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Support Preparation of Teachers for Digital Learners

If you live in the U.S. I will appreciate deeply you respond to this call to action. Hilary Goldman (ISTE Director of Government Affairs) writes in an email dated 07/15/2008 and originally spread out by M. Guhlin. What is the Preparing Teachers for the Digital Age Program? This program would revamp the existing Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to use Technology. The updated program will provide consortia with two options to address the preparation of our nation’s teachers: a) Develop long-term partnerships focused on effective teaching with modern digital tools and content that substantially connect pre-service preparation of teacher candidates with high-needs schools; or, b) Transform the way schools of education teach classroom technology integration to teacher candidates.

Below is the text of Goldman's e-mail:

I just learned from Senate staff that no decision has been made yet about the Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners program inclusion in the final higher education reauthorization bill, and that the program is still in the mix of conversations. NOW is the time to voice your support for this program. You can send a letter of support through the URL below, or call your Senators offices directly, you can find the telephone number on www.senate.gov and ask to speak to the legislative aide who handles education issues.

Action: Contact your U.S. Senators and Representative to request that the “Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners” program be included in the final Higher Education Act Reauthorization bill. Use this URL to send a letter to your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative: http://capwiz.com/edtech/issues/alert/?alertid=11056961&type=CO

This URL will bring you to a prepared letter that can be edited to personalize with your comments as well as an area to type your name and address. Make sure to authenticate and click send.

Background: Many of you may already be aware that the “Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners” program that the ISTE SIGTE developed for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act has been included in the House bill as Title II-B of H.R. 4137, The College Opportunity and Affordability Act of 2007.” The program is not included in the Senate bill. House and Senate negotiators are meeting to work out the differences between the two chambers’ passed bills. Members of Congress must hear support for this program from their constituents if the program is to be included in the final bill.

For more information about the Preparing Teachers for Digital Age Learners program and a copy of the legislation please go to: http://www.iste.org/Advocacy/Feb08-support

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Hilary Goldmann at hgoldmann@iste.org or 202 861-7777.

Hilary Goldmann
Director of Government Affairs
International Society for Technology in Education
1710 Rhode Island Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
202.861.7777 x-119 fax: 202.861.0888
Membership Services: 1.800.336.5191

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