States helping states
Working in partnership with the Board of Directors and SETDA staff, standing SETDA membership committees are vital to the success of the association and among the best ways for members to contribute to and learn from their peers in other states. The Board of Directors has authorized four standing committees, each of which are aligned to the association’s strategic plan:
- Professional Learning
- State Action
- State Engagement
- Strategic Partnerships
Standing committee membership is open to representatives of every state (many delegate committee participation responsibilities to different individuals within their agency) and time commitments are flexible.
Committee leaders, selected from among the membership by the Board of Directors, are charged with fulfilling the committee’s charter and doing so in close coordination with the SETDA staff, the leadership of other standing committees, and the Board of Directors. In addition, committee leadership representatives participate in annual leadership retreats with the Board of Directors. Given their important leadership role, committee leaders also are bound by the same organizational conflict of interest provisions as Board members and staff to ensure that the broader interests of SETDA and the states always remain central to committee work.
Professional Learning Committee
Leadership: Jason Bailey (Indiana Department of Education) & Wendy Modzelewski (Delaware Center for Educational Technology)
Staff Liaison: Christine Fox
The Professional Learning Committee exists to provide relevant, high-quality professional learning opportunities and to facilitate the development and advancement of job-related skills and knowledge of members. In particular, the committee will focus on opportunities designed to build stronger and more effective state leaders and to develop future SETDA leaders. The committee will review, identify, develop, and provide professional learning opportunities on an ongoing basis to meet emerging needs of the SETDA membership. Focus areas for the committee include:
- Planning for and providing a range of professional learning topics and formats for members, ensuring unique experiences that members view as high quality and relevant to their needs over time.
- Fostering informal networking and relationship building among members, state colleagues, strategic partners, and others.
- Leveraging the SETDA online learning community to facilitate valuable opportunities for professional learning and networking across states and territories during and in-between formal professional learning activities.
- Planning the agenda and content for national gatherings of SETDA members.
- Evaluating the success of the professional learning events, soliciting input from the membership regarding professional learning needs, and revising professional learning activities based on member input.
State Action Committee
Leadership: Derrell Fincher (Oklahoma State Department of Education)
Staff Liaison: Christine Fox
The State Action Committee’s exists to inspire and assist states to act collaboratively to advance education through technology policy and practice. It will develop and implement processes to align SETDA initiatives and projects with member priorities for collaboration, and assist states to improve learning by addressing relevant issues and national needs. Focus areas for the committee include:
- Developing and implementing an iterative process to align SETDA initiatives and projects with member priorities for collaboration.
- Identifying and prioritizing key topics, needs, best practices, issues, and concerns related to SETDA’s mission and vision suitable for collaborative state action.
- Creating and operating a “rapid response” process to identify and respond to new or urgent developments that affect states and members. The Board may request responses for urgent matters, and/or the State Action Committee may suggest actions to be taken by the other groups.
- Creating products and/or services that address topics that advance education through technology policy and practice and identifying how strategic partners or other entities should be involved in the creation or dissemination of the products and services.
- Providing advice on the dissemination, curation, and updating of SETDA products and services so that they are easy to locate and use.
- Gathering and disseminating data and information related to state educational technology policies and practices, including maintaining SETDA’s State Education Policy Center (SEPC).
State Engagement Committee
Leadership: Mike Leadingham (Kentucky Department of Education) & Sigrid Olson (Vermont Department of Education)
Staff Liaison: Tera Daniels
The State Engagement Committee exists to strengthen member commitment to SETDA in every U.S. state and territorial education agency and to encourage members to use their membership benefits to the fullest. The committee will also ensure SETDA’s online presence reflects the mission and goals of the organization and becomes a community for inter-state dialogue and public-private partnerships. Focus areas for the committee include:
- Developing activities to strengthen and sustain the engagement of all members, including emeritus members.
- Developing programs and activities to welcome, orient, and involve “new to SETDA” members.
- Soliciting member input to evaluate engagement and satisfaction.
- Developing marketing and outreach strategies to engage states.
- Cultivating an online mobile and social media presence that fosters dialogue among members, strategic partners and other key audiences.
Strategic Partnerships Committee
Leadership: Shannon Parks (Alabama Department of Education)
Staff Liaison: Jennifer Fritschi
The Strategic Partnerships Committee exists to assist SETDA in establishing and engaging in partnerships to advance education through technology policy and practice. The committee advances informed thinking about partnerships and formal liaisons with other national organizations, including professional associations, foundations and the private sector. The committee will make recommendations to the association about potential partnerships and projects of common interest. Focus areas for the committee include:
- Developing SETDA partnership and sponsorship strategies and policies. Developing and applying a code of conduct on member-partner engagement.
- Securing and nurturing mutually beneficial partnerships aligned with SETDA’s initiatives and advocacy agenda.
- Encouraging educational technology product development and growing the pipeline of solutions to education needs through relationships with established and emerging companies.
- Promoting and implementing sponsorship program opportunities.
- Evaluating the effectiveness of partnership and sponsorship opportunities for all parties.
- Planning for and providing a range of opportunities at national gatherings that engage members, private sector partners, and other organizations in meaningful and timely conversations relevant to the national, evolving dialogue on education and technology.
- Developing opportunities for showcasing innovations with technology solutions.