Two teachers receive Gates' foundation grants
October 2, 2008 · Updated 2:48 PM
Two teachers from the Snoqualmie Valley School District were among
the 1,000 other Washington educators chosen to participate in the Bill
& Melinda Gates Foundation's Teacher Leadership Project (TLP).
Third-grade teacher Laurie Wesorick of Fall City Elementary
and seventh-grade teacher David Cruz of Snoqualmie Middle School will
spend their summer vacation honing their leadership skills and learning how
to effectively use technology in the classroom.
"Too often teachers have the technology but not the training to apply
it to their classroom," said Linda Dobbs, the director of TLP. "This
program provides teachers the resources and skills to use technology as an
effective tool for improved teaching and learning."
The TLP grant offers 11 days of training, $9,000 for classroom
hardware, which includes a printer and other equipment to bring the
classroom to a 1-to-4 computer/student ratio and a laptop computer.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will invest $45 million in
the Washington state program over the next three years and an additional
$25 million is earmarked for future national support of teacher
leadership development efforts.
For more information about the grant program, visit the
foundation's Web site at www.gatesfoundation.org/learning/education.