Test your knowledge about the ISTE Board of Directors with a quiz to help you understand the breadth of talent and expertise that the candidates bring to the table so you can vote for your favorites with confidence.
Today we have a pop quiz. Don’t worry, it’s open book — or make that open internet. You can find all the answers on the ISTE Board of Directors election page on our website.
The purpose of the quiz is to make sure that you, as an ISTE member, understand the breadth of talent and expertise that candidates running for the ISTE Board of Directors bring to the table so you can vote for your favorites with confidence.
“These six on the ballot are really amazing ISTE people,” said ISTE Board Chair Kecia Ray. “They have been with ISTE for a really long time. They’ve shown their contributions through SIGs, as affiliate members, as conference presenters and in many other ways.”
All you need to do is watch a short video from each candidate and read their bios and responses to two questions. Then you need to choose. To make it easier this year, we’ve streamlined the process. There are six candidates on the ballot, and you get to pick three.
It’s important for members to become involved and vote because the board has a tremendous impact on how ISTE moves forward.
“Your job as a member is to make sure that only the strongest, most capable people get on the board,” Ray said. “Your first duty is to make sure we have great leadership and to elect people who will make sure ISTE has the resources it needs. I don’t think a lot of people think about it that way.”
OK, lecture’s over. Now the test! How many board candidates can you name from the clues below?
- This candidate organized a two-day focus session on advocacy and helped a state educational technology association create an advocacy plan to ensure that lawmakers understand the importance of educational technology and digital age education. The candidate says, “We must help legislators understand that funding technology is not an add-on, but the foundation of what we do, and parents must know that without access to digital tools, our children are at a disadvantage in today’s world.”
- This candidate created and scaled a professional learning initiative that grew to involve more than 10 million teachers from over 80 countries. The candidate says, “I do think that international benchmarked, rigorous standards are a good thing. And high-quality assessments that accurately measure achievement to those standards are useful to educators and educational systems. But I think the mind share and funding going into those two to four days of testing, versus the other 176 days of learning, is out of balance.”
- This candidate developed curriculum for teachers and informal educators as part of the NASA Aeronautics Educator Service Project and has provided online and in-person professional development. The candidate says, “We and our students need to learn to connect intellectually and with kindness and caring with our neighbors so that we can work, play and live together, now that we are in constant contact. This must be part of education.”
- This high school teacher librarian serves on a state department library task force and has been an active member on other state department of education committees. The candidate has been an active volunteer at numerous ISTE conferences. One big concern this candidate has is “the lack of knowledge about digital citizenship issues in general by teachers and parents. Students need to be taught the importance of online safety, the skill of accessing and organizing digital content, the importance of citing sources, and the value in controlling their digital footprint.”
- This candidate has been a college instructor teaching the use of educational technology and literacy and has co-published a guidebook for leaders on 1:1. The candidate thinks that “addressing education technology issues on a global level is important. As is the case in every industry, educators can learn and students can benefit from the advances and lessons from those on the other side of the world. In this increasingly global economy, our students must be able to keep up.”
- This candidate taught at the middle and high school levels before leaving the classroom to teach on an Emmy Award-winning TV program. The candidate says, “I coordinated the nation’s oldest student media festival for nearly 20 years and have seen how work in technology can bring strength to organizations and educators.”