ISTE Leadership for Change

ISTE is leading the 2014 Connected Educator Month theme of Leadership for Change

Leading in times of change can be challenging, but also filled with exciting new opportunities. Over the course of the month, we’ll hear from education leaders, industry advocates and policy makers on strategies for navigating change as we all learn together in an increasingly connected world. We invite your thoughts on what it means to be a connected leader. Why is it important to connect to other leaders? How is connected leadership impacting student achievement? And, what are the best basic steps leaders can take today to become more connected? We invite all leaders-administrative, teacher leaders, curriculum coaches, tech coaches, school and district-based, to join the conversation.

As the creator and steward of the definitive education technology standards, ISTE’s mission is to empower learners to flourish in a connected world by cultivating a passionate professional learning community, linking educators and partners, leveraging knowledge and expertise, advocating for strategic policies, and continually improving learning and teaching.

You can view the entire list of events around Leadership for Change on the Connected Educator Month calendar or check out the featured events and resources below.

Win a trip to ISTE 2015

Win a trip to ISTE 2015ISTE has jumped into support Connected Educator Month’s crowdfunding effort in a big way, offering a terrific grand prize to everyone donating or raising money for the cause. For every $50 you raise or donate, you’ll be entered for a chance to win full registration to ISTE’s 2015 annual conference, an ISTE membership, three nights of hotel accommodations for the event, and round-trip airfare to the event from anywhere in the continental US! Go here for more details about the campaign or go here for a direct link to the campaign–you’ll be automatically entered into all running contests–and there will be many–as soon as you donate or raise money!

Ongoing Events

Book Clubs

The Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity for you to read books about or related to connected learning or online communities, then discuss them with your peers and the author. Discussions happen through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog and through other scheduled activities such as Twitter chats, webinars and more. You’ll also receive weekly emails from the club highlighting the latest book-related discussions and events. Several ISTE authors are leading book clubs this month:

Connected Cafe

connected-cafeConnected Cafe is a series of Twitter chats (#ce14) each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7-8pm EDT throughout October, co-sponsored by ISTE and CTQISTE Board Member and Connected Educator Month co-leader Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach will facilitate the #ce14 chat. Our guest hosts will interact with the moderator and other participants around their area of expertise as it relates to connected learning or leadership for change. Please join us on Twitter every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during October from 7-8pm EDT.


Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan

Tuesday, October 14 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Twitter Chat with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan – The importance of Connected Education and #FutureReady Schools

Guest: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education


Ali Wright and Angie Gunter

Ali Wright and Angie Gunter

Wednesday, October 15 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Connected Cafe: Rethinking #teachertime – Twitter chat with Ali Wright and Angie Gunter

Guests: CTQ teacherpreneur Ali Wright and NBCT Angie Gunter



Caitlin McLemore

Thursday, October 16 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

ISTE Professional Learning Networks and How They Help Members Connect, Collaborate, and Learn

Guest: Caitlin McLemoreISTE PLN leader


Krista Moroder

Krista Moroder

Tuesday, October 21 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Empowering Teachers to Become Learners

Guest: Krista Moroder, Professional Development Manager at Digital PromiseISTE Young Educator Network Leader


Brianna Crowley and Jessica Cuthbertson

Brianna Crowley and Jessica Cuthbertson

Wednesday, October 22 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Teacherpreneurs – What Are They?

Guests: CTQ teacherpreneurs Brianna Crowley and Jessica Cuthbertson


Torrey Trust

Torrey Trust

Thursday, October 23 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Critical Skills For Connected Educators

Guest: Torrey Trust, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Learning Technology at University of Massachusetts Amherst, ISTE PLN leader


S. Dallas Dance

S. Dallas Dance

Tuesday, October 28 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Leadership for Change

Guest: Dallas Dance, Superintendent of Schools at Baltimore County Public Schools, ISTE Board member


Kim Farris-berg and Lori Nazareno

Kim Farris-berg and Lori Nazareno

Wednesday, October 29 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Teacher-Powered Schools (#teacherpowered)

Guests: Kim Farris-berg and Lori Nazareno, co-authors of Steps to Creating a Teacher-Powered School


Robert Provonost

Robert Provonost

Thursday, October 30 • 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Makerspaces and Making in the Classroom

Guest: Robert Pronovost, STEM Coordinator for Ravenswood City School District, ISTE Young Educator Network Leader

Other Featured Events

Project ReimaginED: Redesign with ISTE Standards & Common Core

Thursday, October 9, 4:30-5:00 pm EST

Presented by CAROLYN SYKORA 
Senior Director, ISTE Standards Program

Project ReimaginED is a new social learning community dedicated to redesigning learning activities to meet the ISTE Standards for Students and the Common Core. Learn more about this moderated community for K-12 classroom teachers and technology coaches who want to learn how to apply the standards through collaborative practice.

E-Rate: Big Changes with More to Come

Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

This summer, the FCC made sweeping changes to the E-Rate program, focusing its support on WiFi and eliminating non-broadband services. In a few weeks, it may approve more changes and more funding. Join this ISTE webinar, featuring remarks from FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, to get a handle on what’s in, what’s out and what’s coming for the E-Rate. View the archive here

ISTE Webinar: Developing Your Mobile Learning Landscape – From Readiness to Digital Citizenship | View archive

Thursday, October 23, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Presented by Justina Nixon-Saintil, Yoly Ramos, Helen Crompton, Jenna Linskens, and Brandon Olszewski.

This webinar will introduce a powerful new professional learning experience for teachers, tech coaches, and administrators who are interested in bringing their school up to digital age standards. The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a free, facilitated, online professional learning course for educators focusing on developing mobile learning at the school or district level. Funded by ConnectED partner the Verizon Foundation and designed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), this 10-week course covers key areas for mobile learning integration efforts, including assessing institutional readiness, frameworks on technology integration, mobile lesson development, management strategies, and digital citizenship. Successful completion of the course also results in CEU’s from Johns Hopkins University School of Education for participants, all at no cost to schools and districts! Come and meet ISTE faculty to develop your own understanding about mobile learning, and learn about an amazing opportunity to take mobile learning at your school to the next level! View archive

Guided Tour of ISTE’s new initiative for school and district leaders to plan for a technology-rich and standards-ready system

Monday, October 27, 1:00 -1:30 pm EST

Transitioning to a learning environment that is technology rich and standards ready poses unique challenges for education leaders. ISTE’s Lead & Transform movement helps schools and districts prepare for technology integration by cultivating the right conditions for a successful system-wide initiative. In this session you will learn about how ISTE’s Lead & Transform can help provide leaders and stakeholders with information and resources on the 14 critical elements of technology integration, and get a readout on current readiness by using the Diagnostic Tool. Come learn about this powerful resource, ask questions, and network with others! Attend this event

ABCs of Advocacy…Making Your Voices Carry | View archive

Thursday, October 30, 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST

Presented by ISTE’s Senior Director of Government Relations, Hilary Goldman

Election day is days away and advocating on behalf of education technology has never been more important. Gain a better understanding of the education issues under debate in the nation’s capital and state legislatures across the country. Learn about the successful advocacy strategies used by ISTE members, develop your advocacy action plan and discover the wealth of tools and resources available via the ISTE Advocacy Network. View the archive

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