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November 19, 2018: What do midterm election outcomes mean for education?
September 27, 2018: ISTE Encouraged by Funding for Education, Raises Concerns Regarding Clarity of How Title IV-A Funds Can Be Spent
August 23, 2018: ISTE Strongly Opposes
Using Federal Education Funding to Buy Guns for Schools
July 25, 2018:
ISTE Optimistic About Focus on Preparing Next-Generation Teachers
May 18, 2018:
Washington State Adopts Educational Technology Standards
May 16, 2018: Statement from ISTE CEO Richard Culatta on Senate Net Neutrality Vote
May 3, 2018: Resources You Need to Direct Edtech Finds Your Way! (PDF)
March 21, 2018: "ISTE Says American Students Benefit from Congressional Support of Tech and Teaching in Funding Bill"March 22, 2018: Funding bill supports edtech, teachers | PDF
February 13, 2018: "ISTE CEO Richard Culatta Disappointed by President Donald Trump’s Proposed Budget for FY 2019 that Eliminates Programs that Support Educators"
February 9, 2018: "Governors’ State of the States Signal the Beginning of New Era for Edtech, Says ISTE"
December 11, 2017: "Educators to Reinforce Importance of Technology Policies and Investment"
November 30, 2017: "Vermont State Board of Education Adopts Updated ISTE Standards for Students"
October 18, 2017: "Connecticut Becomes First State to Endorse ISTE Standards
September 6, 2017: "ISTE Applauds Senate Investment in Professional Development, Expresses Concerns Over Low Edtech Funding Levels"
July 24, 2017: "Educator Standards make their way into Texas law"
July 14, 2017: "ISTE Carefully Watching Congress as Education Dollars for Local Schools and Students Face Uncertain Futures"
May 9, 2017: National Day of Advocacy for Edtech, May 11 | PDF
April 1, 2017: "ISTE says funding for school technology needs more attention in next budget deal"
July 2018: Your voice is making a difference!
April 2018: Congress invests in edtech
January 2018: 2017 edtech advocacy roundup | PDF
October 2017: Federal Funding Update: Title II-A’s survival prospects improve, TITLE IV-A again underfunded
May 2017: Trump signs FY17 spending deal, proposes FY18 budget | PDF
Educators want to support students, maintain expectations, promote learning and plead the case for allocating the resources necessary to fulfill the potential of a child’s future, our future, humankind’s future. That’s why educators become advocates, writes Rod Carnill.
Advocacy involves more than providing testimony to your local, state or federal elected officials to influence legislation or seek funding.
It's about engaging all audiences in daily actions that make a difference and, in education, that means students, too.
When efforts to streamline teacher licensing in Massachusetts recently took an unexpected turn, a cadre of organizations, led by ISTE affiliate MassCUE, united to support educators. The effort was an amazing example of how partnerships in the education community can have a real and lasting effect at the school site level, and on teaching and learning.
In its purest form, advocacy aims to guarantee that the voices of the underrepresented are heard and taken into account when decisions are made that directly impact their rights, lives and best interests. All advocacy efforts should focus first on securing what's not available to students but is critical to their immediate educational needs.
The ISTE Standards are masterful personas that define how students and teachers should use technology to support learning, writes Doug Casey, executive director of the Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology. They strike just the right balance between descriptive and prescriptive, making them relevant for years to come, regardless of current technology trends.
Susan Poling, executive director of the Alabama Leaders of Educational Technology, says edtech advocacy can't be a waiting game. It takes passion, smart thinking and teamwork.
Advocacy at the state and local levels are a vital component in ensuring that technology in education receives the backing necessary to meet the growing needs of digital age learners.