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December 14, 2017

From the Board Chair|Federal Bulletin| State News|Events|Strategic Initiativesand Action Items|Member ProfessionalLearning|Other News and Resources| Friends and Family|SETDA Around Town|For Your Calendar

From the Board Chair
Hello from Idaho!

As we near the close of the calendar year, time we spend with our professional responsibilities shrinks a little to make room for the time we spend with family and friends during the holiday season. This is a good time to recharge the batteries to help with our focus and commitment we make to our stakeholders in our state. This is also a good time to gather with friends to watch your favorite college football bowl games while indulging in a little too much food. The time we spend away from our work is important for us to remain diligent with our goals for the next year. I relish the time because it gives me a chance to “let go” of my responsibilities, reflect on what I have accomplished, and set new goals for the upcoming year. I appreciate the relationships I have made within the SETDA family and I sincerely hope each and every person has a safe, healthy, and enjoyable time during your holiday season.

Thank you ~ Todd Lawrence, Idaho

Federal Bulletin

  • On Thursday, December 14 FCC voted3-2to end the Net Neutrality rules. SETDA continues to advocate for protecting high quality access for schools as noted in
  • The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee rescheduled votes on the nominations of: Kenneth Marcus to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Department of Education; Johnny Collett to serve as Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education; Scott Mugno to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Department of Labor; and William Beach, Ph.D., to serve as Commissioner of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor
  • The Senate HELP Committee announced that Bob Moran will serve as the Education Policy Director for Sen. Lamar Alexander. Moran previously served in the position of Deputy Policy Director for Education within the committee.
  • Missouri State Education Board voted (5-3) to fire Margie Vandeven who was serving as the Missouri Education Commissioner. The Board appointed Deputy Commissioner Roger Dorson to serve as interim Commissioner.

U.S. Department of Education News:

State News
Utah School Connectivity/Broadband Stats
Rick Gaisford (UT) has shared
data about Utah's connectivity viaUtah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN).

SETDA Housing Block & Registration Open for ET Leadership Forum 2018 in Chicago

State leaders, affiliates and guests are invited to register and attend
SETDA’s 2018 Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum& Annual Business Meeting at theHyatt Regency Chicago. The ET Leadership Forum provides a vibrant venue for educational leaders, including state leaders in educational technology, assessment, instructional materials, broadband, online learning, personalized learning and professional development to share innovative practices and engage in meaningful dialogue about important ideas and issues in digital learning with the private sector. SETDA has worked to adapt the structure and timing of theevent schedule & activitiesto increase participant engagement, maximize time spent together talking about content, and help our partners leverage the focus group experience to better coincide with important strategic initiatives, new product launches, etc. We have also divided thespeed meeting sessionsand added an Edcamp Style session. These activitiesare designed to help our state members build leadership capacity through awareness of new technology and to strengthen the professional network of leaders across the country.

Location: Hotel and Travel Logistics
SETDA Hotel Room Block Details: To reserve your room with SETDA's special room rate, please visit
SETDA's Housing Blockpage.The rate is $245 per night and the deadline is January 31, 2018.

  • Travel Reimbursement: Each SETDA state memberin good standing has $1250 available for travel reimbursement for this event.($1250 travel reimbursement is for state members only, not Affiliates. SETDA statemembership dues includes a travel stipend.)
  • Scholarships: SETDA does have a limited number of travel scholarships available if a state is interested in bringing additional attendees. Contact Tera Daniels with requests.

Hyatt Regency Chicago
SETDA Room Block
151 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601-3764
Tel: +1 312 565 1234

*Once you have made your reservations, if you would like your hotel room and tax covered by the SETDA master account as part of your reimbursement please email
Tera Daniels.

EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018
Please plan to join SETDA, CoSN, ISTE andeducation leaders from around the country in Washington, D.C.,March 14 and 15, 2018 to educate policymakers about the critical role of technology in transforming education at the
EdTech Advocacy and Policy Summit 2018. You can register here.

Save the Date for SETDA's 2018 Leadership Summit

Plan to join us for SETDA's Leadership Summit 2018November 4-7, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia

Strategic Initiatives and Action Items
More on State Procurement Case Studies
SETDA's new resource,
State Procurement Case Studies: Spotlight on Digital Materials Acquisition, continues to receive media coverage. Developed in collaboration with state and district digital learning leaders, instructional materials directors, procurement offices and academic officers, this publication highlights state level procurement case studies that share how states have effectively established and implemented policies for the procurement of high quality instructional materials and devices.

Have You Reviewed State Wi-Fi Leadership for Fostering Digital Learning Ready K–12 Schools?
SETDA and ENA recently launched the
State Leadership for K12 Wi-Fi Implementation: Extending the Broadband Imperative II. This paper explores the steps states are taking to address the wireless equity gaps that exist among their schools. You may view the press release here, and you can review the webinar archive here. We do hope that you take some time to review the resource and also share this work with your colleagues. Be sure to help spread the word via social media. Here is a sample Tweet: New .@SETDA Resource:State Leadership for Wi-Fi Implementation@SETDA@ENAconnects

Member Professional Learning
Review theseAccessibility Resources
SETDA's latest collaborations with the
AEM Centeron November 14 and December 12 have been highly interactive and informative. Please take a few moments to review thewebinar archivesand resources forInclusive PDFs by Designand Website Accessibility.Thank you to the AEM Center for this fruitful partnership.

Webinar Resources: Students Collaborate with Digital Tools to Support Bee Populations
If you missed the webinar withSETDA’s 2017 Student Voices Award Winner,Mountain Heights Academyon December 13, you can review the recording and other resources

Other News and Resources
Show Me the Data 2017
Data Quality Campaign has compiled analysis of all the information publicly available for school report cards in all 50 states and DC. Read more about this and download the data here.

Digital Learning Day: February 22, 2018
Digital Learning Day's website for many resources and ways to share this event with your schools and districts, including images, sample tweets and an interactive map. #DLDay

Make Sure You Speak Up

Speak Up surveys will stay open through January, 2018.All the promotional materials (flyers, emails, FAQs, etc.) have been updated and are ready for you to modify and share in your school/district. You can review and download the Speak Up 2017 promotional materials
here. Here are a few sample Tweets with which you can share this initiative:

Strategic Partner News

News from Microsoft
Microsoft's Airband Team launched their annual call for grants on December 12, 2017. A few links to help spread the word:

  1. A link to ​Microsoft's​website to apply. Applications are open untilJan 31. You can read more about how to apply, who ​gets​fund​ed​, and the expected outcomes on the grant fund page.
  2. A link to ​a ​tweet (in case you would like to share)
  3. A link to a Microsoft blog post to read more:

Online & Blended Learning Conference
VT conference coordinators are lookingfor LMS Providers to join the Northeast Online Teaching Institute and the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative for theOnline & Blended Learning Conference in Stowe, VT on March 16, 2018.The goal of this conference is to provide insight into the future of learning and to inspire those in education to learn more about online and blended classrooms. This special invitation is for LMS Providers to meet representatives from schools throughout Vermont for roundtable presentations in an “elevator pitch” format. Then, follow-up conversations at your vendortable in our sponsor area. For questions, call
(802) 885-8331.

IES Announces its FY 2018 SBIR Phase I Program Solicitation
TheSmall Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programat the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, provides funding to firms (small businesses) and their partners for the research, development, and evaluation of commercially viable education technology products.On December 11, 2017, the program released its Fiscal Year 2018 “Phase I” solicitation(# 91990018R0006). IES is accepting Phase I proposals for awards of up to $200,000 and 8 months for the development of prototypes of education technology products to improve relevant student, teacher, or administrator outcomes in education and special education settings.To access the Phase I solicitation on the FedBizOpps website,
click here.Submission deadline for all Phase I proposals:January 25, 2018, at 2 p.m.Eastern Standard Time.For more information about the Institute’s SBIR program, visit theprogram website.

A Chance to Support SETDA's Newest Work on State Leadership for Equitable Broadband
SETDA is undertaking a new project this winter – a fresh look at the 2016 report related tostate leadership in support of equitable broadband in K12 education.This is a very important and timely topic, and we are asking for support from the private sector to help us publish and promote this work in the spring of 2018. The goal of this new paper is to build upon the 2016 paper, revisit the recommendations and to add details about state leadership for wi-fi implementation for all 50 states. In addition, the report will include at least four state case studies that will provide detailed comparisons of costs and services related to statewide network implementation.SETDA staff’s staff will coordinate a steering committee of
state membersandaffiliates. In addition, SETDA’s current annualPrivate Sector Partnershave the opportunity to have a representative participate in the discussions. Steering committee members will be recognized in the paper.

Right now, SETDA is seeking sponsors to support this work, through sponsorship of the paper/report, the release of the report, hill briefing and live streaming of the event, and webinar series as described below. Sponsors will have the opportunity to have two participants participate in the work, and also receive additional benefits.If you are interested, and to learn more, please contact Christine Foxcfox@setda.orgor Missy Greenemgreene@setda.orgby December 10, 2017.


Event Sponsorships Available

Event Sponsorships are available now for SETDA's 2018 events: Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum, June 22 - 24, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois and the Leadership Summit, November 4-7, 2018 in Arlington, VA.SETDA's annual partners receive a substantial discount on event sponsorship pricing.Learn more by contacting Missy Greene

Friends and Family
Congratulations to SETDA's Missy Greene! Her daughter Hannah was recently married. The newly married Mr. and Mrs. Luiz pictured below.

Guam's Neil Rochelleparticipated in a
public service radio show to promote the Speak Up survey (click through to listen to audio file).

SETDA Around Town
Around Town
On December 5, SETDA held the first State Leadership Interoperability Summit in Austin, TX for nine state teams. This project was done in partnership with the Ed-Fi Alliance and with the support of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation.

Tracy Weeks attended a board meeting for the National Coalition of Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) in Washington, DC on December 12.

In the News
Tracy Weeks' input about potential side effects of a Net Neutrality loss are included in this EdWeek Market Brief article, "
Without Net Neutrality, How Would Internet Companies Treat K-12 Districts?"

Did you know that all the interviews with SETDA leaders and members can be found with
one click? Here are a few recent highlights:

For Your Calendars

  • Public Webinar:Featuring SETDA Platinum Partner Esri- January 24at 4pm ET
    • Details to come


  • How is Your State Tackling Micro-Credentials? - December 15 at 2:30 pm ET
    • iPhone one-tap :16465588656,,949154418#or +16699006833,,949154418# Or Telephone: 1 646 558 8656or +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 949 154 418
  • Wi-Fi State Leadership January 12, 2018 at 1pm ET - Details to Follow

Committee Meetings(State Members and Affiliates Only)

  • Professional Learning Committee: January 10 at 4pm ET
  • Strategic Partnership Committee: January 3 at 3pm ET



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