School Technology Leaders Go to Washington to Meet with Policymakers

E-Rate Program, Student Data Privacy and Tech Funding Top Agenda
Washington, DC
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Nearly 100 school technology leaders from across the country are in Washington, DC, today to urge policymakers to advance and preserve critical education technology policies.
 
Led by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), ISTE (the International Society for Technology in Education) and SETDA (the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018 will include meetings with members of Congress and their staff, the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Education.
 
“It is essential for federal policymakers and officials to hear from educators about the benefits of digital learning for students, teachers and families. We look forward to having productive conversations and providing insight that will help shape polices this year,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger.
 
“Having educators engage directly with their members of Congress to share their students’ stories firsthand is one of the most powerful ways we can impact policy. Congress needs to act decisively to support these educators as they transform learning through the power of technology,” said ISTE Chief Learning Officer Joseph South. “ISTE is proud to help give them a voice on the national stage. They are doing critically important work both here and in their schools.”
 
 
“This event is a great opportunity for state and local education technology leaders to join together with one voice to share with policymakers how digital learning can provide equitable opportunities for all students,” said SETDA Executive Director Tracy Weeks.
 
Representatives from CoSN, ISTE and SETDA are available to speak with the media. If you are interested, please contact Michael Kaplun at mkaplun@fratelli.com.
 
To learn more about the annual summit, visit: cosnconference.org/edtechadvocacyandpolicysummit2018.
 
About CoSN
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. For 25 years, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. 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.
 
About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning. Learn more at: www.iste.org.
 
About SETDA
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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