Need-Based 2012 Conference Stipend Program

The Denver Area Educational Telecommunications Consortium (DAETC) has granted Technology In Education Colorado (TIE) fifteen $750 stipends to offset much of the cost of educator attendance at the June 2012 Conference—”Think BIG, Think Bold, Think Beyond….” This grant may only be applied to the cost of 2012 conference registration and lodging at Copper Mountain Resort. After paying $330 for registration, recipients can use the remaining $420 to pay for most of their lodging at Copper Mountain Resort, meals that are not included in the conference registration, and travel expenses. Any expenses beyond the $750 grant must be covered by the stipend recipient.

Congratulations to the Stipend Recipients!

Brandi Bellefeuille, Social Studies Director, Arickaree R-2 District
Mike Bowers, Middle School English Teacher, Lone Star School, Lone Star 101 District
Janet Chenoweth, 4th-8th Grade Science Teacher, Walsh RE-1J District
Tim Collette, Media/Technology Director, South Pueblo High School, Pueblo City 60 Schools
Mary Jo Gallahan, Media Specialist, Laurel Elementary School for Arts and Technology, Poudre School District
Patti Hayes, Technology Teacher, St. Rose of Lima K-8, Archdiocese of Denver
Tracy Kirmer, K-6 Computer Teacher, Shanner Elementary, Holly School District RE-3
Lisa Kulka, Teacher Librarian, Spring Ranch Elementary School, Falcon School District 49
Kelly McKay, Teacher, Chatfield Elementary, Mesa County Valley School District 51
Joseph Myers, 1st Grade Teacher, Cowell Elementary School, Denver Public Schools
Steve Ollanik, 5th Grade Teacher, Columbine Elementary School, Boulder Valley School District
Robert Piersant, Director of Technology, West Grand School District 1-JT
Tyson  Schrader, 4th Grade Teacher, Cactus Valley Elementary School, Garfield Re-2 School District
Jenny Vojik, Romero Elementary School, Weld County School District 6
Sherie Watkins, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher, Russell Middle School, School District 11

The DAETC-TIE 2012 Stipend Program goals:

  1. Support conference attendance for 15 educators at high-risk schools.
  2. Evaluate grant participants’ growth by the quality of lessons contributed to eNetColorado’s DREAM site and/or other online repositories as measured by the number of views and downloads by other educators.
  3. Increase the educational technological capacity in schools as documented by the recipient’s school administrator.

Per grant requirements, preference was given to educators from schools with financial hardship. Financial hardship was determined by the number of students receiving free or reduced lunches, or for whom distance or another compelling need-based factor prevents their attendance.

Important Dates:

4/11/12 Educator grant Request For Proposals announced
5/1/12 Educator grant proposal deadline
5/15/12 Educator grant awards announced; recipients receive Letter of Award

Recipients and their administrators sign and return a Letter of Acceptance

Grant recipients receive registration email from TIE,  register for the conference and arrange lodging with TC Travis

5/18/12 evening meeting at Hasty’s, Conference Centerafter 4:00pm registration check-in, Copper Sports Center, Guest Services (A10), Center Village
5/21/12 Luncheon follow-up gathering at Copper Mountain (time & place TBD)
8/15/12 Project implementation begins
3/15/13 TIE sends follow-up survey to recipients and their administrators
3/21/13 Deadline for individual project results, lesson plans, etc. to be shared electronically via personal/school website, LMS, eNetColorado, and other sites.

Expectations of Awardees:

  1. Applicants must participate in the entire June 19-21 TIE Conference and attend a brief grant “kickoff” meeting the evening of June 18.
  2. Awardees will make lodging arrangements through TIE Colorado’s Hospitality Chair.
  3. Awardees will complete all grant requirements by March 21, 2013.
  4. TIE will contact recipients two weeks prior to outcome deadlines and offer assistance as needed.
  5. Awardees and their administrators will complete a post-grant survey that will be summarized in the grant report.

The Application Process:

  • Applications are no longer being accepted.
  •  Awards will be announced on May 15, 2012.
  •  The application required:
    •  Needs-based justification
    •  Two or three goals reflecting how you intend to focus your learning at the conference
    •  A description of how you will apply your learning to your instructional practice
    •  How you will share your learning with your colleague(s)
    •  Administrative commitment of support


Direct all questions to Karen Ortiz, DAETC Stipend Liaison and TIE 2012 Conference Chair, e-mail Karen