HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), an education nonprofit that supports the use of technology to accelerate innovation in education, today announced a statewide partnership with the Connecticut Department of Education and Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology to provide high quality, back-to-school professional development at no cost to public school educators based in Connecticut. With this partnership, Connecticut’s public school educators can attend ISTE U’s Summer Learning Academy 2021 for free. Register today with your work email address.

Over the past year, teachers have stretched their abilities and increased their confidence as they tried new tools, new models and new ways of teaching in their classrooms and districts. Through ISTE U’s Summer Learning Academy 2021, educators can further leverage the new ways of teaching and the new skills learned during the pandemic in order to help students succeed in the upcoming school year.

The Summer Learning Academy features 15 hours of learning, including three microcourses and six expert webinars, that will prepare teachers to return to familiar learning environments in a pandemic-transformed world. Designed for teachers, tech coaches and directors, librarians, and media specialists, educators will explore the topics of designing for inclusion, supporting student well-being, and accelerating student-driven learning.

ISTE U’s Summer Learning Academy will run Aug. 2-13, 2021. However, the flexible format will allow participants to attend live or watch later. Connecticut educators who register by Aug. 31, 2021, will be able to access course materials and recordings through Oct. 31, 2021. 

If you are a public school educator in Connecticut, register with your work email address to attend ISTE U’s Summer Learning Academy 2021 for free

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About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org.

About Connecticut State Department of Education
The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing funds to all Connecticut public school districts. The Department also operates the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System. 

About Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology
The Commission for Educational Technology is empowered by the General Assembly through CGS § 61a to envision, coordinate, and oversee the management and successful integration of technology in Connecticut's schools, libraries, colleges and universities. As part of its responsibilities as the state's principal educational technology adviser, it designs and stewards the State Educational Technology Goals and Plan that helps ensure equity of access to technology-based learning solutions. The State Plan includes initiatives across three focus areas: data privacy, digital learning, and infrastructure.