Portland, Ore. July 18, 2007 — In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Inspiration Software® today launched an expanded version of its Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning program. The 2007-2008 scholarships will recognize 25 educators who are creatively using visual learning to help their students think and learn with $1,000 awards to support professional development or new technology for their classrooms. In addition, one outstanding educator will receive a special award for "Best Overall Visual Learning Project." Applications for the annual program will be available Sept. 25 at http://www.inspiration.com/scholarship .
"Over the last 25 years, educators have inspired us with the innovative ways that they use visual learning to improve teaching and learning," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "We thought that one of the best ways to celebrate this important anniversary was to commemorate it with this special version of our scholarship program, honoring the incredible educators from around the world who recognize the power of visual learning and develop innovative ways to use it with their students."
To celebrate the creative ways that educators are using visual learning, the 2007-2008 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning will recognize "Best Projects" using Inspiration Software´s visual learning software tools. Eight awards will be given for "Best Projects using Inspiration®, (http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/inspiration/index.cfm) the essential tool for students grades 6 to adult to visualize, think, organize and learn; eight will be awarded for "Best Projects using Kidspiration® (http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/kidspiration/index.cfm) visual learning software for K-5 learners; and eight scholarships will recognize "
(http://www.inspiration.com/productinfo/InspireData/index.cfm) "Best Projects using InspireData?," Inspiration Software´s new tool to visualize, investigate and understand data.
In addition, one educator will receive the "Best Overall Project Award," recognizing the most innovative and creative use of any of Inspiration Software´s visual learning software tools.
This scholarship recipient´s award will include $1,000 to support professional development or a technology purchase as well as a bonus $500 for the classroom and a $500 personal award.
This year´s scholarship program builds on nine years of supporting educators´ professional development training in visual learning and technology. During the life of the program, Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning winners have come from all parts of the education community, including technology coordinators, school library media specialists, college and university faculty members, as well as K-12 teachers. Mirroring the worldwide adoption of visual learning in education, the company has received scholarship applications from countries such as Australia, Canada, Estonia, Germany, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, Lebanon, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Educators from K-12 schools, colleges and universities are eligible to apply for the 2007-2008 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning. A minimum of one year of service is required and applicants must demonstrate that they have direct contact with students. Educators may apply for the scholarships in multiple categories, but are only eligible to win one award. The deadline for application is Jan. 25, 2008. The 2007-2008 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning winners will be announced Feb. 25, 2008.
For more information and to sign up to receive news and information about the scholarship program, visit http://www.inspiration.com/scholarship .
About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.´s award-winning software tools, Inspiration, Kidspiration and InspireData, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company´s visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.