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National Day of Action for Education

Join CoSN, ISTE, and SETDA on May 11, 2017, for a national Day of Action to advocate for the policies that could significantly impact educators, their schools and the students they serve.

What You Can Do on May 11th

On May 11th, we ask that you please join educators and advocates all across the nation by taking one (or all) of the following extremely critical actions:

1. Send a prewritten letter to Congress

Use our easy advocacy tool to send this pre-written letter to Congress about the effectiveness of E-Rate and the Title IV, A block grant, which houses the ed tech provisions in ESSA.

2. Tweet #ERateWorks, #MoreTitleIV, #Act4EdTech

Here are some sample tweets you can use:

  • Millions of students are connected to the internet at school because #ErateWorks @AjitPaiFCC
  • Personalized and digital learning is possible in schools because #ErateWorks to provide broadband in classrooms @AjitPaiFCC
  • Give schools the funding to provide Students with a well-rounded education @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV
  • Every school benefits from #edtech funding @[Congressperson] #Act4EdTech #MoreTitleIV

3. Call your members in Congress!

Unsure who your Representative is? – Visit the Find Your Representative tool. Unsure what to say? - Here is a script you can use when speaking to staff member of the office.

  • I am a [insert title and organizational affiliation] and I am calling to urge Senator/Representative [insert name here] to support full funding of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Congress authorized Title IV Part A of ESSA at $1.65 Billion to ensure that each school district received funds to support access to a well-rounded education, improve student’s physical and mental health and improve conditions for learning, and to increase the effective use of technology. Unfortunately, the current appropriation bill falls far short of full funding.
  • There is a wealth of evidence that supports the needs for students to have access to a diverse academic curriculum that includes science, arts, foreign language and civic education; programs that support students physical, mental, and behavioral health, and the improve school safety; and modern, classroom based technology. All of these areas are critical to ensure all students graduate from high school ready to enter.
  • ESSA consolidated most of the programs that support student health and safety, well rounded academics and education technology into this new flexible block grant.  Without a significant investment in Title IV Part A, districts will be faced with the unnecessarily difficult decision of choosing which area to invest in. Full funding of Title IV Part A will ensure that each district is provided funds to invest in each of these critical areas.
  • I urge Senator/Representative [insert name] to support the full funding if Title IV Part A.

We hope you can join us on May 11th to support edtech policies!

Webinar Event: District Strategies for Achieving Digital Equity

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 will be the first in a series of webinars exploring digital equity and broadband access.

Vince will be joined by Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, Consortium for School Networking, and Kamila Thigpen, Manager of Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy, Alliance for Excellent Education.

CoSN released its “Digital Equity Action Toolkit” on the 2016 Digital Learning Day. This webinar will provide an overview of resources available in the Toolkit to help education leaders address digital equity in broadband access. It will also include a discussion about emerging strategies that districts are using to overcome disparate levels of access within their communities.

Participants are welcome to submit questions to the panelists to be addressed during the webinar.

Learn more and register now. 


Free CoSN Webinar: Trusted Learning Environment (TLE)

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Developed through the collaborative insight and work of national educational leadership organizations and school systems nationwide, the Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal embodies the commitment of school leadership to safeguard the digital privacy of student data.

This webinar will provide further insights into this new initiative and will allow the opportunity to gain a more in-depth understanding of what the seal will mean from school systems.

This webinar will be FREE for both CoSN members and nonmembers.
  • Bob Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Dallas ISD (TX) and project director for CoSN's Trusted Learning Environment Seal initiative
  • Linnette Attai, President, PlayWell, LLC and CoSN Project Director, Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative
  • Jim Siegl, Technology Architect, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)

Register Now

Advance Your Career


VSTE is the Virginia chapter of CoSN because we wish to reach out to educational technology leaders and school division leadership. CoSN offers the kind of in depth resources that support the work of leaders making tough decisions around technology.

CoSN believes in and delivers professional advancement tools, resources and courses to technology leaders nationwide. Once your district is a member, your entire technology leadership team gets the benefits. To see more of CoSN's work, email [email protected] to receive your free copy of CoSN’s exclusive members-only EdTechNextReport.

Then...consider joining CoSN to see more!

If you join by the end of January, CoSN will give you 6 months free. Email [email protected] with promo code 6monthsfree. This is a $200 savings and will expire January 31, 2016.

Thanks to hard work by CoSN members and the CoSN Advocacy Network, the new ESSA law includes a strong program designed to invest in school districts’ education technology infrastructure and professional development. Ed tech represents one of three priority areas supported by the new $1.6 billion Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program. In addition, the ESSA enables districts to invest the law's other professional development resources into educators, principals, and other school leaders’ capacities to more effectively use and protect student data. The law also directs the U.S. Department of Education's research arm to study students’ home broadband needs and obstacles and produce a report to Congress by mid-2017.

Click here and discover how CoSN is solving key challenges for technology leaders today.

CoSN is also working with key education technology leaders to form a North Carolina CoSN State Chapter. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, email me at[email protected].

What you get:

  • Unlimited access to entire district staff that will all receive member benefits
  • Free 6-part live webinar series, and free access to past webinar archives
  • Free and discounted CoSN events (including CTO Clinics, Forums, and the CoSN Annual Conference)
  • Discounted Certification prep and exam materials, and opportunity to act as a proctor
  • Discounted and free CoSN resources- toolkits, ed tech next reports

If you join by the end of January, CoSN will give you 6 months free. Email [email protected] with promo code 6monthsfree. This is a $200 savings and will expire January 31, 2016.