National Teacher of the Year Awarded by Technology & Learning Magazine

Nov 6, 2000

Alesia Slocumb-Bradford, a math teacher from Jefferson Junior High School in Washington, D.C., has been awarded TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING ( magazine's prestigious National Teacher of the Year Award. Slocumb-Bradford won this year's award for her innovative and creative use of technology to motivate her students and improve their learning skills.

The Thirteenth Annual Awards program, produced by TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING magazine -- the number one publication in the market of education technology

-- recognizes K-12 teachers who use technology to inspire students and enhance learning. Hewlett-Packard Company and NetSchools sponsored the awards program. The Learning Company was a contributing sponsor.

In a city that has a less than stellar record for student achievement, Jefferson Junior High School is a celebrated math, science and technology school that attracts students from around the District of Columbia. Slocumb-Bradford's challenge was not attracting the students, but motivating them. Through technology, she was able to help students learn fundamental math skills and apply them to analyze and solve real-world problems. Her students routinely investigate non-linear functions using graphic calculators, learn a variety of programming languages, and use software to develop advanced mathematics skills.

"All of the educators this year have dedicated themselves to helping their students achieve through the integration of technology," said Susan McLester, newly named editor-in-chief of TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING magazine. "The students have made tremendous strides, and it's just fabulous to see the results of teachers like Alesia."

In addition to her regular teaching duties, Slocumb-Bradford sponsors programs such as the robotic team and the computer technology club. Her students regularly participate in the High School Computer Science Conference at American University, a program she helped establish and for which she volunteers annually. She also teaches math and computer science and information systems at several local colleges. And, she was the first person at Jefferson JHS to be named a resident mentor teacher, a recognition of her superb ability to interact with new teachers.

Slocumb-Bradford, selected by a distinguished panel of educators and technology experts, was chosen from among four regional winners from around the United States (East, Central, South and West). These four regional winners were chosen from a larger pool of state winners. Applicants represented many different types of schools and learning programs but they all shared one common goal -- that technology plays a significant role in helping students learn fundamental skills.

In addition to being awarded a one-year subscription to TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING magazine, an invitation to serve on the publication's editorial advisory board, and editorial recognition in the December 2000 issue, Slocumb-Bradford will receive hardware and software products from Hewlett-Packard Company and The Learning Company.

The Learning Company will provide her with the complete NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, Living Books Library, Stagecast Creator, the Complete CornerStone Reading Strand, Carmen Sandiego's ThinkQuick Challenge, KidPix Studio 3RD Edition and a complete software package from either the Elementary Library or Secondary Library. Hewlett-Packard will donate two state-of-the art multimedia computers -- one for Bradford's own personal use and one for Jefferson JHS.

TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING is a national publication for teachers and school administrators. Published by CMP Media, Inc., San Francisco, and celebrating its 20th anniversary, it is the leading magazine for educators using technology. TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING has a circulation of more than 81,000. For more information, visit TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING'S Web site at

NetSchools Corporation, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is the leading one-to-one e-learning company focused on transforming K-12 education through technology integration. The company offers NetSchools Constellation™, a complete Internet-based learning system that fosters focused interaction between students, teachers and families by providing every student with a rugged wireless laptop computer, a local area infrared network allowing high speed system connectivity for every student, proprietary curriculum software, and technical and long-term instructional support. NetSchools has installed its comprehensive Constellation product in 36 schools for approximately 14,000 students in Texas, California, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Connecticut, Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Colorado, Massachusetts, Idaho and New Jersey. The Internet-based curriculum, assessment and community-building components of NetSchools Constellation™ are also separately available to schools nationwide on the company's new web service, For more information about NetSchools Corporation, please visit

The Learning Company is an industry leader in providing educators with innovative software tools and support materials that effectively integrate technology into the classroom and promote the development of successful learners. Comprehensive School Editions of its award-winning titles are sold through its Authorized Education Resellers and by direct sales to schools at 800-825-4420. The web site for educators is located at

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