July 2, 2007 (Arlington, VA) — The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) today announced the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers below:
? Rick Gaisford (UT), Chair
? Anita Givens (TX), Vice-Chair
? Jayne Moore (MD), Secretary
? Wayne Hartschuh (DE), Treasurer
? Jeff Mao (ME)
? Lan Neugent (VA)
? John O´Connell (IA)
? Carla Wade (OR)
? Geoff Fletcher, (Emeritus)
"SETDA is fortunate to have such a cohesive membership and strong group of leaders to set the direction of the organization," stated Dr. Mary Ann Wolf, executive director of SETDA. "We look forward to working with the Board — namely our new chairman, Rick Gaisford from Utah — and we welcome Jeff Mao from Maine as a thought leader in innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
At NECC, SETDA released its 2007 Toolkit that addresses the need for a comprehensive approach to Media Literacy and Fluency as well as the promotion of effective ed-tech models to state level educators. SETDA also added important resources and components to its 2006 Math Toolkit.
"The Changing Media Landscape: Promoting a Systemic Approach to ICT and Media Fluency" component is a set of materials that promote a systemic approach for information and media literacy within our schools. SETDA seeks to help states develop a common vision and implementation strategies that prepare students to make safe, responsible, and effective use of technology, information and media both in and out of school.
The state advocacy component entitled, "Education´s Role in Competitiveness: Technology is the Catalyst for Modernizing Teaching & Learning" provides a national perspective on education´s role in global competitiveness and discusses how schools of today need to be different than schools of yesterday. Resources for advocating with policymakers, education leaders, and community members are included in the tool, as well as mechanisms for sharing the benefits and innovative funding approaches. The tool highlights Immersion Programs that Support Systemic Change in Teaching & Learning and Professional Development models such as online courseware, curriculum cadres, and technology coaches as promising practices.
The toolkit is available free to all interested stakeholders online at http://www.setda.org/web/guest/toolkit2007.
The "Technology´s Role in Math Curriculum" Toolkit now includes an evaluative rubric; promising practices from 14 states; and research and case studies. This, added to the vision statement and leveraging funding sources matrix, provides in one place important real-world examples and resources around the role of technology in math education. To access the 2006 toolkit, please go to http://www.setda.org/web/guest/toolkits.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members. SETDA provides its membership consisting of 50 states and two territories with opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another as well as the broader education community. For more information about SETDA and/or its events, visit http://www.setda.org. Contact — Mary Ann Wolf, Executive Director, at 410-647-6965 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.