Events

SETDA Offers Events & Webinars for the Public

SETDA’s work is not only of interest to our members and private sector partners, it also is draws considerable attention from educators, policy makers, and the public at large. Outlets that both inform the public and provides opportunity for interaction and feedback are free, public webinars and Hill Briefings on topics of priority to SETDA.

State Leadership for K-12 Wi-Fi Implementation: Strategies to Ensure Equitable Access for All Students

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

Hosted by SETDA and Sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA)

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Host

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA

Presenters

  • Michael Nicolaides, Chief Information Officer, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • Jim Peterson, CTO, Bloomington Schools District 87
  • Michael McKerley, CTO & Vice President of Technology and Innovation, ENA
  • Gayle Nelson, Senior Vice President of Customer Service, ENA

This edWebinar will be the launch of SETDA’s latest resource, State Leadership for K12 Wi-Fi Implementation: Extending the Broadband Imperative II. This new paper explores the steps states are taking to address the wireless equity gaps that exist among their schools. States are uniquely positioned to provide both policies and funding to help ensure all students have equitable access to reliable Wi-Fi throughout K12 campuses. State leaders from Illinois and North Carolina will share their unique approaches to Wi-Fi implementation and support statewide including statewide partnerships, regional consortia and policy initiatives. This edWebinar benefits state and district administrators, CIOs, IT directors, E-rate Coordinators, network leaders and tech coordinators.


Navigating the Digital Shift: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning

Thursday, August 24, 2017 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm EDT

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Presenters

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Cliff Rudnick, Administrator, Instructional Resources Unit, California Department of Education
  • Whitney Whealdon, Director of Academic Content, Louisiana Department of Education

This edWebinar will highlight SETDA’s latest research, the Navigating the Digital Shift II: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning report. As states and districts shift to implement digital instructional materials, the report provides information and guidance on state acquisition and procurement policies, accessibility policies, selection and curation processes and funding practices. SETDA’s research reveals that federal and state policies are increasingly supporting the shift to digital. States are providing guidance, definitions and vetting policies and practices for digital materials to help ensure that digital materials are available to learners via devices anywhere, anytime.

State leaders from California and Louisiana will share details about their state leadership to support the digital instructional materials and provide examples of implementation. Participants will have the opportunity for Q&A after the presentation. Administrators, policy makers, curriculum directors, IT staff, and teachers will benefit from attending this session.


Broadband Imperative: State Leadership Supports Equity of Access for All Students
Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

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Presenters

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Dave Childs, Project Manager for the Michigan Statewide Educational Network (MISEN);
  • Ann-Marie Mapes, consultant for the P-20 Office of Data and Information Management in the Educational Technology Unit at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE);
  • James Sylla, Director, Bureau of Business Services, Division of Enterprise Technology, Wisconsin

This session is part of a series of edWebinars on SETDA’s 2016 report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. States are uniquely positioned to provide both policies and funding to help ensure all students have equitable access to reliable high-speed broadband access. State leaders will share examples of support to ensure the equity of access for all students including statewide partnerships, regional consortia and policy initiatives. State leaders from Michigan and Wisconsin will share their unique approaches to broadband implementation and support statewide. This edWebinar will benefit K-12 educators, state and district administrators, CIOs, IT directors and network leaders.

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Navigating the Digital Shift: Policies and Practices to Support Digital Instructional Materials for Learning

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT 

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Presented by:

Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA
Diana Myers McGhee, Director of Technology and Information, Fort Thomas Independent School District, Kentucky;
Donna Murray, Digital Teaching & Learning Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

This edWebinar will highlight the updates and expansion of the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), an online database providing details regarding each state’s policies and practices related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. State data sets have been recently updated and details related to accessibility, purchasing consortia, and statewide management systems have been added. The Fort Thomas Independent School District in Kentucky and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will share how access to digital instructional materials has transformed teaching and learning

Online Community: Join the Essential Elements for Digital Content community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming webinars, view past webinars, take a quiz to receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and access free resources.

Closing the Homework Gap: Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School

Closing the Homework Gap: Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School
Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

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This session is part of a series of edWebinars on SETDA’s 2016 report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning, which advocates for designing flexible networks for learning. The 2016 report expands on earlier recommendations from SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs, which advocates for seamless quality broadband access for students both in and outside of school. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Presenters:

Rhonda Schroeder, Principal, Arthur Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK
Mike Cory, Principal, Gettys Middle School, SC
Barbara J. Nesbitt, PhD, Executive Director of Technology, AITS, School District of Pickens County, SC
Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
Hosted by SETDA and Sponsored by AT&T

Navigating the Shift: Accessible Education Materials for All Students

Thursday, March 9 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Presenters include:

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • Joy Smiley Zabala, Co-Director, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials for Learning at CAST
  • Marsye Kaplan, Chief, Specialized Instruction Section, Maryland State Department of Education
  • Val Emrich, Director of Instructional Technology, Maryland State Department of Education.

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SETDA and CAST are collaborating to increase the awareness of the availability and use of accessible digital educational materials that benefit all learners. Join us for this webinar where presenters Christine Fox and Joy Zabala will identify best practices to leverage expertise to acquire accessible materials for teaching and learning. They will also provide information on how to navigate digital educational materials policies supporting K-12 students. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the newly updated Digital Instructional Materials online portal and the information it provides on accessible instructional materials. In addition, leaders from Maryland’s State Department of Education will share examples of how the accessible educational materials and educational technology teams have collaborated to ensure accessible learning opportunities for all students. This webinar will be of interest to K-12 teachers, administrators, and librarians.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Selecting Quality Instructional Materials for Learning

Thursday, Feb. 9 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Presenters include:

  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • Alan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington, D.C.

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SETDA launches the From Print to Digital: Quality Instructional Materials toolkit during this webinar. The toolkit provides useful resources and guidance that will help state and local leaders identify best practices when considering instructional materials, including core-instructional materials and supplemental resources. Key considerations, questions, quotes and helpful hints are included throughout the guide. Additionally, the guide includes best practices from states and districts and national, state and local resources to consider when selecting quality instructional materials. Presenters will provide an overview of the guide, discuss how to use this guide and share some of their own experiences in selecting quality instructional materials, aligned to standards.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning

Hill Briefing Sponsors: Senator Angus King and Representative Jared Polis 

SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs pushed educators and policy makers around the country to increase high-speed broadband access in schools—with specific recommendations regarding access, funding, and policies to support teaching and learning. In April 2016, SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action released the State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access report highlighting the powerful impact of state leadership in driving critical policy decisions at the national and state level to support broadband networks, bandwidth capacity and home access for low-income families.

SETDA presented the newest report in this field, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning This publication expands on earlier recommendations and continues to advocate for increasing robust access both in and out of school to best prepare all students for college and careers.

Recommendations include:

1. Increase Infrastructure to Support Student-Centered Learning
2. Design Infrastructure to Meet Capacity Targets
3. Ensure Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School
4. Leverage State Resources to Increase Broadband Access

Presenters highlighted and discussed these updated recommendations for policy makers and school leaders.

Moderator: Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director

Presenters Include:

  • Laurence Cocco, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Jeff Mao, Senior Manager, Common Sense Education

Driving Connectivity and Access: State K-12 Broadband Leadership

Monday, April 11, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT

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This webinar highlighted a collaborative report by SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action, State of K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access (to be released in early April). In this report, SETDA builds upon the research and recommendations from prior publications with a focus on the role of state leadership in supporting districts and schools to increase high-speed connectivity and access for students and educators.

State leaders from New Jersey and Utah will share their state’s approach to supporting high-speed broadband access for all students including details about New Jersey’s Digital Readiness for Learning and Assessment Project (DRLAP) Broadband component, a statewide broadband purchasing consortia which has greatly reduced costs and increased broadband access across the state and Utah’s statewide high-speed broadband network.

Presenters Include:

  • Laurence Cocco, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Jeff Egly, Associate Director, Technical Services, Utah Education Network
  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Steve Garton, Senior Manager, Learning Solutions Program, Common Sense Education

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a Q and A and continue the discussion online via the Essential Elements for Digital Learning online group at www.edweb.net/digitallearning.

Emerging Private Sector Partners Public Webinar Part 2

February 11, 2016 at 3 pm ET 
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In Part 2 of What’s New & Noteworthy, presenters will share successes and challenges implementing new technology in schools for:
  • enhancing student learning through making and playing educational games;
  • differentiating instruction based on student learning styles;
  • using video coaching to accelerate teacher professional development and collaboration; and
  • using a digital platform to capture, share, and track student progress
Presenters:
  • Nikki Navta, CEO, Zulama Modern Learning with Dr. Todd Keruskin at Elizabeth Forward School District, PA
  • DJ Cunningham, CEO, LearnStyle with Halton District School Board Leader from the Canadian province of Ontario
  • Adam Geller, CEO,  Edthena with Diane Lauer, Executive Director of Professional Development and Assessment at St. Vrain Valley School District, CO
  • Julie Huston, Senior Account Executive, Three Ring with Jesse Orth, Lead Teacher, Potomac Heights Elementary School, MD

For questions about the event or about SETDA’s Emerging Private Sector Partner Program please contact Melissa Greene, Director of Strategic Partnerships at mgreene@setda.org.

Emerging Private Sector Partners Public Webinar Part 1

“What’s New and Noteworthy”
SETDA’s Emerging Private Sector Partners Public Webinar Part 1
January 27, 2016 at 3:00 ET

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Webinar Archive

SETDA’s Emerging Private Sector Partners Webinar: Part 1 focusing on examples of innovative ways to enhance K12 learning through professional development for teachers, online safety for students and tools for collaborative learning. This webinar is free and open to the public and we encourage you to share the details below with your colleagues.

Presenters include members of SETDA’s Emerging private sector partner cohort, Sibme, Nureva, Qustodio with their school partners sharing implementation successes and challenges.

  • Sibme – Dave Wakefield, co-founder of Sibme, will co-present professional development solutions with Pope Elementary (Cy-Fair ISD) School principal Rebecca Koop, providing real examples on using video to enhance professional development and observation at the school level.
  • Nureva™ Span™ – Kimberleigh Doyle, Education Market Development Manager for Nureva and a school partner will share implementation highlights of a new approach to student collaboration with a system that combines a panoramic projector with a cloud-based service and personal apps. The Span system enables students to capture their thoughts, share them on an expansive canvas and then actively collaborate with classmates to group concepts, refine ideas and create deeper understanding.
  • Qustodio – Michael Martinez, Director of Education Sales will present ways that parents, teachers and others can use Qustodio to protect, manage and understand the internet behavior of children and make teaching using devices both in and outside of the classroom safer and more productive.

For questions about the event please contact Melissa Greene, Director of Strategic Partnerships at mgreene@setda.org.

Navigating the Digital Shift: Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Public Webinar

January 13, 2016 at 2pm ET

Webinar Archive

SETDA’s webinar shared state policies and practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials, including exploring the flexibility in state policies and practices to encourage the implementation of digital learning resources. SETDA’s recent publication, Navigating the Digital Shift: Mapping the Acquisition of Digital Instructional Materials provides an analysis of state policy trends related to digital instructional materials, essential conditions for implementation, an update on the states’ progress towards SETDA’s Out of Print recommendations and highlights several next steps for consideration as leaders move to advance the learning experiences in the digital age. Several district leaders will share highlights of their journey’s transition to digital instructional materials. This webinar will highlight trends from this research paper and exemplars of districts that have leveraged policies and implemented digital instructional materials.

Presenters include:

  • Moderator: Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Alabama Learning Exchange Leader, Alabama Department of Education
  • Tammy Parks, Educational Technology Coordinator & Howe Leadership Team, Howe Public Schools, Oklahoma
  • Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA

This event is free and open to the public. For access to additional SETDA resources related to digital instructional materials visit: http://www.setda.org/priorities/digital-content/

For questions about the event please contact, Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research at cfox@setda.org.

Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) Launch (October 2015)

October 7, 2015 at 3pm ET

This webinar offers the opportunity to share state policies and practices related to the procurement of digital instructional materials, including exploring the flexibility in state policies and practices to encourage the implementation of digital learning resources. The webinar will launch the Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS), a new, online database providing details regarding each state’s policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials. The goal of the portal is to provide a clear picture of each state’s instructional materials policies and practices to help encourage increased implementation of digital instructional materials. Educators, policy makers and private sector executives will all have the ability to review state policies and practices regarding the procurement and implementation of instructional materials including the ability to access individual state profiles, to compare states and make further comparisons via an interactive map that displays national trends. In addition, the webinar will offer the opportunity for questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues related to digital content.

Presenters Include:

  • Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Kelly Callaway, Division Director, Instructional Materials and Educational Technology, Texas Education Agency
  • Allan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA

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Download the DMAPS Webinar PowerPoint Slides

This webinar was part of Connected Educators Month.

Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning (March 2015)

This webinar shared strategies for ensuring the quality of digital content, including exploring the specific quality-control challenges and opportunities associated with open educational resources. The content of the webinar  stemed from SETDA’s latest digital content policy brief, Ensuring the Quality of Digital Content for Learning. Presenters shared examples of state leadership regarding the vetting of digital content and an overview of state OER policies, now available via the State Education Policy Center. In addition, the webinar offered the opportunity for questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues related to digital content.

Presenters included:

  • Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA
  • Reg Leichty, Founding Partner, Foresight Law + Policy
  • Barbara Soots, Open Educational Resources Program Manager, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

For access to additional SETDA resources related to Digital Content and OER visit our website.

[feature ids=”5625″ class=”logo” size=”small”] This webinar is part of Open Education Week 2014. Open Education Week is a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.

Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (Jan 2015)

This webinar explored the Guide to Implementing Digital Learning, a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. Each topic’s section includes background information, key considerations for implementation, resources and exemplars of digital learning in action.

During the webinar, presenters shared  how states and districts empowered and encouraged educators to plan for and implement digital learning to improve students’ learning experiences. Presenters shared how their states are supporting digital learning implementation and how they will leverage GIDL.

Presenters:

  • Christine Fox, Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA
  • Alex Macdonald, Director of Instructional Technology, Idaho Department of Education
  • Ron Nieto, Deputy Superintendent of Technology, Florida Department of Education
  • Candice Dodson, Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education
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Accessibility of Instructional Materials in a Digital Age (June 2014)

On June 5, 2014, SETDA hosted a webinar for the public release of its policy brief – The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities, Must be Addressed in the Shift to Digital Instructional Materials – to learn about important considerations and strategies regarding the accessibility of digital content for all students, including students with disabilities. Presenters discussed open educational resources, the Universal Design for Learning Framework, and federal law requirements regarding accessibility of instructional materials. The session  provided recommendations for effectively managing the increased use of digital content to enhance the educational experiences of all students. There was an opportunity for state and district leaders to ask questions and share examples of their own approaches to ensuring accessibility in digital content.

Presenters:

  • Geoff Fletcher, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer, Policy and Technology & Director, National AIM Center, CAST, Inc.
  • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel LLC
  • Kate Lipper, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC

Archived Events

+Who Owns Teacher-Created Content in a Digital Age? (May 2014)

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) hosted a webinar on May 23, 2104 to mark the release of the policy brief:

Clarifying Ownership of Teacher-Created Digital Content Empowers Educators to Personalize Education, Address Individual Student Needs

The webinar explored how states and districts can empower and encourage educators to create and share high-quality digital instructional materials to improve students’ learning experiences. Presenters discussed the central legal issue of ownership of instructional materials and offered recommendations for effectively managing the increased use of digital content, including with respect to the advantages provided by open educational resources (OER). The webinar closed with responses to state and district leader questions and comments regarding a range of policy and practice issues.

Presenters included:

  • Douglas Levin, Executive Director, SETDA
  • Michael Carroll, Professor of Law and Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University & Public Lead, Creative Commons United States
  • Reg Leichty, Partner, EducationCounsel LLC
  • Kate Lipper, Policy and Legal Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC

+State Online Communities Bloom with Robust Resources (October 2013)

State leadership can help provide robust resources for teaching and learning and unique professional learning opportunities for educators. Representatives from two states who have led the gathering and dissemination of these teaching materials, Texas and Oregon, will showcase their efforts and how they go to where they are. Karen Kahan, Director of Educational Technology at the Texas Education Agency will share highlights of the Texas Project Share program (http://www.projectsharetexas.org). Project Share, developed and hosted by the Texas Education Agency, is a collection of Web 2.0 tools and applications that provides high quality professional development in an interactive and engaging learning environment. Carla Wade, Digital Learning and STEM Education Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education will provide an overview of the Oregon EdTech Professional Development Cadre (http://teach.oetc.org/oregon). The OR Cadre is an online community where educators share lesson plans and professional development ideas and seek advice from their colleagues.

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+Ready for Online Assessments? Help is Here (October 2013)

While more than two-thirds of states already conduct some kind of statewide online assessments, the new assessments of the Common Core State Standards from PARCC and Smarter Balanced are increasing both interest and anxiety in school districts. To help relieve the anxiety, SETDA has created a series of case studies Implementing Online Assessments: Pathways to Success (assessmentstudies.setda.org), with a narrative and resources. Each narrative provides an in-depth look at what it took a district to implement the assessments as well as key factors in each state’s approach to infrastructure and training and communication. There also are downloadable resources that range from training agendas to checklists for technology readiness to sample letters from the state to school districts. Mike Nelson, Director of Curriculum and assessment of Coeur d”Alene School District 271, ID, Patches Hill, Technology Systems Manager of Indian River School District, DE and Scott Smith, Chief Technology Officer of Mooresville Graded School District, NC will explain what they did to get ready for their online assessments and answer your questions.


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+Instructional Materials: Making the Transition from Print to Digital (April 2013)

Join SETDA to learn how states and districts are moving from print to digital instructional materials and participate in a demonstration of the State Education Policy Center to learn how to access details about state policies related to broadband, assessment and instructional materials.There will be a facilitated discussion during which state and district leaders will share examples of their use of digital content in schools and classrooms.

Presenters:

  • Sarah Young, Science Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
  • Dan Funston, Assistant Superintendent, Plymouth Community School Corporation, Indiana

 

+Broadband: How Much is Enough? (February 2013)

On Friday, February 8 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET, a panel of experts shared their knowledge about the power of broadband access in their schools and participated in a demonstration of how to access details about state policies related to broadband, assessment and instructional materials via the State Education Policy Center (SEPC). Christine Fox, SETDA’s Director of Educational Leadership and Research facilitated a discussion during which presenters explained each state’s network organization and broadband access as well as an example of a district maximizing broadband access available to best meet the needs of technology rich learning environments.

Presenters:

  • Mike Leadingham, Director, Office of Knowledge, Information & Data Services, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Tim Sizemore, Program Manager, Kentucky Education Network, Kentucky Department of Education
  • Teri Sanders, Senior Director, Education Technology, K-12 High Speed Network, California
  • Jose Ortega, Administrator, Education Technology Office, California Department of Education

 

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