Within the last year, the Obama administration has launched a number of new initiatives to promote school reform and improvement via technology. Come hear and share your views on the status of E-rate modernization (which will radically re-shape school broadband access) and the mulit-pronged ConnectED initiative, which includes public-private partnerships resulting in the donation of over $1 billion in educational technology products and services to schools, as well as a new federal educational technology program, ConnectEDucators.
Doug Levin, SETDA Executive Director
Professional Learning for the Digital Age
Successful digital learning experiences depend on educators that can comfortably use the technology tools and resources as an integral facet of their instructional practices. This entails ongoing training in the various programs, content and applications that teachers and students might use, as well as ongoing, sustained on-site support for teachers. Educator learning experiences that are well-aligned to state and local instructional and student learning goals are the key to making sure that technology ultimately facilitates high-quality, relevant, college and career ready learning experiences for students. Join the conversation and learn about SETDA’s online Professional Learning resources including our new setda.org resources and the State Education Policy Center.
Christine Fox, SETDA Director of Educational Research & Research
Technology Readiness for Common Core Assessment
Most states belonging to the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia were involved to some degree in field testing for the new assessments this past spring and next year the assessments will roll out for real. In addition, the three of the four smaller consortia will begin their field testing in 2014. All the consortia have requirements for technology and testing, some of which are evolving. How ready are states and districts – and their students – for the assessments and what have they learned from the field test experience to inform their readiness? Join this discussion about technology readiness for learning and assessment and learn about the technology requirements for the online assessments of all six consortia.
Geoff Fletcher, SETDA Deputy Executive Director
Student Data Privacy: Legal, Technical and Political Considerations
Within the last year, over 100 bills addressing student data privacy issues have been introduced in 35 states with 16 being passed into law. At the federal level, the White House has called for an update of federal student data privacy legislation, while legislation to do just that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. Join a lively discussion and dialogue on the evolving landscape surrounding the collection and management of student data in K-12 at the state and federal levels.