[NHDOE-ETNews] ET News: More than 1, 000 Educators Urge Congress to Support Technology Professional Development

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Mon Jul 30 09:13:59 EDT 2012


 

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ITEM:  More than 1,000 Educators Urge Congress to Support Technology
Professional Development

 

For Immediate Release Contact:

July 27, 2012 Scott Treibitz

703/626-1407

 

More than 1,000 Educators Urge Congress to Support Technology
Professional Development Petition Drive Launched Supporting Programs
Essential for Achieving Common Core Standards and Workforce Success

Washington, D.C. - The first wave of petitions calling for technology
professional development for all educators were delivered this week to
Senator Patty Murray (DWA), and Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard
(D-CA), Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and George Miller (D-CA) by the
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

 

More than one thousand educators are urging Congress to support
technology training for teachers and administrators that advances
digital learning in schools and allows students across the country
access to the latest technologies needed to help build a competitive
workforce.

Congress has eliminated funding for the Enhancing Education Through
Technology (EETT) program despite strong evidence that it resulted in
improved student performance. These improvements must be made in order
to achieve the Common Core State Standards- a set of specific guidelines
set by a consortium of states that schools must meet- already adopted in
45 states.

 

ISTE warns that without federal support, promising professional
development programs focused on technology will be shut down, making it
difficult to prepare children for 21st century careers. 

 

A 2011 FCC survey of E-Rate recipients, for example, found that 59
percent used the Internet to deliver professional development courses,
and a U.S. Department of Education Study of professional development
found a strong correlation between professional development for
educators and positive gains in student achievement.

 

"Teachers and administrators have been stepping up to the plate to
integrate technology into content-based learning," said ISTE CEO Don
Knezek. "To continue meeting these growing challenges, the federal
government must play a pivotal role in providing resources as our
nation's schools transition from print to digital learning
environments."

 

"It's critical that school technology keeps pace to provide students
with a high-quality 21st century education. And I know well that
teachers need professional development to be effective in using these
tools," said Senator Murray. "I have consistently supported funding to
provide teacher training and enhance classroom technology to ensure our
nation's students are technologically literate, and I will continue to
fight to expand education technology opportunities."

 

"The 21st century demands that our nation's schools keep up with the
world's technologies so that students are better prepared for
post-secondary education and employment, so that future generations can
maintain the U.S.'s competitive edge," said Rep. Hunter. "Teachers,
administrators, and students can all benefit from increased use of
digital learning, and I wholeheartedly support ISTE's efforts to bring
technology to schools."

 

"Technology and innovation are essential to the future of education and
our economic competitiveness," said Rep. Miller. "For the U.S. to
continue to compete in the global economy, we must take advantage of the
full range of opportunities that technology provides students and
educators in advancing education. ISTE rightly calls on policymakers to
provide the investment and leadership necessary to ensure our schools
and educators have the innovative tools needed to provide a world-class
education for all students."

 

"This kind of grassroots advocacy is critical to our mutual goal of
enhancing education technology, which I have strongly advocated for over
the years," said Rep. Roybal-Allard. "In addition to supporting
increased federal investments, I introduced the ATTAIN Act to ensure
that teachers are properly trained and schools are properly equipped
with technology. We need our students to be engaged, eager to learn, and
ultimately better prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st Century."

 

Promising professional development programs focused on technology are
already being forced to shut down. Eastern Montana's NEW SLATE
initiative, which allowed the region to hire a technology specialist and
a technology integration coach to deliver face to face, online and
blended professional development, is being forced to close due to cuts
in federal EETT funds.

 

And Nevada's Pathway Project, which developed and piloted multiple
modular online professional development courses for teachers and
administrators, has largely come to an end after expending its EETT
funding.

 

"Unless federal funds are provided to train educators in digital
learning," said Knezek. "The ones who suffer are the students.
Technology is a huge part of their lives, but our education system is
way behind in terms of implementing that technology in the classroom."

 

The ISTE petition urges Congress and the Administration "to support
professional development for teachers and administrators that advances
digital learning in schools to ensure success for all students."

 

ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education
leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and learning through
the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher
education. Home to ISTE's annual conference and exposition and the
widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals
worldwide

 

 

The Final Petition

 

We urge Congress and the Administration to support professional
development for teachers and administrators that advances digital
learning in schools to ensure success for all students. American
education is at a crossroads:

*         46 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards.

*         Parents expect high-quality 21st century schools that prepare
their children for 21st century careers.

*         School systems are responding by harnessing the power of
digital learning to personalize education.

*         Teachers and administrators are stepping up to the plate to
achieve these goals.

To meet these demands, administrators and teachers must have the skills
to effectively and seamlessly integrate digital learning into the
classroom. The 

 

Federal government must provide leadership and support as our nation's
schools transition from print to digital learning environments.

 

Currently, there is no direct federal support for technology
professional development because funding for the Enhancing Education
Though Technology program has been eliminated. With no federal support,
promising PD programs focused on technology have been forced to shut
down. For example,

*         Eastern Montana's NEW SLATE initiative, which allowed the
region to hire a regional technology specialist and a technology
integration coach to deliver face-to-face, online, and blended PD, will
be forced to close soon since EETT stimulus dollars are unavailable.

*         Nevada's Pathway Project, which developed and piloted multiple
modular online PD courses for teachers and administrators, has largely
come to an end after expending all of its EETT stimulus funding.

 

Educators recognize the need for further investment in digital learning
professional development. In a 2011 FCC survey of E-Rate recipients, 59%
of all respondents used the Internet to deliver professional development
courses. A U.S. Department of Education Study of professional
development found a correlation between 30 and 100 hours of professional
development for educators and positive gains in student achievement.

 

Technology in the classroom is about tomorrow . . . TODAY!

 

 

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