Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning

logo_clearbackgroundThe Speak Up Project for Digital Learning, facilitated by Project Tomorrow®, gives education stakeholders the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning digital learning and the use of technology to support future ready schools. By participating today, you are ensuring your voice is heard not only by your school and district but at the state and national level as findings are summarized and shared with national and state policy makers every year. Speak Up is both a national research project and a free service to all schools and districts. Participating schools and districts can access their local data online, free-of-charge in February 2018. To learn more, visit the About Speak Up page. Get started now!

Surveys are open until January 19!

Take the survey now.

Register as your school or district’s primary contact: All districts and schools, in the current NCES database, are automatically registered to participate in Speak Up. To manage your school or district information and obtain free, online access to your school or district’s aggregated results, your registration must be activated with a main contact by clicking on the Registration button above or here.

If you still have questions contact a member of the Speak Up team!

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iNACOL Releases: Quality and Equity by Design: Charting the Course for the Next Phase of Competency-Based Education

qualityandequitybydesign_reportcover-web-232x300This publication seeks to advance K-12 competency education along four key issues: quality, equity, meeting students where they are, and policy.

K-12 education in the United States and across the world is at a critical point in its evolution, and the demand for competency education has never been greater. The four key issues outlined in this report are critical to enabling competency-based education to scale with quality and sustainability over the long term. The report provides actionable recommendations on how the field can advance through the next wave of innovation and implementation.

Download a copy at https://www.inacol.org/resource/quality-equity-design-charting-course-next-phase-competency-based-education/.

Find more resources on Competency Education from iNACOL at https://www.inacol.org/resources/.

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SETDA Honors Stan Freeda, New Hampshire Department of Education with 2017 State Leader of the Year Award

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October 26, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders today announced Stanley Freeda, Educational Technology and Online Learning Specialist for the New Hampshire Department of Education, as the recipient of the 2017 SETDA State Leader of the Year (SLY) Award. Freeda accepted the award at the 2017 Leadership Summit: Leveraging Technology to Personalize Student Learning in National Harbor, Maryland. The annual SLY Award honors an active SETDA member who has exhibited exemplary national and state leadership in educational technology. The awardee actively supports districts in his or her state to improve digital learning opportunities for all students, collaborates with members and other peers nationally through SETDA initiatives and committees, and engages with the broader education and policymaking communities to advocate for the role of technology in advancing education.

“Stan is both a great state leader and a model SETDA member,” noted Tracy Weeks, Executive Director of SETDA. “He is active on both SETDA’s State Engagement and Strategic Partnerships committees and is always willing to share SETDA resources with the field.”

SETDA past board chair and previous SLY Award winner, Candice Dodson, Director of e-Learning for the Indiana Department of Education shared, “It was an honor and delight to award Stan Freeda the 2017 SETDA State Leader of the Year award. Stan embodies all aspects of what SETDA values and champions in digital learning leadership.”
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Vote for what Goes in to the Ed Tech Time Capsule


CoSN and edScoop are creating a time capsule to name the top edtech innovations and innovators you believe have had the biggest impact on K–12 education over the past 25 years.

Categories are People, Products, and Developments  You can vote for as many in each category as you think deserve a vote.

Please visit www.edscoop.com/timecapsule/2017/vote/#development to vote for your choices!

VOTE today for the top edtech innovations and innovators you believe have had the biggest impact on K–12 education over the past 25 years.

Click on a photo to learn more about some of the outstanding people, products and developments — nominated by educators from across the country — then click the “Vote” button to add your vote. You can choose as many leaders, products and developments as you wish.

The top 25 selections will be announced in EdScoop — and enshrined in a virtual “EdTech Time Capsule” created by CoSN, in celebration of its 25th anniversary helping school leaders leverage technology to create and grow engaging learning environments.

Voting closes at midnight, Oct. 31, 2017.

Please share with your colleagues and friends in school and on social media and encourage them to vote as well.


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State Wi-Fi Leadership for Fostering Digital Learning Ready K–12 Schools: Extending the Broadband Imperative II

OETPressRelease1Below is a press release for SETDA’s latest resource, State Wi-Fi Leadership for Fostering Digital Learning Ready K–12 Schools: Extending the Broadband Imperative II.  As announced previously, SETDA released this paper via a webinar this afternoon. If you missed the webinar, you may access it here: http://home.edweb.net/webinar/state-leadership-k12-wifi-implementation/.

SETDA would like to thank the Broadband Taskforce and State Action Committee for supporting the development of this work, SETDA volunteers make our resources more robust and valuable to the entire digital learning community. Also, thank you to Education Networks of America (ENA) for their continued partnership and sponsorship of this paper. Continue reading

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iNACOL Issues Policy Brief on K-12 Competency-Based Education


Today, iNACOL released a new issue brief on State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education, which provides an overview of competency-based education, state policy recommendations and resources for policymakers who are ready to enable and support competency education.

Competency-based education is a next generation learning model that focuses on all students achieving mastery, preparing them for success in college, careers and civic life. State leaders can support policy for K-12 competency-based education to help all students succeed.

Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. What can policymakers do to encourage a shift to K-12 competency education? No matter where a state is starting from, there are different entry points policymakers can take to enable and support competency-based systems.

Download this iNACOL Issue Brief for an overview of competency education, state policy recommendations, and resources for K-12 competency education.

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