School Leaders Head to Ireland for Education Technology Delegation

CoSN-Led Visit Will Explore Country’s Successful Efforts Advancing Innovative Learning Systems
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Washington, DC (September 22, 2016) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today is leading an education delegation to the Republic of Ireland.

Over the course of 10 days, September 22-October 1, district technology leaders will meet with government officials, speak with education leaders and students, and visit pioneering schools in Belfast and Dublin to learn more about the country’s innovative learning success.

“Ireland is the tech center of Europe and has been a leader in advancing information and communications technology (ICT). This is an important opportunity to see how the nation has spurred innovation and supported modern, personalized teaching and learning settings,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

The delegation will specifically focus on addressing the following questions:

  • How can an ongoing commitment to ICT investments in education be sustained in the face of economic shifts and cycles?
  • What are the policies that are helping to transforming Irish schools into e-learning environments?
  • How is the government sparking innovation by supporting programs such as the Maker Movement and coding?
  • How is Ireland developing the skills that are essential for the 21st century learner? 
  • What are the main differences between the ICT investment strategies in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland?

CoSN will bring the lessons learned back home to help inform the broader education community about the policies and practices to support 21st century learning environments.

The delegation to Ireland will mark CoSN’s 10th trip as part of its global leadership efforts, following trips to India (2015), Singapore (2015), Portugal (2013), London and Paris (2011), South America (2011), Scotland and the Netherlands (2009), Scandinavia (2007), Australia (2004), and the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Germany (2002).

You can follow along CoSN’s trip to Ireland here and on Twitter.

CoSN will produce a report summarizing its observations, lessons, and recommendations later this year.


About CoSN
CoSN is the premier voice and resource for K-12 education technology leaders nationwide. Serving more than 11 million students in America’s school systems, CoSN provides education leaders with the tools and relationships to leverage technology and advance modern, engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.