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Opportunity: Teacher Prep Challenge in Support of Digital Learning

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SETDA is excited to share the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) latest initiative, the Teacher Preparation Challenge. This program encourages teacher preparation programs to commit to the four key principles identified in the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan for the use of educational technology in teacher preparation:

  • Focus on the active use of technology to enable learning and teaching through creation, production, and problem solving.
  • Build sustainable, program-wide systems of professional learning for higher education instructors to strengthen and continually refresh capacity to use technological tools to enable transformative learning and teaching.
  • Ensure preservice teacher experiences with educational technology are program-deep and program-wide rather than one-off courses separate from methods courses.
  • Align efforts with research-based standards, frameworks, and credentials recognized across the field.

Institutions that take the pledge and commit to the four principles will be eligible to receive an invitation to an “Innovators’ Briefing” hosted by OET December 14 in Washington, DC. Complete the online challenge form by December 1 to be eligible to participate in the in-person event – however, OET challenge will continue beyond December 1.

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