Etcetera - 04/02/12

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A grant proposal submitted by Pioneer Middle School's Dan Calzaretta garnered him a $10,000 CenturyLink technology grant. He is one of nine winning teachers or teacher teams to receive the grants.

The award aims to integrate technology and improve the curriculum. To that end, Dan plans to buy classroom iPads for his students.

"While we often teach students what to learn, we rarely teach them how to learn," he said in a report online at KNDU. "The most powerful learning experiences spark curiosity, are relevant to students' lives, and are academically challenging."

Calzaretta teaches students in the Explorer Gifted Learning program, specializing in documentaries and film making. He says iPad technology could be incorporated into every step of the process.

"Students live in a 21st century world, but they step into a 19th century system as soon as they enter the school door," Dan said. "As educators it is our duty to give students the best possible chance for success. We do this when we combine current technology with relevant, meaningful, and exciting instruction."

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.

The Friends of the NRA banquet and auction will be held at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds Community Center April 20.

The event begins at 5 p.m. Currently, tickets are $40, or $50 at the door. For more details, call Dutch Meier at 527-0422.

Tom Stokes, with the Ice Age Flood Institute, will be in town to share pictures and information about the great floods that created much of the current topography of the Northwest.

He will give his talk at 1 p.m. Thursday at Golden West Estates, 1425 Jasper St., during the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Local Chapter 0237 meeting, said Norma J. Parker, public relations secretary.

For more details, call 525-0766.

Walla Wallan Victoria Henderson made Biola University's fall 2011 dean's list. She is one of 1,371 students so honored for academic excellence.

This past fall, 33 percent of Biola students achieved the goal.

Biola is in La Mirada, Calif.

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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