CDW Extends Sapphire Partner Designation to Futurekids

El Segundo, Calif. – Nov. 26, 2007 - Futurekids announced today that CDW Corporation, a leading source of Information Technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators, has extended its Sapphire partner designation to the company, recognizing the continued importance that professional development has to the success of 21st century classroom and one-to-one computing initiatives.

“As Futurekids expands its 21st century classroom solution it has become an increasingly more important partner of CDW’s public sector subsidiary, CDW Government,” said Bob Kirby, senior director for K-12 education, CDW-G. “Through the Pennsylvania Classrooms for the Future initiative, we have seen first-hand the impact of quality professional development on the overall success of technology programs.”

Dzana Homan, CEO of Futurekids, welcomed the extension of the Sapphire designation, which is based on a number of key factors including strategic value, market demand and brand recognition.

“We’re firm believers that an integrated technology solution is in the best interest of a district or, in the case of Pennsylvania, an entire state,” said Ms. Homan. “It’s especially gratifying to see the improvement the teachers have made as they’ve become more proficient with technology and begun to integrate it into the classroom. It’s the cornerstone of the 21st century classroom.”

The project for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has just entered its second year of a multi-year contract with CDW-G, with Futurekids as one of its partners.

“CDW-G has been a great partner for Futurekids, as has the Pennsylvania Department of Education,” said Ms. Homan. “Equipping every high school teacher and student in the state with a laptop, is a Herculean effort. Our goal is to get them to become proficient and eventually master technology in the classroom. We’re well on our way to accomplishing that.”

About Futurekids
Futurekids is the premier provider of technology teacher training solutions for schools and universities around the world. Futurekids has a 22-year record of success in technology education. Their core competency is providing technology training as it relates to teaching and learning. They have relationships and achievements with many key educational partners such as Intel, IBM and Dell.  For more information on Futurekids, please visit

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