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NYNEX FOUNDATION AND NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE COMPANY AWARD $281,000 TO LESLEY COLLEGE; FUNDS TARGETED TO IMPROVE SKILLS OF BOSTON-AREA TEACHERS

NYNEX FOUNDATION AND NEW ENGLAND TELEPHONE COMPANY AWARD $281,000 TO LESLEY COLLEGE; FUNDS TARGETED TO IMPROVE SKILLS OF BOSTON-AREA TEACHERS
 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- NYNEX Foundation and New England Telephone Co. have awarded a three-year $281,000 grant to Lesley College for Project BEST (Better Elementary Science/Mathematics/Technology Teaching). Project BEST's goal is to improve science and mathematics content, instruction and assessment skills of teachers in kindergarten to grade six throughout the greater Boston area.
 The project will provide yearlong professional development for 50 teachers, conduct forums for an additional 200 teachers, and launch a Resource Network, a staffed center where teachers can explore the most current books, software and demonstration materials. The Resource Network will also showcase to the educational community experimental programs and technologies, developed by NYNEX learning laboratories and Lesley College, to the educational community.
 In announcing the grant, New England Telephone President Paul O'Brien said, "Project BEST represents the best possible partnership between businesses and schools to improve the math and science performance partnership between businesses and schools to improve the math and science performance of our nation's students and ensure a strong economic future for our country. NYNEX and New England Telephone are committed to supporting meaningful programs to support change in the classroom today and prepare students for the workplace of tomorrow."
 Lesley College President Margaret A. McKenna said, "Our faculty and students believe in the power of working collaboratively to bring about constructive change. With this significant gift, NYNEX and New England Telephone Co. join in providing leadership, counsel and innovation in math and science teaching resources, as together we strive to meet some of America's greatest challenges."
 Project BEST will be headed by Dr. Jean Moon, director of Lesley College's Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology in Education. Three other Lesley professors, Rebecca Corwin, Velda Goldberg and Linda Schulman, will be responsible for the design and delivery of the professional development components. Emphasis will be placed for the design and delivery of the professional development components. Emphasis will be placed upon relationships between mathematics and science, applications of math and science in the workplace, uses of technology in teaching and learning, development of problem-solving and communications skills in math and science, uses of nontraditional assessment strategies within classrooms, understanding and application of change strategies within education, and the uses of resources and a network of colleagues in promoting teaching expertise.
 In the past, the traditional model of school-based, in-service training was a barrier to creating lasting change among teachers. Typically, programs were short-term and not linked to an ongoing, collegial program with opportunities for multiple models of professional development. Project BEST -- with its teacher training, professional development forums and Resource Network -- provides an alternative, comprehensive program to build leadership skills among teachers and to strengthen math and science education.
 Project BEST will be implemented over the next three years, beginning this fall. The initial stage will involve project planning, teacher recruitment and network implementation. In 1993, the pilot teacher-training program will be completed, the first forums conducted and the Resource Network opened at Lesley's Porter Exchange annex, near Porter Square in Cambridge, Mass. Throughout 1994, the second class of teachers will be trained, the forums continued and the Resource Network maintained. In 1995 the Resource Network will continue to provide services, and final evaluation will be performed.
 Lesley College, founded in 1909 as a school to prepare newly emerging kindergarten professionals, has considerable experience in the teacher-training model. The Lesley Graduate School's Computers in Education program developed "train the trainer" systems that were accessible and responsive to teachers, providing them with flexibility to participate in the program as their schedules and resources allowed. In addition, Lesley College, as the New England training site for Reading Recovery, received a $435,000 Innovation in Education grant for the U.S. Department of Education to train teacher-leaders in early literacy.
 NYNEX, New England Telephone Co. and Lesley College enjoy a longstanding relationship. More than 200 Lesley alumni are employed within the NYNEX organization. Lesley's School of Management developed a workplace literacy program for New England Telephone. The NYNEX corporate training site in Marlborough, Mass., was host to one of the first training and development programs offered by the School of Management.
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 /CONTACT: Nondas Voll of Lesley College, 617-349-8522, or John Johnson, of New England Telephone, 617-743-3677/ CO: New England Telephone; NYNEX Foundation; Lesley College ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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