States helping states

Working in partnership with the Board of Directors and SETDA staff, standing SETDA membership committees are vital to the success of the association and among the best ways for members to contribute to and learn from their peers in other states. The Board of Directors has authorized four standing committees, each of which are aligned to the association’s strategic plan:

  • Membership Engagement
  • Professional Learning
  • State Action
  • Strategic Partnerships

Standing committee membership is open to representatives of every state and affiliate (many delegate committee participation responsibilities to different individuals within their agency) and time commitments are flexible.

Committee leaders, selected from among the membership by the Board of Directors, are charged with fulfilling the committee’s charter and doing so in close coordination with the SETDA staff, the leadership of other standing committees, and the Board of Directors. In addition, committee leadership representatives participate in annual leadership retreats with the Board of Directors. Given their important leadership role, committee leaders also are bound by the same organizational conflict of interest provisions as Board members and staff to ensure that the broader interests of SETDA and the states always remain central to committee work.

Membership Engagement

Membership Engagement Committee

Leadership: Stan Freeda, New Hampshire Department of Education

Stan Freeda HeadshotStan is the State Educational Technology Director and Online Learning Specialist, working out of the Office of Educational Technology at the New Hampshire Department of Education. He has been working in the Office of Educational Technology since 2006.  The Office of Ed Tech supports several initiatives and projects for NH educators, schools, and districts. In his position as State Educational Technology Director, Stan supports educational technology in New Hampshire schools by offering support and guidance to schools and districts regarding their K-12 Information and Communication Technologies Literacy programs as part of the school approval process, and providing support and guidance for district technology and digital learning planning.  He develops and maintains the Office of Educational Technology’s online toolkits and resources available on As online learning specialist, Stan coordinates the NH e-Learning for Educators project, which offers online professional development facilitated courses and self-paced for educators through OPEN NH. Stan supports the program through managing course and tutorial registration, instructor coordination, and content update and development.


Staff Liaison: Tera Daniels

The Membership Engagement Committee exists to strengthen member commitment to SETDA in every U.S. state and territorial education agency and to encourage members to use their membership benefits to the fullest. The committee will also ensure SETDA’s online presence reflects the mission and goals of the organization and becomes a community for inter-state dialogue and public-private partnerships. Focus areas for the committee include:

  • Developing activities to strengthen and sustain the engagement of all members, including emeritus members.
  • Developing programs and activities to welcome, orient, and involve “new to SETDA” members.
  • Soliciting member input to evaluate engagement and satisfaction.
  • Developing marketing and outreach strategies to engage states.
  • Cultivating an online mobile and social media presence that fosters dialogue among members, strategic partners and other key audiences.

Professional Learning

Professional Learning Committee

Leadership: Geoff Belleau, California Department of Education

Geoff Belleau headshotGeoff Belleau is an education program consultant at the California Department of Education. He has 25 years of experience as a highschool, middle-school, and elementary-school educator. Before joining the Department of Education, he was a county office administrator, serving as program manager for instructional technology. In this role, he coordinated instructional technology projects along with district IT administrators and worked with schools and districts on technology integration and professional development. He has presented at several state and national education technology conferences. In his current role he supports schools in CA and the broadband grant as well as facilitating several special construction grants bringing broadband to under/unconnected schools.

Staff Liaison: Christine Fox

The Professional Learning Committee exists to provide relevant, high-quality professional learning opportunities and to facilitate the development and advancement of job-related skills and knowledge of members. In particular, the committee will focus on opportunities designed to build stronger and more effective state leaders and to develop future SETDA leaders. The committee will review, identify, develop, and provide professional learning opportunities on an ongoing basis to meet emerging needs of the SETDA membership. Focus areas for the committee include:

  • Planning for and providing a range of professional learning topics and formats for members, ensuring unique experiences that members view as high quality and relevant to their needs over time.
  • Fostering informal networking and relationship building among members, state colleagues, strategic partners, and others.
  • Leveraging the SETDA online learning community to facilitate valuable opportunities for professional learning and networking across states and territories during and in-between formal professional learning activities.
  • Planning the agenda and content for national gatherings of SETDA members.
  • Evaluating the success of the professional learning events, soliciting input from the membership regarding professional learning needs, and revising professional learning activities based on member input.

State Action

State Action Committee

Leadership: Janice Mertes, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

Janice Mertes HeadshotJanice Mertes is the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning -Digital Learning team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Janice leads the statewide Future Ready and Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan programs in addition to the State Superintendent’s Digital Learning Advisory Council (DLAC) focused on policy, practice, funding, and research. Janice coordinates partnership programming with the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC) to support online and blended learning along with other partners to support personalized, innovative student learning opportunities. The digital learning team supports the Wisconsin standards for Information and Technology Literacy, Keeping Kids Safe Online Cybersafety, digital leadership development, Title IVA and ESSA program support, coding, and district planning. Janice is a CoSN Certified Educator Technology Leader (CETL) and helps to coordinate the statewide credentialing program with the Wisconsin Education Technology Leaders. Janice previously served on the SETDA Board of Directors and currently leads the SETDA State Action committee. She currently serves on the CoSN Driving Innovation workgroup. She was named as one of Ed Scoop’s Top 25 State Leaders in 2017.

Staff Liaison: Candice Dodson

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

Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships Committee

Leadership: Stan Silverman, New York State Teacher Centers

Stan Silverman specializes in the application of instructional technologies to enhance teaching and learning in K–12 settings. He currently serves as the chair of the NYS Teacher Center Technology Committee, as a member of the NYS Board of Regents Technology Council, with the Professor Garfield Foundation, and is serving as a mentor in the Intel Education Accelerator. Silverman also runs the Technology Based Learning System Department that supports numerous grants and contracts supporting K–12 education throughout the United States, as well as coordinating the establishment of public/private partnerships in New York State. He received his degree in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook and his administrative degree from C.W. Post (LIU).


Staff Liaison: Melissa Greene

The Strategic Partnerships Committee exists to assist SETDA in establishing and engaging in partnerships to advance education through technology policy and practice. The committee advances informed thinking about partnerships and formal liaisons with other national organizations, including professional associations, foundations and the private sector. The committee will make recommendations to the association about potential partnerships and projects of common interest. Focus areas for the committee include:

  • Developing SETDA partnership and sponsorship strategies and policies. Developing and applying a code of conduct on member-partner engagement.
  • Securing and nurturing mutually beneficial partnerships aligned with SETDA’s initiatives and advocacy agenda.
  • Encouraging educational technology product development and growing the pipeline of solutions to education needs through relationships with established and emerging companies.
  • Promoting and implementing sponsorship program opportunities.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of partnership and sponsorship opportunities for all parties.
  • Planning for and providing a range of opportunities at national gatherings that engage members, private sector partners, and other organizations in meaningful and timely conversations relevant to the national, evolving dialogue on education and technology.
  • Developing opportunities for showcasing innovations with technology solutions.

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