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ISTE Professional Learning partnerships in 2013

ISTE is proud to partner with leading-edge organizations in the development of innovative and timely professional learning resources and experiences for educators. Below is a summary of the key professional development partnerships we engaged in during 2013.

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

In partnership with the Verizon Foundation, ISTE is actively supporting mobile learning initiatives across the United States in 24 schools that are members of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program (VILS). In 2012–2013, ISTE led the professional learning pathway for VILS program participants from 18 states, working closely with 49 district and school leaders, 44 technology coaches, and 240 teachers. ISTE’s support services included needs assessment, professional development and program evaluation. The VILS Program is designed to increase the effective use of mobile technologies, increase student engagement and increase student academic success. Professional development and support services are provided onsite at each school and online through webinars, a virtual conference and the Thinkfinity Community.

Maryland Public Television

ISTE partnered with Maryland Public Television (MPT) to contribute to with relevant online professional learning offerings focused on ISTE’s NETS and best practices in the integration of technology in math education. Through this experience, community members have the opportunity to participate in live and archived online professional learning experiences that provide a foundation in understanding and applying the Common Core State Standards through the NETS. is an outcome of a strong partnership between MPT, ISTE, National STEM Education Distributed Learning and The Math Forum @ Drexel.

HP Catalyst Summit, Brazil 2013.

HP Catalyst Summit 2013, Sao Paulo, Brazil

HP Catalyst Initiative and Summit

For more than a decade, ISTE has partnered with HP’s Global and Social Innovation Sector. In April 2013, the ISTE team assisted in hosting the HP Catalyst Summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil, bringing together educators from 16 countries to focus on collaboration and innovation to improve STEMx education. View photos from the summit

HP Catalyst Academy

New in 2013, ISTE and the New Media Consortium (NMC) are working with HP to form the HP Catalyst Academy. This partnership takes a fresh approach to extending the work of the HP Catalyst project by providing free professional learning among STEMx (science, technology, engineering, math and all the other 21st century high-tech disciplines) educators via personalized and powerful mini-courses that inspire and transform teaching practices. The program will launch with 15 courses in June. Beginning in October 2013, the HP Catalyst Academy will extend to 40 free, online mini-courses. These courses will give teachers throughout the world opportunities to engage their students through NETS-enriched STEMx content. The initiative is an extension of the work that ISTE has led in the area of computational thinking as well as reinforcement of the important role that the NETS play in innovative, STEM-based learning.