What are the candidates saying about education? Join the discussion May 26 to find out!

Memo from the ISTE Advocacy Network:

You’re invited to participate in a one-of-a-kind, ISTE-sponsored Presidential Forum hosted by the Committee for Education Funding (CEF) Thursday, May 26 from 9 a.m.– noon. The event will feature high-level policy representatives from the presidential campaigns who will discuss the candidates’ education policy platforms and agendas. The event is a unique opportunity to hear an in-depth analysis of each candidate’s education priorities.

Award-winning journalist Candy Crowley will moderate the event and give the audience a chance to ask questions about the need to invest in education and what education policy will look like with a new administration.

The ISTE community can watch the broadcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C.! In addition to watching the livestream, you can participate in the event by submitting your questions for the speakers at SubmitQ@cef.org or tweeting your question using #CEFpresForum.

Please consider submitting or tweeting questions related to key ISTE advocacy initiatives such as digital equity, ed tech funding, digital citizenship and digital age classrooms.

We hope you can join the critical conversation and find out about each of the candidate’s education policy platforms in the 2016 race for the White House!

April is Advocacy Month: Make Your Voice Heard

Below is a request from Craig Thibaudeau, ISTE’s Chief External Relations Officer.

As part of Advocacy Month in April, ISTE is seeking video messages from education leaders and policymakers.

We are hopeful that you would be willing to take just a few minutes to record a quick video message that answers the question, “Why do you stand for ed tech?”

Here’s the process:

Record a 10- to 20-second video of yourself explaining the reasons you support ed tech.

Post the video on your own Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account after April 1 with the hashtag #WhyEdTech.

ISTE will be sharing these messages on social media throughout April for Advocacy Month. They also envision creating a mash up of all the videos submitted, along with those from other ed tech supporters, in a Storify at the end of April.

Thank you in advance for you time and for considering this request. With voices like yours, we’re confident we can spark a grassroots movement that illustrates the importance of ed tech and encourages support for its proper funding.


Write Your US Senators to Support a Stand-Alone Digital Learning Program

MACUL is an ISTE Affiliate organization and we join them in asking for your help!

The U.S. Senate is moving quickly to revamp the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), known as the No Child Left Behind Act for the past 13 years. Unfortunately, as drafted, the current Senate bill does not include language for a dedicated digital learning program. We strongly encourage you to write to your senators before Feb. 2 to help them better understand the importance of reinstating a dedicated program for learning with technology.

ISTE believes that all students should have an opportunity to learn in a connected classroom. If we hope to achieve this vision, we must make bold investments and take decisive action to address the growing needs of educators as they transition to digital age learning. Overlooking the importance of a program focused on advancing digital learning for all would be a major misstep for the next iteration of our nation’s K-12 law.

When No Child Left Behind was enacted 13 years ago, it contained a stand-alone ed tech component — the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program. Until 2010, when funding was eliminated, EETT provided states, districts and schools with funding for technology professional learning, digital tools and content, and technology leadership capacity.

ISTE believes it is critical that the federal government invest in digital learning, as schools cannot afford to make these significant investments alone. A separate ed tech program will ensure that the federal government prioritizes support for digital education and that all of our nation’s students, regardless of where they live, are engaged in digital age learning.

ISTE has drafted a letter that you can personalize and send to your two U.S. senators with the click of a button. We have less than one week to share with Sen. Lamar Alexander, chair of the Senate education committee, your thoughts about how a separate ed tech program will help meet the needs of students. Don’t delay, please write your senators today! Together, our voices carry!

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