Registration Open for 2013 Washington Ed Tech Policy Summit, April 10-11

Co-Hosted by CoSN, ISTE and SETDA, Event to Feature Discussions with Policymakers and Ed Tech Leaders on Current and Future Policy Issues
Washington, DC
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Washington, DC (January 31, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), in conjunction with the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Ed Tech Government Forum, today announced that registration is open for the 2013 Washington Education Technology Policy Summit, which will be held April 10-11 at the Four Points by Sheraton and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Summit will feature a host of bipartisan speakers, presentations and panels that focus on policy trends under consideration in Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission, as well as how these policy trends will affect schools, districts and state education systems across the country.

According to the event’s organizers: “The Summit will present education and technology leaders with an opportunity to hold in-person discussions with key policymakers on the critical issue of advancing student learning. By providing this opportunity, the Summit will enable attendees to advance the conversation about the important role of technology in K-12 school reform and improvement.”

The two-day event will focus on a number of key policy issues, including:

  • Finalizing the FY13 funding levels for education;
  • Passing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, including the reestablishment of a separate ed tech program;
  • Addressing national readiness for online Common Core state assessments; and
  • Raising the E-Rate funding cap.

In addition, participants will be able to meet face-to-face with U.S. Representatives and Senators through scheduled Congressional visits.

Held annually, the Washington Ed Tech Policy Summit is presented by CoSN, ISTE and SETDA in conjunction with the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Ed Tech Government Forum (www.siia.net/etgf).

To register or to learn more on this year’s Summit, including pricing rates, hotel accommodations and event contact information, please visit: www.iste.org/edtechsummit. SIIA members attending the SIIA Ed Tech Government Forum should register for the combined events at www.siia.net/etgf.

About CoSN, ISTE, SETDA, SIIA

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, the ISTE leadership conference, and the widely-adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide. http://www.iste.org.

State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), founded in 2001, is the national non-profit association representing the interests of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA’s mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit www.setda.org.

Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to over 700 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

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