$1.6 Million to Help Teachers With Technology

Willamette University, one of six partners in the Oregon Technology in Education Network (OTEN) Consortium has received a $1.6 million federal education grant designed to increase student achievement in K-12 classrooms in high need schools and to assist teachers who use technology in the classroom.

Sharing the four-year grant with Willamette University are the University of Portland, Pacific University, George Fox University, Concordia University and Western Baptist College.

"OTEN will be working with teacher leaders to provide high quality, technology rich clinical experiences for Willamette University pre-service teachers," said Steve Rhine, associate professor at Willamette's School of Education.

This Teacher Quality Enhancement-Partnership grant supports projects to increase the number of highly qualified teachers, particularly in core subject areas such as math and science, using research-based teaching methods. This year, 25 partnership grants worth more than $146 million over five years will be awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

This same consortium was awarded a $1.3 million grant in July 2001, also from the U.S. Department of Education, to help faculty who prepare students to become teachers, student teachers and K-12 supervising teachers.

The six institutions currently share a lending library of technology that includes wireless networked laptop computers, CD burners, data projectors, digital camcorders, high storage disk drives and software.