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Accelerating Digital Equity and Transformation in Teacher Preparation Programs

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Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Liberty Ballroom

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Presenters

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Digital Equity Impact Fellow
U.S. Department of Education
@MrChase
Zac Chase is the Digital Equity Impact Fellow in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. His primary role in OET is to lead the development of the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan. He also represents the office in their work with educator preparation programs and digital health, safety, and citizenship. He has worked at the classroom, school, and state levels in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Colorado and previously served as a White House ConnectED Fellow in OET during the Obama administration.
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Associate Dean, School of Arts and Sciences
University of Maryland Global Campus
@randhansen
Rand Hansen, Ed.D., is the associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maryland Global Campus and past-president of the ISTE Board of Directors. He began his career as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher and a district technology coordinator for a large urban school district in Maryland. He has also worked at Discovery Education, Johns Hopkins University and National Louis University.
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Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology
Office of Ed Tech, US Dept of Ed
@kmishmael
@kmishmael
Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, advocate, and agent of change. As the leader of the Office of Ed Tech, Ishmael executes the office mission of developing national edtech policy that enables everywhere, all-the-time learning and supports digital equity and opportunity.
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Senior Director, ISTE Standards
ISTE Certified Educator
Carolyn Sykora, senior director of ISTE Standards programs, has more than 20 years of experience in education leadership and program management for nonprofits. She promotes the implementation of the ISTE Standards in K-12 and in teacher preparation programs. including through the development of the ISTE Certification for Educators. Carolyn specializes in project and program leadership for resources, products and services that serve school and district leaders, technology coaches, classroom teachers and higher education faculty.

Session description

Pioneering Education Preparation Program (EPP) innovators from around the country came together at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., to sign the EPP Pledge for Digital Equity and Transformation. Last fall, the Office of Educational Technology conducted a survey of EPPs preparation to meet the digital pledge. More than 60 schools have signed the pledge and joined a network of innovative programs helping new teachers gain the digital skills needed to support learning in today’s classrooms. Join us for this interactive forum to learn more about the pledge, network and resources and pathways to support programs transforming educator preparation.

Purpose & objective

Pioneering Education Preparation Program (EPP) innovators from around the country came together at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., to sign the EPP Pledge for Digital Equity and Transformation. Nearly 80 EPPs have signed the pledge and joined a dynamic network of programs and leaders preparing a new generation of teachers for success in today’s classrooms. Join this interactive forum to learn more about the pledge, network with other leaders, and pathways to support programs transforming educator preparation.

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Outline

Introduction to the EPP pledge: Why the pledge is vital now and how it has mobilized a national conversation led by the U.S. Department of Education, ISTE, national EPP associations and EPPs to engage leaders to make systemic change in how we prepare future teachers.

Breakout activities that inform takeaways to guide your EPP:
1) Self-evaluation of EPP progress towards meeting the pledge

2) Rotation 1: Identify problems of practice and curate questions about strategy, resources, support needed to solve problems of practice

3) Rotation 2: Discuss solution pathways for problems of practice and setting goal commitments for making progress by next school year

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Supporting research

https://tech.ed.gov/higherednetp/

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Session specifications

Topic:
Innovation in higher education
Grade level:
Community college/university
Skill level:
Intermediate
Audience:
Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.