Washington, D.C. – February 28, 2011 – Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 17 national education associations representing more than ten million parents, educators and policymakers, welcomes the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) as its first education technology association member. ISTE will add perspective on technology’s contribution to education innovation in the broader school reform message of the alliance.

“We welcome ISTE to membership in the Learning First Alliance, and look forward to their experience in advocacy for appropriate technology to strengthen schools adding to the knowledge base and innovative outreach of our alliance members,” said Cheryl Williams, Executive Director, Learning First Alliance.

The Learning First Alliance is dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools and does so by sharing examples of success, encouraging collaboration at every level, and working toward the continual and long-term improvement of public education based on solid research.

“Our membership in the Learning First Alliance allows us to bring a technology message to the broader education reform conversation,” said Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE. “We stand strongly behind the Alliance’s mission and look forward to helping everyone in the U.S. understand the important role technology plays in learning and in students’ lives.”

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving learning and teaching by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education.
ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world and informs its members regarding educational issues of national and global scope.

About the Learning First Alliance:

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 17 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America’s public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association of School Business Officials International, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National Middle School Association, National School Public Relations Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains www.learningfirst.org, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.

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