State Action Committee
Leadership: Ken Klau, Massachuesetts Department of Education
Ken is the Director of Instructional Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In this role he works with a team responsible for ensuring coherence in the Commonwealth’s delivery of instructional support for PK-12 educators and incubating new policies, initiatives, and strategies that support standards-based learning. His current portfolio includes supporting implementation of the state academic standards in History and Social Science and Digital Literacy and Computer Science; infusing digital learning and technology in curriculum, instruction, and assessment; developing and deploying e-learning tools and resources for educators; and cultivating regional partnerships that promote the design and delivery of innovative learning models. Ken also convene the state’s digital learning advisory council, which focuses on stakeholder awareness and engagement. He holds a Master’s Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Bachelor’s degrees in History and Secondary Education, respectively, from the University of Vermont and Trinity College of Vermont.
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).