Walla Walla teachers among state grant winners

Two high school teachers will receive funding for projects to integrate technology in the classroom.

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WALLA WALLA -- Two local high school teachers are among 100 educators in the state to have been awarded $7,600 grants to integrate technology in the classroom.

On Monday, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction released the names of the 100 teachers who will receive the federal award for the 2010-11 school year. The grant money comes through the Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century program.

In Walla Walla Public Schools, Carina Stillman, an English teacher at Walla Walla High School, and Anthony Barba, a math teacher at Lincoln Alternative High School, were among the statewide winners.

Stillman and Barba will use the grant money to learn and introduce into their classrooms successful teaching strategies that integrate technology.

The grant program is designed to merge effective instructional and assessment techniques with real-world technology, according to the OSPI news release.

The federally-funded program will cover professional development through hands-on training with digital technologies, and the study and practice of instructional strategies that integrate technology.

To qualify, applicants had to represent districts with about 14 percent of families living below the poverty line, and whose schools were identified for improvement, did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress, or have a substantial need for assistance with technology.

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