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EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2017

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Join us in Washington, D.C., May 11 and 12 to educate policymakers about the critical role of technology in transforming education.


Congress and the Trump administration will make important decisions this year that could significantly impact education technology leaders, their schools and the students they serve. Discussions are already underway about the future of the E-Rate, updating student data privacy requirements and allocating funding for the new Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant program, which houses the edtech provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

Now, more than ever, it’s essential for federal policymakers and officials to hear from educators about the benefits of digital learning for students, teachers and families, and to help shape policies reflecting this input. Add your voice to this debate by attending the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2017.


Why should I be an advocate?

Policymakers have a wide array of responsibilities and they rely on experts to help them make sound decisions for their states and congressional districts. Education technology policy is no exception, and your expertise is incredibly valuable to members of Congress, their staff and key leaders at the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission. The EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2017 is an opportunity for you to influence decisions that could have a long-term impact on your students, teachers and school.

I’m not political. How will I know what to do?

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) have partnered to develop a rich program and arrange non-partisan advocacy opportunities for both novice and expert advocates.

Our program provides:

  • ● Comprehensive policy briefing and pre-event advocacy training one week before arriving in Washington, D.C.
  • ● Well-designed talking points to help you inform and engage policymakers.
  • ● Pre-arranged meetings with congressional education policy staff.
  • ● A Technology policy briefing and networking reception with other summit participants, congressional staff and national education policy leaders.

How can the summit benefit my state, school district, school, company or organization?

Federal policy decisions can have a huge impact on schools’ abilities to acquire and effectively use technology for learning. Policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch are slated to consider important issues like the future size and focus of the E-Rate, the requirements schools and their partners must follow when handling student data, and difficult funding matters like the size of the SSAE program. Your participation in the summit could make the difference in how these decisions impact your school and district, and help to ensure your members of Congress understand digital education’s importance to students and communities.

What is the schedule of events?

Every attendee will be strongly encouraged to participate in a one pre-event training webinar on May 4 at 4pm ET. The webinar will also be archived if you cannot be part of live event and details will be provided once you have registered.For convenience, the summit is being held in conjunction with the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) Large District Fly-In. Advocacy day attendees do not have to participate in the CDE conference, but the first summit event will be hosted by CDE on May 11 at 12 p.m. at the Westin Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia. We will then travel together to Capitol Hill for a day of meetings with representatives from House and Senate offices, and will conclude the first day with a networking reception with peers, national leaders and congressional staff.

We will reconvene on the morning of May 12 for additional policy meetings with U.S. Department of Education and Federal Communications Commission staff. Day two will conclude at 2 p.m. so that attendees can return home.

A finalized agenda and logistics will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

Hotel Information

For hotel reservation please contact:

Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport
2020 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202

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For reservations call 1-800-445-8667. Hotel group code is CoSN0, please use upon registration for your room.