Bell Atlantic Foundation Award to Renneselaer Funds Approach to High School Teaching

Bell Atlantic Foundation Award to Rennselaer Funds New Approach to High School Teaching

October 23, 1997

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granted Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute a $50,000 Excellence in

Education award to support the development of educational computing

technologies that will be used to enhance the teaching of advanced

placement high school calculus at Troy High School. The multimedia

materials will be piloted by Troy High School.

"Rensselaer has won three national awards for development of

interactive learning techniques that are revolutionizing the way we

teach undergraduates," said Rensselaer President R. Byron Pipes.

"With this project, we are exploring the excitig possibility of

transferring these techniques to the high school environment."

"Helping improve the quality of education in the communities that we

serve is vitally important to Bell Atlantic," said Lee A. Brathwaite,

Bell Atlantic vice president and general manager Northeast.

The Bell Atlantic Excellence in Education Awards, which range from

$5,000 to $100,000, will help fund a wide array of programs that

address issues of integrating technology in college and secondary

school curricula. Rensselaer was the recipient of the third largest

Bell Atlantic award this year.

In the calculus project, Rensselaer is working with Troy High School

teacher Richard Gilbert and with Sybillyn Jennings, a psychologist

from Russell Sage College, to create World Wide Web materials that

will help students better understand basic mathematical principles.

At Rensselaer, the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education,

the Center for Innovation in Undergraduate Education,and the Center

for Integrated Electronics, Electronic Manufacturing, and Electronic

Media are collaborating on the development of the ighly interactive


The work is part of a large Rensselaer project to make advanced

placement courses for high school students widely available, according

to Lester Rubenfeld, director of CIPCE. These courses would use the

World Wide Web and other new technology that unites teachers and

students from different communities in a face-to-face setting that

emulates a live, on-campus classroom.

"There are tremendous disparities in the availability of AP ourses,"

said Brad Lister, director of the CIUE. "Ongoing improvements in

networks, computers, and tools for interactive learning will allow more

equitable access to advanced education for students across the


The Bell Atlantic Foundation granted $1.5 million in Excellence in

Education Awards to 64 colleges, universities, public schools and

community organizations engaged in educational technology initiatives

in New York and New England. The recipients were recognized for their

work in developing programs that use computers and telecommunications

technology to improve and enrich th learning environment.