The Alliance for Excellent Education, in Collaboration with the
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA),
Digital Learning and Technology:
Improving Education in Rural America
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 608
1st and C Streets, NE s Washington, DC
Video of Event
Greg Darling, Superintendant, Humboldt Community Schools (Iowa)
Shane Ogden, Principal, Rawlins High School, (Wyoming)
Brenda Richardson, Educational Technology Lead, Lordsburg Municipal Schools (New Mexico)
Pauline Younts, Program Director, North Carolina New Schools Project
Geoffrey Fletcher, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Melinda Maddox, Director of Technology Initiatives, Alabama Department of Education
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Technology can help provide greater opportunities for equity and access in reducing the dropout rate, addressing the achievement gap, and ensuring that students are prepared for college and careers. On Tuesday, April 19, from 10:00 am to 11:30 am, the Alliance for Excellent Education, in collaboration with the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), is hosting an event to showcase four school districts from rural America that demonstrate how digital learning and technology have played critical roles in turning around their schools. Promising practices will include improving graduation rates through credit recovery options, increasing access by providing online and blended courses and digital content to students, and improving teacher professional development on instruction and data use through online opportunities. District representatives will share data and student outcomes demonstrating tangible results for students. Following the presentations, there will be a panel discussion to further discuss the implications of digital learning and technology on rural America.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit www.all4ed.org.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the national member association that represents the interests of the educational technology leadership of state and territorial education agencies in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. SETDA members work collectively and in public-private partnerships to ensure that meaningful technology innovations with broad potential for systemic improvements and cost savings in teaching, learning, and leadership are brought to scale.