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THREE MATH AND SCIENCE TEACHERS FROM MINNESOTA TO STUDY AT AT&T BELL LABORATORIES THIS SUMMER

 MINNEAPOLIS, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T, Gov. Arne Carlson, the governors of 15 other states 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.
 According to AT&T, this year middle and high school math and science teachers in Minnesota and 15 other states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity to participate in the new AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute. Carlson, his fellow governors and the mayor will select the winners in May from candidates who have been screened by a panel of experts from AT&T.
 "This innovative program offers an excellent opportunity for our math and science teachers to become one of the three Governors' Fellows from Minnesota to be selected for the AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute this summer," said Carlson. "We are honored that AT&T has chosen Minnesota as one of the first group of states to participate in this program, which will be a valuable experience for three of our state's outstanding math and science teachers."
 AT&T said it hopes its Teachers & Technology Institute program will attract the nation's most creative and innovative mathematics and science teachers. Over the next three years, middle and high school teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity to participate in the new institute. 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 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."
 In addition to Minnesota, the other states participating in the program this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, 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.
 BACKGROUNDER
 AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute
 During a two-week summer program (July 18-31), 51 participants will interact with mathematicians and scientists at AT&T's research and development laboratories; participate in a number of workshops on important personal development skills such as team-building, leadership and planning; and tour the AT&T Network Operations Center, AT&T Consumer Laboratories and a high-tech AT&T manufacturing facility. The site tours will focus on applications in math and science in industry.
 Participants will have the opportunity to discuss with product development team members the latest AT&T work on innovative technologies including distance learning and educational communications systems, voice and audio processing, robotics, wireless communications, video technology (including high-definition television), and fiber optic lightwave systems.
 Top AT&T executives will meet with the group to speak and answer questions. Executives will include AT&T chairman and CEO Bob Allen, Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias; the heads of several AT&T business units and the director of AT&T's Corporate Education Center.
 The group will study AT&T's Total Quality Approach as it is applied in the R&D environment and the product realization process. They will form teams and apply quality principles to math and science teaching challenges.
 A critical component of the AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute will be the time and effort each participant will contribute to a team project. The Governors' Fellows will work in groups to apply new skills, data and knowledge about technology gathered throughout the program. Each member will design a project aimed at applying the Bell Labs experience to his or her classroom, school district or teachers' association.
 Each Governors' Fellow will join a Learning Circle on the AT&T Learning Network (at no cost to the participant) during the following fall semester. The Learning Network is a curriculum-based program that links a community of educators and students via the AT&T worldwide network. Classrooms are joined electronically with groups of distant peers.
 Each Governors' Fellow will report back to AT&T by mid-November on the status of the projects begun during their two-week summer session. This information will be shared with all of the Governors' Fellows.
 Commitments
 AT&T will provide transportation to and from New Jersey, as well as housing, local transportation and meals. Each Governors' Fellow will also receive a $1,000 stipend. The company will also enroll each Governors' Fellow in the AT&T Learning Network for the Fall 1993 semester at no cost to the participant, and will provide each participant with a project status report in the first quarter of 1994.
 Governors' Fellows must be able to attend the two-week program in New Jersey and provide a mid-November 1993 update on their project to AT&T.
 Eligibility Requirements
 Applicants must be full-time math or science teachers, grades 7-12, in a U.S. public, parochial or private school. Employees of AT&T and its subsidiary companies and their immediate families are not eligible.
 Selection Process
 The AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute is a three-year program involving all 50 states and the District of Columbia. During each of the next three years, three teachers will be selected from each of 16 or 17 states, bringing the number of annual Governors' Fellows to 51. By the end of the 1995 program, 153 teachers from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will have attended the AT&T Teachers & Technology Institute.
 States participating in the 1993 program are the following:
 Arizona California Colorado
 District of Columbia Florida Georgia
 Illinois Maryland Massachusetts
 Michigan Minnesota Missouri
 New Jersey New York North Carolina
 Pennsylvania Virginia
 The primary criterion for selection is a demonstrated and articulated commitment to an innovative vision of the future of math and science education.
 A panel of AT&T experts will select six finalists per state. 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 Governors' Fellows cannot attend the program.
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