Oklahoma Education Technology Trust Announces 2020 Grantee Schools

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Today, the Oklahoma Education Technology Trust announced the 20 schools that have been selected to receive grants for the 2020-2021 school year.

Established to provide the latest technologies and teacher training to Oklahoma schools, OETT, administered by Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, is awarding each of the 20 schools with $40,000 to purchase new technology equipment. Additionally, each school will receive professional development through OETT’s partnership with the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Each school will use the funds to purchase items including, but not limited to, Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks, Microsoft Surface Tablets and various robotics and virtual reality equipment. Teachers will also receive monthly professional development focused on integrating technology to enhance authentic, real-world learning in their classrooms.

“As our world becomes increasingly reliant upon technology, the exposure students receive at school is shaping their future and becoming more critical than ever,” said Communities Foundation Executive Director, Teresa Rose Crook. “OETT is proud to be able to aid schools in bridging the gap between their students and the necessary technology they need to be prepared for the 21st century workforce.”

North Rock Creek Intermediate in Shawnee and Shawnee Sequoyah Elementary School were two of 20 schools who received the grant.

About Communities Foundation of Oklahoma:

Communities Foundation of Oklahoma (CFO) is a statewide nonprofit committed to supporting Oklahoma communities by meeting the needs of charitable organizations and donors. Supporting the philanthropic needs of Oklahoma’s communities was the motivation for Tom McCasland, Jr. to create CFO in 1992. In 1999, Oklahoma banker Gene Rainbolt joined McCasland in expanding CFO’s original concept to provide philanthropic and investment services to communities across Oklahoma. The members of CFO’s governing board of trustees and advisory board of governors hold decades of business, government, nonprofit, and volunteer experience. Regardless of asset size or mission, CFO helps any 501(c)(3) public charity in Oklahoma build an endowment to support the nonprofit organization for generations to come. Endowments provide annual distributions paid to the public charity to support programming, assist with general operations costs, pay for building maintenance, etc. For more information, visit: https://www.cfok.org/.

About Oklahoma Education Technology Trust:

The mission of the Oklahoma Educational Technology Trust is to equip Oklahoma common school and CareerTech students with the technology and technological skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace. The Trust provides funds for computer and telecommunications equipment, infrastructure, leadership and professional development to implement and advance integration of technology into classroom instruction. To learn more, visit www.oett.org.