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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FUNDS APPLE CLASSROOMS OF TOMORROW'S INNOVATIVE TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

 CUPERTINO, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released by Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AAPL) today:
 While teachers advocate "learning by doing," typically that's not how they learn to become better teachers. Now, thanks to a nearly $1.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), hundreds of teachers will go to Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) schools to learn how to teach with technology.
 The National Science Foundation has awarded ACOT and three school districts a three-year grant to establish Teacher Development Centers at Dodson Elementary School in Nashville, Tenn.; Stevens Creek Elementary School in Cupertino, and West High School in Columbus, Ohio.
 ACOT learning and technology research indicates that the best way for teachers to learn how to teach with technology is to be guided by other teachers who are already comfortable and innovative with technology. The NSF funding will allow ACOT to focus on ways to accelerate the rate at which teachers learn to use technology effectively for instruction.
 "Traditional staff development seems to make little, if any, change in how teachers teach," said Keith Yocam, ACOT professional development manager. "For the past three years, on a pilot basis, we've tried this new approach of bringing teachers into real classrooms to learn new instructional methods and technology, and we've seen a real difference in how they teach and kids learn."
 Starting in January, teachers employed by the Cupertino School District and Columbus Public Schools will be eligible to attend the ACOT Teacher Development Centers. Teams of teachers in Nashville already are participating in this novel approach to professional development. For the past three years, Nashville's Dodson Elementary School, led by ACOT teacher Faye Wilmore, has hosted the pilot research project that resulted in winning the NSF grant.
 Teacher teams from around the country will be eligible to attend the program in 1994 and 1995. Approximately 700 teachers will participate during the next three years.
 The program will operate throughout the year. Non-ACOT teachers will visit ACOT classrooms for one week during the school year to learn how to integrate technology into their teaching practice side by side with ACOT teachers and students. During that week, the non-ACOT teachers will practice new methods, discuss them with other teachers, and create new curriculum for their own use. When they return to their schools, ACOT teacher development coordinators will provide them with on-going support. In the summer, teacher teams will attend four-week leadership institutes to learn how to re-create this teacher professional development process at their schools. Like the week-long practicums, the summer program includes teaching students in ACOT classrooms. ACOT Teacher Development Coordinators are Faye Wilmore in Nashville, Elizabeth Bradley Sidorenko in Columbus and Barbara Thorpe in Cupertino.
 NSF funds will finance teacher stipends and ACOT research directed by Cathy Ringstaff Ph.D., an independent researcher. This year the Cupertino, Columbus and Nashville school districts are providing participating teachers with technology and release time from their classrooms.
 NOTE: Apple and the Apple logo are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. ACOT is a service mark of Apple Computer Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Mary A.C. Fallon, ACOT communications manager, 408-974-2941/


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