Futurekids announces HELP Team Consortium Receives Prestigious EdNet
2007 Award for Work in Gulf Coast Hurricane Areas
The Hurricane Education
Leadership Program (HELP Team) was named the recipient of the EdNet 2007
Rookie of the Year Award at the annual EdNet conference in Chicago on
Sept. 11. The annual award program recognizes businesses and non-profit
organizations that have made important contributions to the education
The non-profit HELP Team is a consortium of education
organizations, foundations and technology-focused companies who came
together two years ago to respond to the Hurricane Rita and Katrina
The HELP team is responsible for support, consulting and
providing educational technology-related resources at no, or minimal cost
to schools that were damaged or destroyed and to students who have been
displaced as a result of the hurricane.
Terry Smithson, manager of
the HELP Team Program and Education Program Manager with Intel
Corporation, was honored with the award.
“This is a complete team
effort,” Smithson commented. “Everyone involved has been a terrific help.
We’re well on our way to building better learning environments, but
there’s still a lot of work to be done. We’re going to continue to
function as a group until our job is done, which could take many more
Dzana Homan, CEO of Futurekids, was honored that the team
was selected. “We’re committed to making a difference and having a real
impact in the schools that were hit so hard. We want to go beyond
rebuilding. We want to give teachers and their students’ real 21st century
technology skills. We’re in it for the long haul.”
About the Help Team
The HELP Team is made
up of key members of many of the nation’s top technology educators,
companies and organizations including Futurekids, Intel, Apple Computer,
McGraw-Hill, Dell Computer, Scholastic, Carnegie Learning, and SMART
Technologies. Key2Ed, Ignite Learning, DyKnow, Thinkronize, eInstruction,
Cable in the Classroom. Pitsco, the Princeton Review, ISTE, SIIA, Tiger
Woods Learning Center, Impact Partnerships and the Miami-Dade County
Public Schools are also involved. For more information about the HELP
Team, log onto http://www.educationhelpteam.org/.
The EdNet Industry Awards program
was created in 1992 to champion the efforts of progressive organizations
helping to revitalize the nation’s educational system. The program was
been a focal point of the EdNET Conference, which brings together
education executives, school administrators and
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 http://www.futurekids.com/.