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Educational Technology Summit 2014: Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era

On September 29 in Washington D.C., the 2014 Education Technology Summit invited more than 100 leaders in education to consider the current state of digital learning in America's K-12 classrooms and focus on the need for teacher professional development.

Welcome to the 2014 Educational Technology Summit

Coalition of Education Organizations: FCC Chairman’s E-Rate Modernization Proposal Is “Critical First Step” Toward Providing All Students with Access to High-Speed Broadband

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July 7, 2014

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Washington, DC – In a joint letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel, Ajit Pai, and Michael O’Rielly, ten diverse education organizations expressed support for Chairman Wheeler’s proposal to update the federal E-rate program.

A watershed moment for technology in education

It is more than likely that many of you don’t know much, if anything, about the “E-Rate,” which is formally the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund administered under the auspices of the Federal Communications Commission. The E-Rate offers discounts for schools and libraries to get Internet access and telecommunications. This week, the FCC will vote on modernizing the E-Rate in a move that would first redirect a few billion dollars in E-Rate funds to the benefit of millions of students this year alone.

BIPARTISAN LEAD COMMISSION URGES FCC TO ACT THIS SUMMER TO MODERNIZE THE E-RATE PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES

JUNE 19, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission submitted a letter to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging meaningful, swift action to modernize and expand the E-Rate program to connect 99 percent of American students with high-speed broadband by 2018.

Over 100 Education Organizations, Technology Advocates, Businesses, and School Districts Call on FCC to Expand High-Speed Internet Access in Schools and Libraries

Consensus Letter Press Release                               CONTACT: Betsy Barrett

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                                                                                    bbarrett@gloverparkgroup.com

 

BIPARTISAN LEAD COMMISSION COMMENDS EDUCATIONSUPERHIGHWAY FOR ITS NEW REPORT ON E-RATE SPENDING AND HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS

APRIL 14, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission praised EducationSuperHighway for its recently released analysis of E-Rate spending that offers key insights for modernizing and expanding the program to provide schools and libraries with high-speed broadband in five years.

US Conference of Mayors Supports FCC Chairman's Call to Modernize E-Rate

MARCH 19, 2014 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission today praised the United States Conference of Mayors for supporting FCC Chairman Wheeler’s call to modernize E-Rate, a vital program ensuring our schools and libraries are connected to the Internet. The letter can be found here.

 

The following statement can be attributed to the LEAD Commission: 

LEAD Statement on FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Comments at Digital Learning Day

In response to today’s Digital Learning Day events, the LEAD Commission offered the following statement: “On Digital Learning Day, it’s only fitting that we can celebrate real movement in the effort to provide vital access to technology to students and schools across the country. As our recent poll shows, voters overwhelmingly support efforts like those announced this week by President Obama and the FCC to expand high-speed broadband access to 99 percent of schools within five years in order to improve education.

BIPARTISAN LEAD COMMISSION APPLAUDS FCC CHAIRMAN WHEELER FOR MOVING FORWARD WITH E-RATE MODERNIZATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission today applauded FCC Chairman Wheeler for moving forward with a proceeding to modernize E-Rate, a vital program ensuring our schools and libraries are connected to the Internet.

The following statement can be attributed to the LEAD Commission:

LEAD Commission Highlights Support for E-Rate Modernization & Cost Effective Goals in FCC Filing

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Nov. 11, 2013

CONTACT: Claire Lerner
202.741.5585
clerner@gloverparkgroup.com

 

BIPARTISAN LEAD COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS STRONG SUPPORT FOR E-RATE MODERNIZATION AND COST EFFECTIVE GOALS IN FCC FILING

With Strong Support for Revitalizing E-Rate, LEAD Commission Offers Suggestions Refocusing Program on Efficiently Connecting Schools with Ultra-Fast Broadband

 

LEAD Commission Comments Before the FCC

The LEAD Commission applauds the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) for its leadership in undertaking this critical effort to modernize the nearly 20-year old E-Rate program to reflect today’s schools and technology.  LEAD appreciates the opportunity to participate in this proceeding to ensure that our students have the best education possible and are equipped with the skills necessary to compete in today’s global economy.  One essential element is the deployment of high-speed broadband infrastructure in schools and classrooms to enable the tools of 21st century techn

Bipartisan LEAD Commission Releases Report Recommending a National Initiative to Expand Digital Learning in K-12 Education

LEAD Commission

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September 10, 2013

CONTACT: Claire Lerner

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BIPARTISAN LEAD COMMISSION RELEASES REPORT RECOMMENDING A NATIONAL INITIATIVE TO EXPAND DIGITAL LEARNING IN K-12 EDUCATION

Collaboration with Department of Education, Federal Communications Commission and More Than 300 Thought Leaders Leads to Plan Focused on High-Speed Connectivity and Devices

AP and White House Highlight Blueprint

"This week, the LEAD Commission previewed its release of a five-point blueprint outlining specific actions to accelerate the expansion of digital learning in K-12 education in the United States – all of which would be supported through the President’s ConnectED initiative.  The final report will be released in the coming weeks, and in the meantime, the LEAD Commission is calling on federal, state, local, private and charitable sectors to embrace this bold vision of cutting-edge infrastructure; digital learning devices and innovative curricula; and strategic investments in human capital."

 

Pres. Obama Announces ConnectED Initiative

President Obama is unveiling a bold, new initiative called ConnectED, which will connect 99 percent of America’s students to the internet through high-speed broadband and high-speed wireless within 5 years. The President also directed the federal government to make better use of existing funds to get Internet connectivity and educational technology into classrooms, and into the hands of teachers trained on its advantages.

Statement: LEAD Applauds ConnectED Initiative

Kids at computer

“As members of the LEAD Commission and advocates for improving the use of technology in education, we applaud President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, which will make digital learning and E-rate reform a national priority by connecting 99 percent of America’s students through high-speed broadband and wireless in five years."

--LEAD Commission: Lee Bollinger, Jim Coulter, Margaret Spellings, Jim Steyer

Leading Education by Advancing Digital” (LEAD) Commission Announced

Children working on laptops

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger; Co-Founder of TPG Capital James Coulter; Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Common Sense Media Founder and CEO James Steyer Named LEAD Commission Co-Chairs.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan Support and Will Provide Input on Effort to Advance Digital Learning.

Poll Finds Support For Use Of Technology

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The Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission, a non-governmental organization exploring the opportunity to use technology to improve education in the United States, released poll results today that found that the majority of parents and teachers of K-12 students support greater use of technology in education. In addition, the poll found that these audiences increasingly believe that school systems should be doing more to improve access to technology in education.

Here are other highlights of the poll findings: