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SETDA Highlights from 2017

SETDA Says

2017 was a great year for state leadership for educational technology. SETDA engaged members, affiliates, private sector partners, and partner organizations around federal and state advocacy efforts and provided national leadership for broadband, digital instructional materials, and data interoperability. Below are highlights from the work of 2017. Advocacy With a new federal administration in 2017, […].

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Lake Central again seeks state technology loan of $900k | NWI.com → Each school district is eligible to receive $100 per student as determined by the enrollment at the end of September. Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Lake Central again seeks state technology loan of $900k | NWI.com → Each school district is eligible to receive $100 per student as determined by the enrollment at the end of September. Tagged on: September 23, 2017 Forget what you’ve been told about edtech | TechCrunch → Patrick Brothers writes: "Investors are incessant in their hunt for the next emerging market.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition)

Doug Levin

Yet, from my vantage point in the education policy arena (in leadership roles, for instance, at the National Association of State Boards of Education and the State Educational Technology Directors Association), the book and prediction drove widespread advocacy for changes in policy and practice. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 34 Edition). Tagged on: August 26, 2017 Are you a student? Tagged on: August 26, 2017 Can computers enhance the work of teachers?

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CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

Orientation Inspiration 2017

NeverEndingSearch

These are all things I do for free anyway, but it should be a great education/advocacy opportunity. In years past, I’ve written about orientation and strategies for opening the school year. Check out Orientation Inspiration (2013) and Orientation Attitude (2016). This year, I asked folks in my network about their plans on this Padlet and I scanned the blogs I regularly follow. This year, a couple of very clear trends emerged. Engagement. Gamification.

?Forbes “30 Under 30” Education Leaders to Learn From in 2017

Edsurge

It’s no small feat making Forbes “30 Under 30” roundup, which in 2017 boasts an acceptance rate of less than 4 percent. Though their talents, projects and backgrounds span wide, we’ve grouped them into several buckets to help you get to know the 2017 cohort: The Nonprofits Nonprofits again made up a hefty portion of the highlighted work being done to make education more accessible to all students.

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education

Digital Promise

Among them are advocacy campaigns, curriculum and resource development, professional development for teachers and administrators, and continued research. Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week’s Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education. But how do “code,” “computer science,” and, “computational thinking,” fit together?

Unleashing the Potential of Every Child

The CoolCatTeacher

Monday, September 18, 2017. Tom: You know, I think one of the best ways in 2017 is to meet new people, and to really have good access to quality of text in front of us… is Twitter. Tom Loud on episode 212 [A special encore episode] of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Tom Loud dropped out of high school because he didn’t connect with his teachers.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

CUE

The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. Advocacy advocacy ESSA FCC Title IV

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

When our presentations and our writing and our speaking and our advocacy focus primarily on ways that OER alleviate the cost problem, we’re actually doing exactly what publishers want. Imagine that – somehow – you’ve never used the internet before. A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is.

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SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know

Edsurge

Jahliel Thurman (Vice President of Uplift Entertainment) and Shalon Bell (Director of Strategic Alliances at the Atlanta Voice)—will discuss how despite limited monetary capital, these institutions continue to boost students’ potential in graduate education, entrepreneurship and advocacy through human capital. It’s that time of year again. We’re breaking out our barbeque bibs, pulling out our reporter’s notebooks and heading down to Austin for SXSWedu.

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Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

Student advocacy reinforced Kettle Moraine’s implementation of CBE and expanded opportunities around personalized learning. Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD), a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools , is a suburban district in Wisconsin leading some of the most advanced competency-based education (CBE) efforts in the country. KMSD knows that innovation and change, however, are not sustainable without systemic buy-in at all levels.

CUE Responds to Net Neutrality: The FCC votes to repeal Net Neutrality but.   

CUE

” Jessica Rosenworcel, received the CUE Legislative Advocacy Award last year and supported the AJR 7 in its development and will advise on next actions to take in the ongoing fight to repeal the FCC recommendation. Administrator AdvocacyCUE Responds to Net Neutrality: The FCC votes to repeal Net Neutrality but. . By John Cradler, CUE Legislative Consultant.

What I Wish My Teacher Knew: One Question That Could Change Everything

The CoolCatTeacher

Monday, September 4, 2017. You know, the advocacy is not lost on them. Kyle Schwartz on episode 141 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kyle Schwartz @ kylemschwartz asked a question of her students that went viral. Learn the story and the lesson plan and book that will help you build bridges with your students.

Let’s Show Our Work with the #PowerOfPublicSchools

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

— Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) February 10, 2017. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) February 7, 2017. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) February 1, 2017. — Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa) February 9, 2017. — Sherry Gick ; (@SherryGick) February 10, 2017. — Lorie Barber △⃒⃘ ⚯͛ (@barberchicago) February 10, 2017. — Kristina Holzweiss (@lieberrian) February 10, 2017. — Todd (@todd_burleson) February 10, 2017.

5 Ideas to Improve Rural Education in America

The CoolCatTeacher

The need for more rural education advocacy. Daisy currently hosts “ Totally Rural ,” a National Podcast bringing attention to Rural Business and Education issues, promoting advocacy in across the rural American space. Episode 40 of #10MT Interviews Daisy Dyer Duerr From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Today Daisy Dyer Duerr @DaisyDyerDuerr reimagines what rural education can be.

What Is Your Why?: The Importance of Computer Science Education

Digital Promise

Community Engagement and Advocacy. Pioneering districts in the League of Innovative Schools are at the forefront of incorporating computer science education in K-12, leading large-scale initiatives to integrate coding and computational thinking into their curricula. Digital Promise recently started a coding working group for the League as a forum to share best practices and address challenges in implementing computer science.

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Thursday, September 21, 2017. She’s the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year. And so, yes, I’ve kind of started very quickly after accepting the award for Instructional Technologist of the Year, then TCEA – as many of our state affiliates has a strong advocacy arm for educational opportunities here in Texas. Brianna Hodges on episode 154 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Favorite Books I Read in 2017

Reading By Example

Since I could not think of something to write for this month’s newsletter, I thought I would share some of the titles I most enjoyed from 2017. Advocacy Community Leader as a Reader Literacy ReadingThis is a repost from my school blog. I share my reading life with families and the community to help develop a new norm, in which everyone is a reader and writer. Take care, Matt. What do you do when you don’t know what to write?” A student asked me this during a classroom visit.

CUE Legislative Update – May 2019

CUE

Save the Net Update: Federal Net Neutrality Legislation House and Senate Democratic leaders held a press conference on April 10th, chaired by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Capitol Hill to unveil legislation aimed at restoring net neutrality rules established in 2015 which were repealed by the FCC in December 2017. News Advocacy Legislative Advocacy

XPRIZE: The Real Winners? Underserved Adult Learners

Digital Promise

It has spurred the publication of white papers, launch of incubators and conferences, as well as interest amongst journalists and advocacy groups. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 36 million adults in this country read at or below a third grade level — a staggering statistic. With low literacy, numeracy, and job skills, these adults are often relegated to low-skill, low-paying jobs.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues.

CUE Legislative Update – April 2019

CUE

Save the Internet: Federal Net Neutrality Legislation introduced Press Conference: House and Senate Democratic leaders held a press conference, chaired by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on Capitol Hill to unveil legislation aimed at restoring net neutrality rules established in 2015 which were repealed by the FCC in December 2017. News Advocacy Legislative Advocacy

Quiet In The Classroom: How To Recognize And Support Introverted Entrepreneurs

EdNews Daily

Advocate: Young introverts need parental advocacy for public school. Written by: Robyn D. Shulman. Quiet people have the loudest minds,”- Stephen Hawking. About two weeks ago, via LinkedIn, I shared Josh Steimle’s book review of Susan Cain ’s bestseller, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Within 48 hours, the update had over 43,000 views, and over 130 people shared it.

Principals Need to Know Literacy

Reading By Example

Advocacy classroom instruction Leadership Learning Literacy Reading Reflection Becoming a Literacy Leader Jennifer AllenWhen I first became a principal at an elementary school, I thought I had the requisite knowledge to be a literacy leader. My previous experiences in the classroom as a teacher of readers and writers led this misconception. So when I arrived in my new building, and one of the teachers encouraged me to attend a literacy institute, I declined.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

The desire to increase agency in the form of voice, choice, and advocacy should be viewed as just as important for educators (teachers and administrators) as it is for students. Advocacy Educators need to be put in a position where they can actively advocate for system improvements without the fear of repercussion. Advocacy educators consider voice and support for a cause to bring about needed change.

A simple, global connection tool

EdTech4Beginners

Kristin got her start in social impact work as a journalist in international child adoption and advocacy and as a 2nd grade teacher in California. What do third graders in Pakistan and Arkansas have in common? They’re about to find out. I’m excited to introduce Empatico , a free, online tool that recently launched with the bold vision of enabling more than one million students to discover how their peers around the world live.

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Learning Walks

A Principal's Reflections

Student agency (voice, choice, advocacy) – Are students empowered to own their learning (blended/personalized/virtual learning options, they select tool to be used, etc.) Successful change and consistent improvement rely on many interconnected factors. I mention this, as it is important to note that it isn’t one particular action or person that ultimately moves an idea or initiative into something that positively impacts school culture.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Advocacy Integration Leadership Literacy principal as an advocate Principalship Reading Soapbox Writing Jason Fried Linda Dorn Regie RoutmanOur top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? You have to be a great writer to work here, in every single position, because the majority of our communication is written, primarily because a lot of us work remotely but also because writing is quieter.

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Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

Tom Murray

Future Ready Schools ® is a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education , a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. From coast to coast, U.S. schools are buying tremendous amounts of technology, placing these tools in classrooms, and often are left wondering what to do with it.

Value-Added Schools

A Principal's Reflections

Emphasize student agency (voice, choice, advocacy) as a right for all Re-think homework and outdated grading practices to create a culture focused on R.E.A.L No, this is not a post about value-added evaluation practices. I believe that ship has sailed. There is a great deal of research and evidence out there that pretty much debunks the claims of many in the world of education reform that accountability systems based solely on student achievement data have any merit.

To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

Advocacy Community engagement Leader as a Reader Leadership Literacy Reading Soapbox Jim Trelease Mem Fox Stephen Layne wsra(I wrote this post last week for our families on my school blog.). If parents want to raise a reader, someone who engages in reading regularly and voluntarily, they should read aloud to their children. Put away the flashcards and take down the sticker charts for number of books read. Make reading aloud every day a priority.