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Report Release and Hill Briefing

Sponsors: Senator Angus King & Rep. Jared Polis

Event Details

  • September 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT
  • Russell Senate Office Building Room 485, Washington, DC

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SETDA is excited to present the The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for LearningThis 2016 report expands on earlier recommendations from SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs and SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action’s report, State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access. In this latest report, SETDA continues to advocate for increasing robust access both in and out of school to best prepare all students for college and careers. Recommendations include:

1. Increase Infrastructure to Support Student-Centered Learning
2. Design Infrastructure to Meet Capacity Targets
3. Ensure Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School
4. Leverage State Resources to Increase Broadband Access

Presenters will highlight and discuss these updated recommendations for policy makers and school leaders.

Congressional offices and the general public are invited to attend this discussion. Interested parties may RSVP by registering here, no later than September 1. Questions may be addressed to Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA.

Moderator: Dr. Tracy Weeks, Executive Director, SETDA

Opening Remarks: Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Federal Communications Commission

Presenters Include:

  • Laurence Cocco, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education
  • Jeff Egly, Associate Director, Technical Services, Utah Education Network
  • Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA
  • Jeff Mao, Senior Manager, Common Sense Education
  • Joseph South, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education
  • Dr. Lisa Spencer, Exec. Director of Instructional Technology & Support, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland

Featured Speaker

jessica rosenworcel Jessica Rosenworcel

 Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012.

Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.


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Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

Before joining the staff of the Committee, she served as Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also served at the agency as Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau.

Prior to entering public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath.

Commissioner Rosenworcel is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.


cocco pic largeLaurence Cocco

Director of the Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey Department of Education

Laurence Cocco is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the New Jersey Department of Education with the responsibility of supervising all federal and state educational technology initiatives. Besides serving on the Board of Directors for the State Educational Technology Directors Association, Laurence is also on the Thirteen/WNET Educational Services Advisory Committee and is Co-founder and a Director for Games4Ed. In 2014, he was recognized as the State Leader of the Year by SETDA.


Jeff Egly

Associate Director, Utah Education Network


Jeff Egly has 25 years experience working in information technology. As an Associate Director of the Utah Education Network, Jeff oversees UEN Field Operations, the Technical Services Support Center, Project Management, and Application Engineering.Jeff serves as the Technical Advocate for central Utah and has been with UEN for nearly 18 years. Jeff participates in the ongoing planning, implementation and support of broadband services to Utah’s public schools, colleges, universities and libraries. These services include Internet and Internet2 access, a robust 10-gigabit Ethernet backbone and gigabit Ethernet services to Utah’s public schools, colleges, universities, and libraries. In addition Jeff has oversight of UEN’s statewide IP based interactive video conferencing network (IVC) that leverages UEN’s broadband network to deliver distance education to Utah’s public high schools, colleges and universities.

CFoxHeadshotJune2013 (1)Christine Fox

Deputy Executive Director, SETDA


Christine Fox is the Deputy Executive Director for SETDA. As Deputy Executive Director, she collaborates with the Executive Director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL Coordinator and 3rd grade teacher. Christine has a Masters of Science in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.

maoJeff Mao

Senior Director, Common Sense Education


Jeff Mao joined Common Sense Education in the fall of 2014. He provides strategic consulting to states and districts on the effective implementation of digital learning programs. Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Jeff served as the Learning Technology Policy Director for the Maine Department of Education. In that role, he provided leadership and education technology policy support to four Commissioners of Education, and he was directly responsible for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). He oversaw all aspects of the program including vision, implementation, policy, professional development, procurement and contract management. Jeff has keynoted international events sponsored by UNESCO, World Bank, InterAmerica-Development Bank, and the Korean Education and Research Information Service. He served on the Board of Directors of the State Educational Technology Directors Association for six years including two as Chair of the Board. Common Sense Media named him Educator of the year in 2012, and SETDA named him Leader of the Year in 2013..

JosephJoseph South
Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education


Joseph South, Director of the Office of Educational Technology, has extensive experience establishing and scaling educational technology solutions in startup, corporate, non-profit, and higher education settings. He was most recently Senior Director at K12 Inc where he performed double duty as a strategic consultant on higher education initiatives while directing K-12 curriculum development offices in Utah and Oklahoma. He has pioneered online and blended learning solutions for institutions of higher education in science, foreign language, religion, and humanities. Working closely with Middlebury College senior leadership and faculty, Joseph led a multinational team as Senior Director of Product Development for Middlebury Interactive Languages, helping launch their first large scale online learning venture. While there, he led the development of a 3D immersive language learning role-playing game that earned a Serious Play Bronze Medal. He has also partnered with Gale Cengage to design and develop online world language and ESL courses for adults that have been distributed in public libraries throughout the country. In the non-profit sector, Joseph has led the development of interactive kiosks and online curriculum for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, has taught principals and superintendents how to use technology more effectively, helped develop and deploy computational science educational resources for public school students, and designed and conducted an internet science camp for middle school students that included a live chat with scientists working on the Mars rovers. Joseph is a co-inventor of a patented dynamic continual improvement educational environment. He has led learning programs and/or consulted on projects in China, Korea, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East. Joseph’s peer-reviewed publications include a study of the use and view of theory by practicing instructional designers and the design of narrative learning environments. He holds a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University.

Lisa_spencer2.jpgDr. Lisa Spencer

Executive Director of Technology Training & Support, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland

Dr. Spencer manages Instructional Technology Specialists, Help Desk, three Technology Distribution Centers, and the IT Technicians supporting all 210 schools in the county. The teams overarching goals are to provide excellent customer service to all of our end users and work with teachers to empower them to effectively and appropriately utilize technology as an instructional tool while providing opportunities for PGCPS students’ to master and enhance their use of 21st century skills.
tracyDr. Tracy Weeks

Executive Director, SETDA


Dr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Dr. Weeks oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.

From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation, as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Education Policy Fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

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