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AT&T INVITES WISCONSIN TEACHERS TO APPLY FOR INSTITUTE EXPLORING NEW VISIONS OF MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION

 NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Math and science teachers from Wisconsin who like to bring innovative lessons to the classroom are being invited to apply for the second AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute, the company's collaborative effort with educators to explore new visions of learning.
 Two teaches will be selected from Wisconsin to attend the intensive set of workshops from July 17 to July 30, 1994, and explore new outlooks on math and science with world-renowned AT&T Bell Laboratories scientists; learn about the technologies that are changing the world around us; share ideas and information with other teachers from across the nation; and observe the skills that can best carry their students into the workplace of the future.
 Any full-time 7th- to 12th-grade science and/or math teacher in public, private or parochial school in Wisconsin may apply. A total of 48 middle and high school teachers -- two each from 23 states and the District of Columbia -- will be chosen for the 1994 institute. Applications will be available through school principals late this month and by calling 908-221-7350.
 The governor -- who will concur on teacher selections made by an AT&T panel -- will designate educators chosen for the institute as Governor's Fellows.
 "The way communications can help to vastly enrich all aspects of our lives, both now and in the future, is being actively explored at Bell Labs today," said Arno Penzias, a 1978 Nobel Prize winner and vice president of research there. Penzias was one of the speakers during last year's program and is scheduled to participate again this year. "There are few audiences more appropriate than our children's teachers to gain insights into how advances in communications can help better prepare our future leaders."
 AT&T will provide institute attendees transportation to and from the Somerset, N.J., site of the institute, as well as housing, local transportation and meals. The Governor's Fellows of Wisconsin also will receive a $1,000 stipend to defray any additional costs of attending.
 Applications for the 1994 institute also will be accepted from teachers located in Wisconsin and Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
 This will be the middle year of the three-year AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute program, and by 1995, some 150 teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will have had the opportunity to attend.
 As part of the program, the 48 teachers who participated last year were enrolled in a Learning Circle on AT&T's Learning Network free of charge for the fall 1993 semester. This has allowed students of institute participants to link up for a variety of classroom activities, such as comparing soil pollutants from different geographic regions, and collaborating on the design of futuristic airplanes.
 "The teachers have also been pleased to bring to the classroom a main point underscored by the institute, which is the importance of tying a drive for innovation to other values, such as respect for individuals, integrity and teamwork," said Jeanmarie Kantor, director of the institute. "It's this kind of teacher support that AT&T hopes will lead to today's students becoming the highly skilled workers and outstanding citizens of our country's future."
 In addition to supporting teachers, AT&T funds a broad array of education programs that seek to encourage parental involvement, connect people through technology, and support achievement in math, science and engineering.
 This year, AT&T and its philanthropic unit, the AT&T Foundation, provided more than $16 million in cash grants to education programs, and supplemented the funding through a computer equipment-donation program and loans of AT&T Bell Laboratories technical personnel to a variety of projects. AT&T also has launched a new effort to promote innovative education programs in industrial ecology.
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 /CONTACT: Kelly Statmore of AT&T, 908-221-8926, or 215-297-0841, home/


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