Morgridge Family Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Interactive Tools for Colorado Classrooms

The Morgridge Family Foundation in Denver has announced a gift of interactive and multimedia technology curriculum tools valued at $1.3 million to three hundred teachers throughout Colorado as part of its 21st Century Classrooms Collaboration (21st CCC) initiative.

As part of the foundation's initiative, the toolkits will be awarded at the start of the upcoming school year to teachers from seventeen districts, charter schools, private schools, and one university, including Denver Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools, the Douglas County School District, and the University of Denver. The toolkits contain interactive whiteboards, interactive formative assessment tools, and teacher training materials provided by SMART Technologies and Promethean, both of which will provide online resources for teachers and train-the-trainer sessions for 21st CCC participants in the fall.

"We believe that interactive technologies are transforming education at every level," said Ginger Maloney, dean of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. "We have moved well beyond the 'one room schoolhouse' — we are now in the era of the 'one world schoolhouse.' Preparing educators to use these new interactive tools to enhance the educational success of every learner will be our goal as partners in this innovative project."

"$1.3 Million Gift to Colorado Teachers Enables Classrooms With 21st Century Technology" Morgridge Family Foundation Press Release 08/12/2008.