[Curriculum Directors] Reminder: 2013-2014 CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant

Rick Gaisford rick at dsdf.org
Mon Nov 25 10:41:32 MST 2013

Please share the following announcement with teachers in your districts, schools, curriculum areas.



Rick Gaisford
Educational Technology Specialist
Utah State Office of Education
Rick.Gaisford at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Rick.Gaisford at schools.utah.gov>

2013 - 2014 CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant

The Utah State Office of Education (USOE) received $60,000.00 from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation to award to Utah’s K-12 technology pioneering teachers who demonstrate innovative uses of technology in the classroom.

The purpose of the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grants is to recognize, at the classroom level, those teachers integrating technology into their daily curriculum and to help expand or enhance their students’ learning experiences using technology.  Applicants are encouraged to create innovative teaching and learning projects and activities that take advantage of today's technology tools and resources to improve teaching and learning.  Applicants are encouraged to integrate technology across subject areas, engage students in project-producing events with measurable results, creatively use today’s telecommunication resources, and persuade other teachers and administrators to follow their example.

Any Utah K-12 public or private school teacher in a school in a CenturyLink service area is eligible to submit for one grant award. Grant funds may be used to purchase technology and/or supplies, pay expenses that support professional development needs. Grant funds may not be used to pay salaries or to pay stipends.

Funds are awarded to the school on behalf of the teacher. All materials and services purchased with CenturyLink’s funds as a result of this award are the property of the school district / charter school.

A panel representing the USOE and CenturyLink will meet in February 2014 to determine which applications will be funded. Grant funds must be expended by June 30, 2014.

The application deadline for this grant is January 10, 2014.

Mini-grant goals:

  *   improve student achievement using today’s technology
  *   build real-world team problem-solving environments
  *   lay groundwork for future technology integration projects
  *   leverage the use of  telecommunications including the Internet

Mini-grant purposes:

  *   recognize and support innovative teaching
  *   encourage  out-of-the-box thinking
  *   leverage classroom technology outside of the standard “brick and mortar" resources
  *   encourage student use of real-world communicative mediums and development of problem-solving skills across the  curriculum
  *   demonstrate technology integration possibilities in strengthening student achievement

Grant Guidelines

Please carefully read the entire application before submitting your proposal.

Application Due Date

Grant applications must be submitted by midnight January 10, 2014.  Grants submitted after that date and time will not be considered.  All grants must be submitted using the online application form. Grants sent via e-mail or postal mail will NOT be considered.

Eligibility and Agreements

• All Utah certified K-12 public or private school teachers employed by a school district or charter school in CenturyLink’s service areas in Utah are eligible to apply.  (See AppendixA)

• It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform and gain permission from the school, district/charter school administration before applying.

• Teachers awarded the grant agree to provide to the USOE and CenturyLink a status report of the project’s progress or completion by June 30, 2014.

• Previous Qwest Teachers and Technology mini-grant recipients are eligible for this program.

• Applicant’s status as a CenturyLink customer is not considered in this grant review.

Technical Assistance

            For assistance completing the application, please contact Rick Gaisford at the USOE at (801) 538-7798 or via e-mail atrick.gaisford at schools.utah.gov<mailto:rick.gaisford at schools.utah.gov> Additional grant writing resources and information about the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Mini-Grant program can be found at http://my.uen.org/39 (see Grants and CenturyLink Grant tabs).

Award Process

• This is a competitive grant application. Grant readers include representatives from the USOE, CenturyLink, government officials, and statewide community and business leaders.  The grant-scoring guide is included with this application.

• Grant funds up to the amount available are awarded by the grantor to the top scoring applications. The USOE and CenturyLink will notify the winning applicants of their status during February 2014.

• All materials and services purchased with CenturyLink Teachers and Technology  grant award funds are the property of the school district/charter school.

• Awardees will work with their local district/charter school to acquire materials and services and to submit the proper forms to USOE for reimbursement.

Maximum Award

$2,500 per grant

Grant Application Instructions

Please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Visit the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Mini-Grant Application page at

http://my.uen.org/39 (CenturyLink Tab)

Step 2: Download the PDF and/or Word version of the application

Step 3: Review the application, scoring guide and rubrics, and other information on the web site

Step 4: It is recommended that you write you proposal in a word processor before beginning Step 6.

Step 5: In a web browser open the following link to submit your application:


Step 6:  Complete and answer each question of the application:

 Part 1: Grant Cover Sheet

 Part 2:  CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Program Applicant Certification

 Part 3:  Budget form and narrative detailing project expenditures.

 Part 4: Project Summary Narrative

Step 7: Submit your application. You will receive a confirmation from the application that you proposal was submitted successfully. Please note that once you start your application you cannot stop and save it to finish at another time.

Step 8: Remember:

     A. Maximum Award: $2500

    B. Only one application per teacher is allowed

    C. All applications must be received by midnight, January 10, 2014

For additional information and to download the grant application, please go to the CenturyLink Grant web site:

or contact:

Rick Gaisford
Educational Technology Specialist
Utah State Office of Education
Rick.Gaisford at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Rick.Gaisford at schools.utah.gov>

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