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News | April 29, 2010

Verizon Foundation Announces $1 Million Grant to ReadWriteThink.org


The International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) have received $1 million in grants from the Verizon Foundation to expand the partnership between ReadWriteThink.org and Verizon Thinkfinity. Verizon Foundation President Patrick Gaston announced the grant on Monday, April 26 during IRA's Annual Convention in Chicago.

IRA and NCTE will use the funds for continued work on ReadWriteThink.org, one of eight partner sites included in the Verizon Thinkfinity network. "We will create new resources to give teachers, parents, caregivers, and afterschool programs the materials necessary to get children excited about learning," said IRA Executive Director William B. Harvey.

“Educators will really enjoy learning how to use these valuable, free resources from Verizon Thinkfinity and its partner websites to advance student literacy,” said Kent Williamson, executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English. “To further aid in teacher development, ReadWriteThink will continue to expand its monthly podcast series with interviews and chats with educational leaders and experts in the field.”

Other significant updates to Verizon Thinkfinity taking place in the coming months include an online Thinkfinity Community for sharing ideas, a new library of educational videos, social networking tools, and newsfeeds on the latest educational news.

Find more information about the grant and Verizon Foundation's commitment to providing free educational resources in the Foundation's press release.