Monumental Impact! Advocacy Dinner & Auction will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, on Historic Michigan Avenue, Overlooking Grant Park
Buses depart across from main lobby at 5:30 pm.
CoSN works at the federal level for education technology policy formation and implementation. We are involved in the discussions that impact school systems and districts, and the students they serve. We address key education issues including: increasing funding and improved administration of the E-Rate program; making the case for investment in education technology; and monitoring privacy legislation. We are proud of what we have achieved this past year through our advocacy efforts at the federal level:
- Broadband Infrastructure. Led successful effort to increase by 60% ($1.5 billion annual) a modernized E-rate to provide broadband and robust WiFi to classrooms. Our data was cited over 60 times by the Federal Communications Commission in the final Order.
- Privacy Leadership. Reframed the debate on student data from privacy to trust. Provided a robust privacy toolkit to help districts and developed a new, voluntary Trusted Learning Environment for school systems based on 25 practices around safe use of data.
- Funding for Professional Development. Secured language in the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that authorizes $1.5 billion for education technology professional development. CoSN is now working on securing appropriations to fund this program at the highest level possible.
Looking ahead CoSN will be working to get our message across to the new President, Administration and Congress.
We are also expanding our advocacy efforts to the state level. We need to be part of the education technology discussions in the states, helping to inform the debate on key issues and providing our members with tools to be effective advocates. As a company working in the K12 education market, we know that you will realize the importance of this new direction.
To accomplish our ambitious federal and state goals, we need your help now. We urge you to consider supporting this effort and helping CoSN provide a strong voice to educate policymakers on the value of investing in technology to transform learning.