A new two-year, $2.8 million program will train Colorado educators to use technology in schools, Gov. Bill Owens said Feb. 16. The program’s goal is to make educators from kindergarten through 12th grade technology-savvy. The program also will explore ways technology can be used to improve student achievement.

The initiative will be financed through the Fund for Colorado’s Future with a $1.6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and $1.2 million raised in Colorado.

“We want public and private schools in Colorado to advance from limited technology use to increased student achievement through the effective, widespread integration of technology throughout the state,” Owens said.

Pegie Frazier will direct the project. She works for the Tointon Institute for Educational Change at the University of Northern Colorado.

School superintendents and principals will be trained first and then work with other educators. The sessions will start in the summer.