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The Massachusetts Software Council Education Foundation was established
in 1996, in honor of the Council's Tenth Anniversary Year, as a way
for the industry to have an impact on the critically important area
of the use of technology in the classroom. Between 1996 and 2001,
the Foundation presented "Above and Beyond Awards" ($1000
grants) to thirty inspiring teachers and individuals who have made
extraordinary efforts to enhance teaching and learning through the
creative use of technology in Massachusetts schools, K - 12.
Because one of the most serious long-term issues facing the technology
industry is the lack of technically skilled graduates from our public
schools, the Foundation in 2002, changed its focus. The Foundation
believes that middle school is an important leverage point in the
education of our children, and that middle school teachers greatly
influence students in the pursuit of math and science. The Foundation
believes in the need to support teachers and schools as they implement
math and science/engineering frameworks, and as they try to excite
kids about careers in the scientific and technology professions.
If kids are not engaged by the Middle School level, they will not
have the necessary prerequisites for further study in this area.
Above and Beyond Awards are now given to encourage best practices
in the teaching of math and science in middle schools (grades 6-8),
and to recognize, promote and encourage innovative teaching and
learning of math and science.
The Foundation offers up to twenty $1,000 awards for classroom use,
and up to four $10,000 stipends for teachers to document, further
develop, and package their award winning teaching practices so that
they can be integrated in the curriculum and broadly disseminated
across the state.