CoSN, ISTE, and SETDA: EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2019


Join the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) in Washington, D.C., March 6-7 at the 2019 EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit to help educate policymakers about the critical role technology plays in transforming education.

The new Congress, which includes a Democratic majority in the House and a Republican-controlled Senate, will have a very full plate next year. Among the issues they'll confront are: negotiating with the Trump administration on a two-year spending caps deal that will have significant importance for annual education spending; considering legislation to rebuild America's schools that will likely include the need to incorporate broadband and up-to-date technology; and the investigation of new laws to govern privacy in and out of school. At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must determine whether E-Rate's Category 2 formula should remain, and may consider new ways to bridge the homework gap. Add to these critical issues a Congress that will include many new faces and many members contemplating presidential runs, providing edtech advocates with several compelling reasons to come to Washington next year. 

Beyond federal policy, the summit will also focus on issues that are arising or will likely arise in multiple states and districts, including screen-time policies, state-specific net neutrality rules and privacy. All of these issues could have a profound impact on the quality of education in your state.

Policymakers need to hear from educators like you about the benefits of digital learning for students, teachers, and families in order to shape sensible, forward-looking policies.

During the summit, you'll have opportunities to:

  • Attend in-depth briefings and discussions on key policy issues where you'll gather information you can take back to your state.

  • Advocate in face-to-face meetings with members of Congress or their staffs, the Department of Education and the FCC.

  • Network and share best practices with your peers from other states and Washington, D.C. education policy leaders.

CoSN, ISTE, and SETDA: EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018


March 14-15, 2018


Education leaders from around the country attended Washington, D.C.,  March 14 and 15, 2018 to educate policymakers about the critical role of technology in transforming education at the EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018. 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. There are discussions about the future of the E-Rate, updating student data privacy requirements and allocating funding for ed tech programs. It is more essential than ever 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. 































Educators Representing the Virginia Society for Technology in Education






Tuesday, May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA), founding member of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, led U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Todd Young (R-IN) in introducing the CTE Excellence and Equity Act to support re-designing the high school experience to include courses more relevant to the 21st century workforce to better prepare students for future careers. The bill would provide federal funding for partnerships between school districts, employers, and institutions of higher education in Virginia and other states that integrate high-quality career and technical education (CTE) programs into high schools. These partnerships help students earn industry-recognized credentials or credit toward a postsecondary degree or certificate and an understanding of the relevance of coursework in the context of a future career. According to the nonpartisan organization Achieve, nearly 80% of college instructors and 60% of employers indicate that public high schools fall short in preparing students for postsecondary education.

“The CTE Excellence and Equity Act provides data and research to address funding support for the much-needed redesign of more equitable CTE high school experiences that will help prepare more students to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” said Richmond Public Schools Career and Technical Education Instructional Specialist Jorge Valenzuela. “In order for our students to truly be successful throughout life after high school, CTE must be integrated into the instructional models of school divisions throughout our entire country.” - Jorge Valenzuela 


Senate CTE Caucus Holds Briefing on Infrastructure and CTE


Jan 2017 


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On January 24, the U.S. Senate Career and Technical Education Caucus hosted a briefing on how federal policy can support the intersection of infrastructure and CTE. Infrastructure includes a wide variety of fields, ranging from roads and bridges to telecom, water, energy and more. To address the nation’s various infrastructure needs and how CTE is preparing people for careers in these fields, a diverse group of panelists from across the country traveled to Capitol Hill to speak to more than 60 congressional staffers and leaders from different education organizations.

The following experts sat on the panel:

Kelly Almond, Georgia ♦ Georgia ACTE President; Construction Technology Teacher

Michelle Gerdes, Wisconsin ♦ Gateway Technical College Graduate; Designer of Energy Infrastructure Distribution Systems

Matt Szollosi, Ohio ♦ Executive Director of the Affiliated Construction Trades of Ohio; Former Member of the Ohio House of Representatives

Jorge Valenzuela, Virginia ♦ Instructional Specialist for Richmond Public Schools; Chair of the VA Council on Technology and Engineering Education Supervision

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