Verizon Foundation Unveils Enhancements and Additions to Innovative Web Site, Providing Free Educational Resources and Training to Teachers

A more comprehensive, intuitive search engine, a dynamic new look and the addition of resources tailored to parents, students and after-school programs were among the improvements to announced Friday morning at WNET's Teaching & Learning Celebration.

But another innovation may prove most beneficial to teachers. Through the state alignment tool, teachers can now access lesson plans that specifically meet their state's educational standards, in addition to meeting national standards.

" has been a tremendous resource for me, providing easy access to a wide-range of lesson plans and activities to spark the imagination," said Ira Faber, a teacher at Middle School 226, District 27, in New York City. "The new enhancements, particularly the decision to align to individual state standards will make even more valuable to teachers."

Also on Friday, the Verizon Foundation presented a $160,000 grant to the New York Institute of Technology to train teachers throughout the state to make the most of the free resources on

Since the launch of in March 2007, the Verizon Foundation has committed more than $32 million nationally to update and expand and provide training to teachers.

Click here for the Press Release

Videos of the event, including interviews, can be seen at the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN)

Verizon Foundation and Thinkfinity was a Premier Sponsor of the event

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