Washington, DC – UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has appointed Donald G. Knezek, PhD, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE ®), to the governing board of the Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE) for a two-year period from 2011 to 2013.
UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) established IITE in 1997 to
• support bridging the digital divide in education and building inclusive knowledge societies
• serve as a centre of excellence and provider of technical support and expertise in the area of ICT usage in education
• promote e-environments for increasing access to education and lifelong learning, facilitating policy dialogue and initiate development of national strategies on application of ICTs in education.
The governing board of IITE consists of 11 members chosen for their eminence in the field. The Board meets at least once a year and whenever necessary in the interest of the Institute or for the requirements of its activities. Knezek attended the most recent meeting of the governing board, held in Moscow, Russia in mid-November, 2011.
"I’m honored by this appointment," said Knezek, "and very pleased to extend the work ISTE’s done with UNESCO around ICT standards for teachers into this new arena. All of us have so much to learn from and with the global community."
A strong advocate for global, digital-age learning and teaching, Dr. Knezek will be headed to France in December to present at the First UNESCO Mobile Learning Week.
About Don Knezek
Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®), is recognized internationally for his leadership in transforming learning and teaching through effective and innovative uses of technology. He has led innovation at all levels of education, from classrooms and school districts to state, national and international projects. Recent leadership efforts include directing a national center for teacher preparation; consulting with ministries of education and affiliated groups from all over the world around digital age standards; and partnering with UNESCO on its ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and related credentialing programs for 21st century teaching. Dr. Knezek holds a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude from Dartmouth College, Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii, and PhD from the University of Texas. He is a tireless advocate for universal education.
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 and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. http://www.iste.org.