Douglas Levin, Executive Director
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SETDA Honors Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado 
with Federal Policymaker Award

November 6, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) honored Congressman Jared Polis (CO) as its Federal Policymaker of the Year at the 2014 SETDA Leadership Summit: “Leading and Learning in the Digital Age.” Selected by the SETDA Board of Directors, the federal policymaker award is given annually to a federal leader who demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the future of education by supporting policy and funding for the effective use of technology for learning. Past winners have included U.S. Senators and Representatives and FCC Commissioners who have worked across the political aisle to do what is best for students.

Recently re-elected to his fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Polis has served with distinction on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce where he has championed technology-enabled innovation in education. Among other accomplishments, he launched and co-chairs the Congressional E-Learning Caucus that seeks to educate members of Congress about the benefits of e-learning and about how to improve federal support for quality online educational opportunities. Along with a bi-partisan group of two dozen Representatives, he has called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve and modernize the federal E-rate program, and most recently played a lead role in urging K-12 school service providers to safeguard student privacy by creating standards regarding the collection, maintenance, and use of student personal information.

“Congressman Polis has provided strong leadership in advocating for innovative approaches to ensuring that all students graduate high school prepared for success in college and 21st century careers,” stated Douglas Levin, Executive Director of SETDA. “We appreciate his track record of bipartisan leadership and look forward to continuing to work with the Congressman to advocate for improved educational opportunity and excellence via technology innovation.”

About the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit

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