Policy Issues

Engaging Without Restrictions

Restrictive approaches to social media in the classroom are hurting K-12 districts that expect their teachers to successfully guide students into the new media world. According to Steven Anderson, director of instructional technology at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, "best practices and guidelines have to allow kids to both explore and make mistakes."

A Systemic Approach to Digital Learning Initiatives

Digital learning expert Sara Hall discusses what districts can do to implement successful digital learning strategies as they prepare for new curriculum and assessment standards, including Common Core.

Common Core: 7 Recommendations for Effective Implementation

Conflicting reform efforts, poor communications, and "initiative fatigue" are among the factors presenting challenges to Common Core State Standards implementation. In order to overcome these potential barriers, states, districts, and schools need to take new approaches to professional development, technology adoption, and reform efforts, according to a new report released Thursday by ASCD.

5 States Pursue Second Round of Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge

According to the United States Department of Education, all five eligible states have stepped forward to participate in the second round of applications for the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge, which provides funding for reforms in state early learning programs.

Florida Board of Education Pushes for Elimination of State-Mandated Textbooks

With the proposed change, districts, principals, and teachers would be free to use their own professional judgement in the selection of educational materials, as long as they can demonstrate that students are learning what is required by state standards.

SETDA Launches Online Ed Tech Policy Center

The State Educational Technology Directors Association has launched an online database, the State Education Policy Center, to provide information on technology-related policies.

New Congressional Caucus Focuses on 21st Century Skills Education

Congress has created a new caucus for the purpose of keeping policymakers up to date on the importance of 21st century skills education as students prepare for college and their future careers.

Sequestration: A Mighty Sword

Inaction by Congress and the impending sequestration could have a devastating impact on educational technology funding.

SETDA Updates Strategic Plan, Develops 6 Priorities

Following a year-long process of reviewing the non-profit organization's initiatives, the State Educational Technology Directors Association has released a plan for 2013 to 2016 that includes a new mission statement and vision.

Florida Department of Education Proposes $441.7 Million in New Technology Funding

The Florida Department of Education has made a budget request for more than $440 million in 2013 to pay for computers, broadband connections, and other high tech equipment to ensure the state's public schools are sufficiently equipped for digital learning.