lisa DeBurle, Chris Lloyd, Missa Marmalstein, Patrick Wildermann

Seattle Pathfinder K-8 School
Daniel Calzaretta Walla Walla Pioneer Middle School

CenturyLink (formerly Qwest) has funded the program since 2007. Each of the nine winning teachers or teacher teams will receive $10,000 to implement their winning grant proposals. Representatives from OSPI and CenturyLink joined district staff, previous grant awardees and educators from around Washington to evaluate and select the winning projects.

While many projects are classroom-bound, a high number take students out to industry and nature. Many of the projects involve student peers and a significant number interface with industry professionals, families and the community.

To date, 92 teachers and teacher-librarians have received CenturyLink/OSPI Teachers & Technology grants.

For more information, visit the CenturyLink/OSPI Teachers & Technology Grant Program page on the OSPI Web site.


About OSPI
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 provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
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The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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