Advocating for Educational Technology
VSTE Statement Opposing HB 8, Virginia Virtual School, February 16, 2016
VSTE Statement on Net Neutrality, May 2014
VSTE Supports Blueprint for the Future of Public Education, November 2011
The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) serves as an advocate for educational technology. While our members come from many different areas of the educational spectrum, they share a belief that technology has the power to transform teaching and learning. They also believe that technological literacy is an essential part of the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century. If the United States wants to maintain its position as a global leader, our students must be able to use technology effectively.
We want to let policy makers know of the importance of educational technology. We want to let them know what they can do to support effective technology use. Our goal is to bring the voices of Virginia’s educators to those policy makers, using their stories to show the powerful ways that we can improve teaching and learning through the systemic use of technology.
As an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, VSTE is able to advocate at the federal level as well. ISTE's Advocacy Platform includes positions on a variety of issues such as adult education, broadband, the maker movement, and privacy and security. You can join the ISTE Advocacy Network to keep up to date on legislation and activities that may affect both Virginia and your school division.
We have developed several white papers related to educational technology designed to guide educators:
- Innovation and Technology in Education
- Web 2.0 in Education
- Funding Professional Development
- Funding Standards of Quality
Advocacy News Updates
From the ISTE Advocacy Network: On March 16, 2017, The White House released the President’s proposed “Skinny Budget” for FY18, a streamlined blueprint for next year’s budget that does not contain much detail about specific changes. What is clear from this Skinny Budget is that the President is attempting to make good on his previously announced … Continue reading Federal Budget Threatens to Starve Education
The Board of Directors of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education has issued a statement regarding the nomination of Secretary of Education. The statement includes the Board’s beliefs regarding the essential qualifications of any Secretary of Education. Position Statement Regarding the Nomination of Secretary of Education Virginia Society for Technology in Education Board of … Continue reading Position Statement Regarding the Nomination of Secretary of Education
Members of the VSTE Board of Directors will be taking time to periodically share their ideas and passions with the VSTE membership. In this edition, Board Chair Keith Reeves challenges us to become advocates for quality public education, especially in the area of virtual education. Happy New Year to each and every one of you, … Continue reading Gear Up for Advocacy
The US Department of Education is requesting YOUR input on educational needs in your region! The survey requests feedback on the most pressing educational issues and how the Department of Education’s Comprehensive Centers can provide assistance to address those issues. The Department of Education would appreciate feedback from anyone who has an interest in the … Continue reading US Department of Education Needs Your Input By August 18
State Senator Amanda Chase has suggested that school librarians in Chesterfield County should be dismissed for making certain book recommendations as part of summer reading lists. EveryLibrary, a school library advocacy group, has initiated a petition that will be sent to both Senator Chase and the Chesterfield County School Board asking them to reconsider their … Continue reading Support School Librarians: End School Censorship
The House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved $1 billion of funding in fiscal year 2017 for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Program (SSAEG), Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Brian Lewis, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) commented positively on the … Continue reading House Committee Approves $1 Billion of Funding
Dr. Karen Richardson, VSTE Executive Director, was part of a press event on Capitol Hill, May 18, 2016, asking Congress to fully fund Title IV, Part A, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program, which includes the initiative’s critically important education technology provisions. We are urging VSTE members to contact Congress to ask them to … Continue reading VSTE Advocates for Fully Funding Title IV, Part A
Vincent Scheivert, Chief Information Officer, Albemarle County Public Schools (VA) will be a panelist for the upcoming webinar Digital Strategies for Achieving Digital Equity conducted by The Alliance for Excellent Education and Consortium for School Networking. Registration is required for this free webinar which will be held May 6, 2016, from 11:00 to 11:30 AM. This … Continue reading Webinar Event: District Strategies for Achieving Digital Equity
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET ISTE’s legislative counsel, Jon Bernstein, will provide an interactive introduction to help you understand what ESSA has in store for educators. The webinar will include: • An explanation of ESSA’s new framework, including implementation milestones • A deep dive into SSAEG and how it may benefit ISTE members • A … Continue reading ISTE’s ESSA Primer: Meet the New Law, Not Like the Old Law
On April 15th, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) announced that the FY2016 E-Rate application filing window will be extended to allow applicants more time to submit their applications. This move followed letters from a number of parties, including one signed by VSTE’s parent organization, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), seeking an … Continue reading E-Rate Application Filing Window Extended