Early-Bird Registration Open for Inaugural Event, Keynoted by Award-Winning Educator Chris Lehmann

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 29, 2012 – With escalating demands for accountability, the rise in mobile-learning technologies, and shrinking resources, today’s schools face more pressing challenges than ever before. Attending the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Leadership Forum 2012, Oct. 21-23 in Indianapolis, is a prime opportunity for school leaders from around the country to explore these critical issues and identify solutions that will help them leverage the power of technology to ensure that all students graduate ready for success in college and career. Early-bird registration for the inaugural ISTE Leadership Forum is now available through Sept. 15.

“School leaders face a million challenges every day in serving their students. One that underlies the very nature of education is how to use technology strategically to transform student learning,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE’s new CEO. “These leaders need pragmatic, workable solutions. The ISTE Leadership Forum will deliver these solutions, addressing issues such as how to engage mobile technology and support the Common Core Standards.”

Kicking off the three-day conference will be keynote speaker Chris Lehmann, founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, an inquiry-driven, project-based, one-to-one laptop science and technology high school in Philadelphia. Lehmann will share his insights into what it takes to be a 21st century administrator, supported by pragmatic examples of how to create learning environments for the digital age.

Then leadership teams of superintendents, principals, CIOs, CTOs, CBOs, curriculum leaders and tech coordinators will have the opportunity to explore their biggest challenges under the guidance of the forum’s lead facilitator and international authority on education reform, Michael Fullan. Through numerous interactive work sessions, panel discussions and networking events, participants will discover how to:

 Maximize their tech investments and stretch their dollars
 Leverage social media for instruction and establish a social-media policy
 Employ technology to meet the Common Core State Standards
 Support and motivate staff to embrace new strategies
 Engage tech tools to assist with parent communication and involvement

In special Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) sessions, participants will increase their technology skills through hands-on exploration of software or resources, including social-networking sites, Google Docs and Forms, web 2.0 apps, smartphones, tablets and more.

Early-bird registration is $594 and includes a one-year standard membership to ISTE (a $99 value). Current ISTE members can register under early-bird registration for $495.

For more information or to register for the ISTE Leadership Forum 2012, go to www.isteleadershipforum.org.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, the ISTE leadership forum and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. For more information, visit iste.org.


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