Washington, D.C.–The International Society for Technology in Education
(ISTE®) brought together nearly 80 educational technology leaders from 20+ U.S. states on April 22 for the first-ever ISTE State Advocacy Capacity Building conference.
Held at the L´Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C., the conference included panels and workgroups focused on developing relationships with U.S. state policy-makers; building coalitions; leveraging conferences and other events; and using communications tools for advocacy. Most of the participants and many of the presenters were members and leaders of ISTE´s affiliate organizations.
According to Jill Pierce, director of technology for the Loudon County Board of Education (TN) and one of several representatives from ISTE affiliate, the Tennessee Educational Technology Association, "Having a conference of this quality shows us how to utilize the national-level resources ISTE can provide to build advocacy in our own state."
Dr. Thomas Bookler, assistant regional superintendent based in DuPage County (IL) and a representative from ISTE affiliate, Illinois Computer Educators, concurred. "I walked away with a myriad of new ideas and ways that we can move the educational technology agenda forward in Illinois."
"We are thrilled with the success of this first state-level advocacy event," said ISTE CEO Don Knezek. "State-level policy, programs, and funding are absolutely critical for transforming education so it meets the needs of digital-age learners. And we´re very glad we can support our affiliates as they develop their capacity for effective grassroots action."
Atomic Learning, Pearson Education, and Promethean, Inc, provided corporate sponsorship for the event.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership association, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Visit www.iste.org or call 1.800.336.5191 to learn more about ISTE.