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MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHERS TO STUDY AT AT&T BELL LABS

 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T), the governors of 16 states, including Pennsylvania, and the mayor of the District of Columbia joined today to announce an innovative educational program aimed at enhancing the skills of the nation's math and science teachers.
 Over the next three years, AT&T said, middle and high school teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity to participate in the new AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute. Governors and the mayor will select the winners from candidates who have been screened by a panel of experts from AT&T.
 AT&T said it hopes its Teachers & Technology Institute program will attract the nation's most creative and innovative mathematics and science teachers. The company views the program as a collaborative effort with the teachers to explore new visions of education.
 In all, 153 winning teachers -- to be designated Governors' Fellows -- will attend intensive two-week workshops during the course of the program, starting with 51 teachers this summer. The latest teaching tools and techniques will be employed, such as networked, interactive video communications, and the workshops will be conducted by AT&T experts in quality and education, including scientists and engineers from AT&T Bell Laboratories.
 Bell Labs people have brought the world many of this century's key inventions and developments. The staff includes Nobel Prize winners and world-renowned physicists, mathematicians, engineers and information science experts. Advancements from Bell Labs include the transistor, the laser, information theory, stereo sound, communications satellites, glass fiber communications systems, the UNIX(R) computer operating system, video communications and many others.
 "Here at Bell Labs we value the power of creative thinking," said Arno Penzias, vice president of research at Bell Labs, and a scheduled speaker in the program. "We also believe that well-prepared, highly motivated teachers are an indispensable link to preparing young students of today for the workplace of tomorrow."
 Penzias said experts from Bell Labs and other AT&T organizations will act as teachers, lecturers and workshop leaders during the two-week program.
 "We are very glad to afford this opportunity for the Governors' Fellows to be exposed to the exciting environment that made the kinds of discoveries and inventions at Bell Labs possible," Penzias said.
 Starting in 1993, the AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute will offer middle and high school teachers the opportunity and challenge to work on their own visions of the future. To be chosen a Governors' Fellow, a teacher must have demonstrated a visionary approach to math and science teaching and articulate that vision in his or her application.
 Full-time math or science teachers of grades 7 through 12 in any U.S. public, parochial or private schools are eligible to compete. (Interested teachers may obtain an application through their school, or by calling 908-221-7350.)
 A panel of AT&T experts will select six finalists per state, and the governor of each state (and the mayor of the District of Columbia) will then select the three Governors' Fellows from his or her state. The other three finalists will serve as alternates in the event any of the selected candidates cannot attend the program.
 Fifty-one teachers will be selected by 16 governors and the mayor of the District of Columbia to attend the 1993 program to be held July 18 through July 31 in Somerset, N.J. During their training, the Governors' Fellows will:
 -- Explore with their peers new visions of the future of math and science education and create plans for implementing these visions.
 -- Investigate with Bell Labs scientists how the latest technologies will affect their classrooms and their lives.
 -- Discuss with AT&T executives the basic skills students need to be successful in the workforce of the future.
 -- Discover how corporations apply those skills in the business of creating, manufacturing and marketing new products and services.
 -- Take home new tools, ideas and plans for the future of science and math curricula to share with their students and communities.
 "America needs a skilled workforce to remain competitive as a nation," Penzias said. "The global communications infrastructure, and the application of communications and information technologies will determine who wins in the new global economy. More important, we believe that responsible citizenship today requires that we all have an understanding of basic quantifying and analytical skills."
 Penzias said AT&T feels strongly that corporate America must do more to help teachers and students make the educational process more useful for future employment.
 "AT&T and every American corporation need skilled employees to compete successfully in the global marketplace," Penzias said. "That's why we are willing to invest more in the nation's teachers and educational system. We're interested in ensuring that today's schools teach useful skills and have a meaningful curriculum that prepares students to become productive members of a highly skilled and motivated American workforce."
 States participating in the program this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
 The AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute is among a broad range of educational programs sponsored by AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the company's philanthropic unit. AT&T programs support every educational level, from elementary, middle and high school, to college undergraduate and graduate.
 AT&T supports education through direct funding, product donations (networked computers), and through numerous innovative projects in collaboration with such agencies as the Mathematical Sciences Education Board and MATHCOUNTS. The company is also one of the sponsors of National Science and Technology Week.
 AT&T has produced two nationwide broadcasts of "Live from AT&T Bell Laboratories" shown in classrooms throughout the nation. The next "Live from AT&T Bell Laboratories" will air April 28.
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