Getting the Most From Federal Opportunities to Ensure Digital Readiness for All

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Listen and learn : Panel

Aaron Dworkin  
Dustin Loehr  
Evo Popoff  
Chris Rush  
Ji Soo Song  
Ally Talcott  

Hear from an expert panel on how federal opportunities (including COVID-19 education stimulus dollars) can support effective and innovative technology use for learning now and beyond the pandemic, especially in addressing issues like accelerating learning, social-emotional learning, and teacher capacity for digital learning.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers, Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Educational policy
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

With unprecedented federal education funding levels available now, and potentially more in the future, what priority areas should education leaders consider to ensure digital readiness for all?


Welcome and panel introductions

Overview of current and potentially upcoming federal programs to support effective use of technology

Recommendations for participants to discuss with stakeholders to:
1. Reinforce teacher capacity for effective digital learning
2. Take advantage of accelerated learning to narrow equity gaps
3. Strategically integrate social-emotional learning as students return to the classroom

Q&A fielded by panelists

Closing: Policy items to watch for in the coming months aligned to session topics

Supporting research

From Crisis Management to Sustained Change: States Leading the Future of Learning With the ISTE Standards (

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Aaron Dworkin, National Summer Learning Association
Dustin Loehr, Arizona Department of Education
Evo Popoff, Whiteboard Advisors
Chris Rush, US Department of Education
Ji Soo Song, ISTE

Ji Soo Song is an advocate committed to promoting educational equity. As the senior policy and advocacy associate at ISTE, he leads the research, analysis, and communication of federal, state, and local policy issues related to digital learning standards, educator credentialing systems, and professional development funding streams. Ji Soo also serves as a member of the Title IV-A Coalition's Board of Directors. Prior to ISTE, Ji Soo served as a City Year AmeriCorps Member in the District of Columbia and a fellow at the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology.

Ally Talcott, Step Up Advocacy

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