Contact: Jeff Hale, 277-2915
Bill Bramble, 277-6882
Laurie Mellas-Ramirez, 277-5915

July 11, 2001

K-12 TEACHERS AT UNM TO LEARN TECHNOLOGY SKILLS THROUGH INTEL TEACH TO THE FUTURE PROGRAM

K-12 teachers from across the state are completing an intensive course in technology through the Intel Teach to the Future Program directed by the University of New Mexico College of Education (COE) Technology Education Center.

A total of 120 "master teachers" from across the state will receive the training this summer during six weeklong courses. The program began in late May in Hobbs and was also offered in Clovis, Las Cruces and Santa Fe. Teachers from Albuquerque, Belen, Bernalillo and Los Lunas are in training at UNM Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, and Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27.

COE Technology Education Center Director Bill Bramble says the summer courses are a "train the trainer project." The master teachers are each charged with training an additional 40 teachers during the next two years. Some 5,800 New Mexico teachers will eventually benefit from the course, the largest project of this nature to date in the state.

"Every master teacher who completes the course will receive a high end laptop computer, software and a $5,000 grant to improve computer technology in the classroom," said Smith Frederick, project coordinator for UNM, adding that all teachers participating will receive valuable benefits.

In December, UNM received a $109,000 Intel grant to launch the Intel Teach to the Future Program, specifically designed to help teachers better use technology in the classroom. The grant also established Intel's New Mexico Regional Training Agency in the COE Technology Education Center. The second floor of the center has a lab devoted to the Intel Teach to the Future Program.

Bramble says the UNM directed project also receives support from Microsoft. Approximately $2 million in technology, education, and related support will be awarded via Intel and its partners to the state of New Mexico over a two-year period.

"I am delighted with the progress to date of the Intel Teach to the Future initiative, and wish to recognize the hard work of Bill Bramble and Smith Frederick," said Viola E. Florez, dean of the UNM College of Education.

"I am particularly pleased with the fact that we have been asked to conduct this intensive professional development project on a statewide level - with an even greater number of teachers than was originally envisioned in the grant - because the need for professional development of this caliber across our state is enormous," Florez adds.

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