Friday, November 03, 2006

New award to invest in IT literacy

The Verizon Tech Savvy Awards were established by the National Conference on Family Literacy (NCFL), the Verizon Foundation, and the First Lady of Iowa Christie Vilsack, a Verizon Literacy Champion, and are designed to support sustainable programs that help parents bridge the widening gap between adults’ and children’s understanding of technology. The two generations must learn about technology together so parents can be effective teachers and advocates to ensure that their children are literate in technology and prepared for the 21st century workforce.

Successful programs should create innovative ways to employ technology as an important component in family literacy, and those methods should have the ability to be easily replicated at other sites across the country.

Four $5,000 regional awards and one $25,000 national award will be presented at NCFL’s National Conference on Family Literacy in March 2007. Deadline for submissions is January 12, 2007. For more information, please visit