Administration’s New National Education Technology Plan Provides Critical Focus on School Leadership and Digital Equity

Washington, DC
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Washington, D.C. (December 10, 2015) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today commended the Administration’s 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP).

The visionary plan shows how technology is transforming the learning experience and identifies steps that communities can take to further support teaching and learning through digital resources. 

“There are two important components of enabling continuous learning for all students: Building human capacity and addressing digital equity and accessibility. The new National Education Technology Plan is focused on both. The stronger the national commitment, the sooner school systems will have the know-how and infrastructure needed to reach once unimaginable heights through an e-learning culture,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO.

As detailed in the NETP, school leaders revealed in CoSN’s 3rd Annual Infrastructure Survey that affordability and digital equity are among the significant challenges they face. Nearly 90 percent of school system leaders deemed cost as the biggest barrier for families who do not have Internet access at home, and three out of four school systems do not have any off-campus strategies for connecting students at home and after school.

“While school systems are reaping the positive effects of digital learning, far too many are unable to support robust, ‘always-on’ networks. Policymakers, through E-Rate and other funding, should further invest in strengthening school system infrastructure and helping to connect students outside of school doors,” said Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer for Calcasieu Parish Public Schools in Louisiana and CoSN Policy Chair.

“The job of making this vision document more than a vision is dependent on leaders in districts taking action. CoSN stands ready to support those education leaders that are prepared to take a ‘digital leap,’” said Mike Jamerson, Director of Technology for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana and CoSN National Chair. 

CoSN has many resources, including the SEND (Smart Education Networks by Design) initiative, to help education technology leaders at www.cosn.org.

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