April 26, 2010 | Education
Verizon Grant Launches National Program to Improve Latino Students' Educational Achievement
The ASPIRA Association announced that a $450,000 Verizon Foundation grant will help it develop a national program that creates innovative educational resources, using Verizon Thinkfinity, for charter schools with a high concentration of Latino students.
The "Integration of Thinkfinity Learning Resources into the Charter Schools' Curriculum: A National Model" will design culturally sensitive learning modules. Verizon Thinkfinity trainers and ASPIRA teachers will initially train staff at ASPIRA schools in Philadelphia, Chicago, Delaware and Florida to incorporate the resources into their curriculum. These resources will also be available on www.thinkfinity.org.
"With the rapid growth of the Latino population in the U.S., it is more important than ever to ensure that all students have access to the educational resources they need to excel," said Ronald Blackburn-Moreno, president and CEO of the ASPIRA Association.
ASPIRA is the only national Hispanic organization dedicated exclusively to developing the educational and leadership capacity of Hispanic youth. "Our goal with this program is to expand the use of Verizon Thinkfinity resources to all Latino student-serving charter schools in the nation," said Alfredo Calderon, executive director of ASPIRA of Pennsylvania.
The Antonia Pantoja Charter School in Philadelphia is one of the schools that will pilot the program. ASPIRA announced its exciting new program at the school, where a teacher led a group of students through a lesson on Earth Day, using Verizon Thinkfinity resources.
"Seeing Thinkfinity in action is the best way to understand its value. Technology tools, such as Verizon Thinkfinity, provide a tremendous opportunity to enhance education for every student, teacher and parent within reach of the Internet," said Patrick Gaston, Verizon Foundation president. "Verizon has a long-standing relationship with ASPIRA, and we are proud to partner with them on this unique national program that takes technology-enabled education to a new level to better serve greater numbers of students."
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