Rhonda Ford
animated people in a landscape of computers

As we navigate the impact of COVID-19 in our communities and across the field, I am sharing updates, resources and reflections from the ISTE/EdSurge team. 

The gravity of this moment cannot be understated. From large scale shifts to online learning to the ever-growing need for you, as leaders and changemakers, to adjust course and make decisions as we re-imagine the learning experience, this is an unprecedented moment within and far beyond the classroom. 

While you are navigating new realities, you’re also showing up with and for students, families and communities in the face of real inequities — economic insecurity, meal and housing uncertainties, digital divides and so many other injustices that are being laid bare for us to confront. You are showing up in this moment. You are doing the work. 

Thank you. Thank you for locking arms and leaning into the possibility and promise of collaboration. Thank you for hustling, crowdsourcing and sharing real-time and practical resources and support with each other and the field.

At the moment we remain optimistic that ISTE20 will continue as planned and we will be able to host an amazing learning experience for and with our community. We’ve added a new page to our conference site that provides updated details on adjustments we’re making based on COVID-19.

ISTE has made supporting educators and our communities during this time our highest priority. Here are some of the things we’re working on:

  • Launching LearningKeepsGoing.org. This new site includes practical resources and expert-sourced tools in one place and is updated frequently.
  • Hosting a COVID-19 Webinar Series. We’ll be sharing promising practices for schools that are using technology in effective ways to continue learning online. 
  • Creating a Coalition of Support Organizations. ISTE is regularly convening ISTE Affiliates and national education organizations to align our efforts and support for schools.

I’ll close this note with a reflection I shared with the ISTE community in January:

We don’t fit the “rest-on-our-laurels” mold! From transformational learning experiences to countless hours of collaboration and peer-led volunteering alongside the work you do everyday, this community is powerful, active and walking the talk of our mission to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. It’s incredible to bear witness to our community impact.

These words could not be more true right now. We’ve come a long way. And, we still have a long way to go. And we on the ISTE/EdSurge team are with you in the work, the challenges and the possibilities of this moment.

With deep gratitude,

Rhonda Ford
Chief Membership and Partnership Officer