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Kentucky Teachers to Receive Free Online Resources and Training Through as Part of a $50,000 Grant

WEBWIRE Now Also Offers Enhanced Free Educational Resources for Parents, Students; Adds Information About After-School Programs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Department of Education received a $50,000 grant Tuesday (April 1) from the Verizon Foundation to raise awareness and train teachers throughout the state to use thousands of free educational resources available on is the Verizon Foundation’s comprehensive online portal to more than 55,000 educational and literacy resources for teachers, parents and students. Resources include standards-based, grade-specific, K-12 lesson plans and engaging interactive activities provided in partnership with many of the nation’s leading educational and literacy organizations. offers elementary through high school teachers resources across eight academic disciplines, from science to English to mathematics, to improve student achievement. is designed to help teachers gain access to online resources quickly.

The Verizon Foundation announced the grant at the National Center for Family Literacy’s National Conference on Family Literacy in Louisville. The National Center for Family Literacy is a partner and provides content for the Web site. The grant will be used to:

* Provide professional development opportunities to classroom teachers statewide through on-site and online training.

* Raise awareness about resources and professional development opportunities to educators statewide.’s resources are aligned with Kentucky’s Program of Studies and Core Content for Assessment, providing teachers with matched lesson plans in a variety of subjects,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon E. Draud. “This grant will provide us with the means to train educators so that they may immediately access the wealth of information available.”

To make the Thinkfinity site even more valuable to teachers, students and parents, the Verizon Foundation recently announced several enhancements and improvements to, including:

* The addition of 500 new resources.

* Individual portals to allow users to search for resources targeted to educators, students, parents or after-school programs.

* A dynamic new look.

* A simple, more comprehensive search engine.

* Ability to search for resources tailored to individual state standards.

In addition to providing standards-based resources from the nation’s leading educational and literacy organizations, also offers a comprehensive professional development program that allows teachers to sign up for free online or face-to-face training to learn how to make the most of tools.

“Whether it’s an English teacher looking for resources to spark a love of reading in a student, or a parent seeking a convenient and user-friendly educational activity to stimulate the mind of a young child, will help them quickly and easily find the information needed to improve student achievements,” said Michelle Robinson, Verizon senior vice president, Southern region.

Content for is provided through a partnership between the Verizon Foundation and 11 of the nation’s leading organizations in the fields of education and literacy: the American Association for the Advancement of Science, International Reading Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Center for Family Literacy, National Council on Economic Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Council of Teachers of English, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Geographic Society, ProLiteracy Worldwide and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, supports the advancement of literacy and K-12 education through its signature program,, and fosters awareness and prevention of domestic violence. In 2007, the foundation awarded more than $67.4 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched the charitable donations of Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $25.1 million in combined contributions. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation’s largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered more than 3 million hours of community service since Verizon’s inception in 2000.

For more information on the foundation, visit


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