Calling All Classroom Teachers For
LEC’s Next Certification: The Digital Educator

— Focus on Pedagogy and Technology-Rich Learning Opportunities —

WALNUT CREEK, CA (November 27, 2012) – Leading Edge Certification (LEC), a national Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, today announced that Digital Educator will be the next certification program to be developed. Leading Edge Certification for the Digital Educator is currently being developed under the leadership of Burt Lo, Chair. A pilot program is planned for early 2013, and the final certification program will be available in July 2013.

“With a focus on today’s K-12 classroom teacher, LEC’s Digital Educator’s emphasis on developing pedagogy to encourage technology-rich learning activities has a tremendous ability to effect change and impact today’s classroom,” said Burt Lo, Chair of Leading Edge Digital Educator Certification and Manager of Instructional Technology and Online Learning for Santa Clara County Office of Education, adding, “I’m thrilled to be a part of LEC’s Digital Educator efforts.”

A focus of LEC’s Digital Educator certification is the effective utilization of technology-rich learning opportunities. Upon completion of the Digital Educator Certification program, participants will have a portfolio of technology-enhanced projects demonstrating learning activities that encourage students to think critically, communicate, collaborate, and create.

Leading Edge Digital Educator Certification curriculum is being developed based on the National Education Technology Plan, Common Core State Standards, and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T). LEC’s Digital Educator will be comprised of multiple modules – ranging from Digital Literacy and Citizenship to Data Literacy, Learning Environments and Communication and Collaboration.

The Digital Educator Certification will be offered by both Leading Edge Core and Stakeholder Alliance members, and will be a 6-8 week course that is delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online trainings.

To find out more about Leading Edge Certification, visit

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About Leading Edge Certification
Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. LEC for the Online and Blended Teacher and LEC for the Administrator are available; future certifications for the Digital Educator, Teacher Librarian, and Leading Educator (Professional Developer) are forthcoming. Visit to find out more.

Leading Edge Alliance Members, Digital Educator Certification
Core Alliance Members: California Technology Assistance Project, CUE, Los Angeles County Office of Education, New Media Consortium, Orange County Department of Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership
Stakeholder Alliance Members: Alameda County Office of Education, Common Sense Media, Contra Costa County Office of Education, New Mexico Society for Technology in Education, San Diego County Office of Education
Supporter Alliance Members: Center for Digital Education

Media Contact:
Beth Cherry, B. Cherry Communications

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