SETDA Director of Strategic Partnerships
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SETDA Events to Showcase $2 Billion in K-12 Technology ConnectED Commitments
June 13, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, announced today the first in a series of new actions the association is taking to support the aims of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative. ConnectED is intended to enrich K-12 education for every student in America by leveraging the power of technology for learning, including through public-private partnerships with leading technology companies. To date, the President has announced that ten companies have pledged $2 billion in support toward advancing ConnectED goals. The SETDA work is designed to highlight these commitments and help ensure that students and teachers most in need of support benefit from these unprecedented offers of public-private partnership.
Today’s announcement includes:
- The hosting of a first of its kind public event on June 28, 2014 at 4pm ET – in conjunction with the 2014 SETDA Emerging Technologies Forum and adjacent to the 2014 ISTE Conference and Expo in Atlanta, GA – that will bring together representatives of participating companies and the U.S. Department of Education with educators for an overview of and dialogue about their commitments; and,
- The hosting of a public back-to-school webinar that will provide an update and further details on these private sector ConnectED commitments.
Participating companies include: Adobe; Apple, Inc.; AT&T; Autodesk; Esri; Microsoft; Prezi; Safari Books Online; Sprint Corporation; and Verizon.
For further details and to RSVP to attend the June 28 event, please visit: https://www.setda.org/outreach/public-events/connected-partners.
“President Obama launched the ConnectED initiative to dramatically accelerate the preparation of all students for college and 21st century careers through a concerted national effort to address inequities in access to broadband and effective digital learning tools and resources,” stated Douglas Levin, Executive Director of SETDA. “We are pleased to lend our support to advance the aims of ConnectED and remain committed to ensuring that the needs identified in the launch of the initiative are addressed through meaningful federal actions in concert with public-private partnerships.”
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, 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 www.setda.org.
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