The Connected Educator Month (CEM) initiative networks educators and education stakeholders through connected professional learning experiences worldwide. Over the past four years, millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development and other educational opportunities, offering highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to all stakeholders at all levels.
Led by the American Institutes for Research, CEM 2016 seeks to create a more fully globally connected, evidence-based movement that fosters collaboration and innovation to transform professional learning and effect educational change. Our key goals in service of this vision include:
- Expanding the reach of CEM by growing a global coalition of education stakeholder groups and partners
- Documenting and communicating the measurable impact of CEM and connected education
- Acquiring sufficient resources to achieve year-round sustainability
- Influencing the way professional learning takes place in and out of schools
- Fostering collaboration and innovation within and between education stakeholder groups and partners
About the Initiative
￼Connected Educator Month in 2012 and 2013 was convened by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and its partners in the Connected Educators project (2010-2014), on behalf of the Office of Educational Technology of the United States Department of Education. In 2014 and 2015, leadership was continued by AIR and its partners, Powerful Learning Practice, and Grunwald Associates LLC, with permission from the Office of Educational Technology. For more information on CEM’s past and current connections to the Office of Educational Technology, check out the materials developed under that project for CEM 2012 and 2013 on OET’s website, 2014 welcome videos from Office of Educational Technology Director Richard Culatta and Digital Engagement Strategist Sara Trettin, and this post and video by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (who hosted his first Twitter chat as part of the 2013 celebration) which were created under the prior project.