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  • SETDA Advocates for Funding Flexibility for States

    February 13th, 2018 by

    President Trump released his proposed FY19 Budget yesterday.  Sadly, this proposal eliminates several important Federal education programs. Of particular interest to state digital learning leaders is the elimination of Title II funds which are used for Professional Learning as well as the elimination of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants, also known as […]

  • SETDA Highlights from 2017

    December 21st, 2017 by

    2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology. SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. Below are highlights from the work of 2017. Advocacy With a new federal administration in 2017, […]

  • SETDA Urges FCC to Protect School Broadband Access

    November 30th, 2017 by

    On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission will vote, on a Declaratory Report and Order, and a second Order that together will eliminate the agency’s Net Neutrality regulations. The targeted regulations place limitations on internet service providers, including prohibiting them from blocking or degrading internet traffic, or selling ‘fast lanes’ that prioritize particular internet services […]

  • In the Thanksgiving: SETDA’s 15 Years

    November 23rd, 2016 by

    Since 2001, SETDA has served and supported educational technology leaders across the country from Alaska to Maine, Florida to Hawaii and as far away as Guam and American Samoa. Our state members, corporate partners, affiliates and alliance partners have rallied to support the implementation of digital learning opportunities in K-12 education from basic infrastructure to […]

  • State Leaders Impacting Students’ Lives – Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 2nd, 2016 by

    SETDA serves and supports state leaders from across the nation as well as territories from as far away as American Samoa, the Common Wealth of the Mariana Islands and Guam. Our members, state leaders, in turn support districts and schools in their state that in-turn support teachers and students directly. SETDA might appear to be the 5 […]

  • Lessons Learned Preparing New Mexico for Success Online

    July 21st, 2015 by

     Another in an occasional series of guest posts, we are pleased to feature the work and voices of SETDA members. Ferdi  Serim is the Educational  Technology Coordinator for the New Mexico Public Education Department. With 92% of its students taking the PARCC assessment online, New Mexico celebrates success that surprised many skeptics. Fears about inadequate infrastructure, […]

  • SETDA Reimagined

    February 17th, 2014 by

    Dear SETDA Friends and Family, You may recall 2007 as the year that the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis broke and led to a recession of global proportions, that the seventh and final Harry Potter novel was released, that Barry Bonds broke the career home run record, or that a song written and performed by Tay […]

  • What Can States And Districts Do To Prepare For The Transition To Online Assessment?

    August 19th, 2013 by

    In the 2014-15 school year, the vast majority of states will use new online student assessments from PARCC and Smarter Balanced that will be based on the deeper and more rigorous Common Core State Standards.  Implementing these new assessments successfully requires a substantial infrastructure and a human capacity effort involving careful planning and ample communication. […]

  • Premium Content: Vander Ark Revisited

    February 28th, 2013 by

    SETDA’s report, “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age,” put a solid stake in the ground for moving from print to digital.  The report offered a rationale for the shift, four case studies of states that are well down the path toward making the shift, as well as thumbnail sketches of […]

  • The OER Spirit in the Cathedral and the Bazaar

    February 14th, 2013 by

    My work with digital content in general and OER in particular is often at the policy level. I am not as fortunate as colleagues in the field such as Karen Fasimpaur who get to work with teachers, often directly in the classroom. Nonetheless, I do talk with teachers from time to time and they have […]

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