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New Resource Designed to Build Collaboration Between District Title I and Education Technology Leaders

Washington, DC (June 6, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the National Title I Association (NASTID) today released a new toolkit to strengthen the critical relationship between District Title I and education technology leaders in improving educational equity.

Titled “Rethinking Educational Equity in a Digital Era: Forging a Strong Partnership between District Title I and Technology Leaders,” the report arrives as technology increasingly becomes an everyday part of teaching and learning and addresses the growing complexity of Title I in attaining fairness and equity in our schools.

“Education is at a critical inflection point, with digitized, mobile, online and virtual platforms speeding up and personalizing educational development like never before,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “However, as the learning experience transforms and brings exciting new opportunities, we have to ensure all students have the same chance to reach their full potential. It is critical that Title I directors and technology directors step up their dialogue around technology and learning and collaborate in new, intentional ways to maximize the student experience and close the achievement gap.”

“Title I directors are responsible for helping schools reach all of their students with a high quality education. Technology has become an essential tool to make that happen,” said Bob Harmon, NASTID CEO. “This toolkit will enable educational leaders, through connections to both Title I and CoSN, to integrate best practices using more of the tools they need to close the achievement gap.”

The toolkit provides a brief background on Title I and details the importance and meaning of educational equity in the 21st century amid the growing advances in digital capabilities. To help leaders raise their level of dialogue, the resource provides readers with key implementation factors for technology-enabled educational success, a discussion guide for planning technology integration into Title I programs, and 10 tips for building collaboration between the Title I Director and the chief technology officer (or other related district technology leader).

In addition, the resource shares compelling stories of Loudoun County Public Schools (VA), Clark County School District (NV) and Raytown Quality Schools (MO) in their successful efforts to unite the work across Title I and ed tech lines to the benefit of students.

The toolkit was developed with the support from Comcast, Kajeet and Promethean.

Click Here to access the Toolkit

EdTalk Radio: ReThinking Educational Equity in a Digital Age

CoSN's Keith Krueger with special guests: Idaho's Marcia Beckman & Meliisa Tebbenkamp, ‎Director of Instructional Technology at Raytown (MO) School District.

Marcia Beckman, the State Title I Director for Idaho and Chair of NASTID's Technology Committee, ably represented the Association on EdTalk Radio this morning (06-09-2014) as a part of the release of the CoSN-NASTID Toolkit.  The broadcast was recorded and may be accessed here.

About CoSN

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.

About Title I Association 

The National Title I Association (http://www.titlei.org/) is dedicated to improving and implementing the Title I program so that more children reach their academic potential. The Association provides educational leaders at the state and local levels with the opportunity to work together to share ideas on effective and innovative programs, identify problems and solutions, and represent the needs of Title I families. Title I is a federally funded program designed to provide school districts (with large numbers of low income families) with resources to reach their low-performing students.