The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is responsible for the planning and implementation of CEM 2016. AIR is grateful for the leadership of our past partners—Grunwald Associates LLC, Powerful Learning Practice, and the US Department of Education—for their instrumental work in establishing such an amazing movement in connected learning.
AIR is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. AIR’s overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life. For AIR, making the world a better place is not wishful thinking. It is the goal that drives the organization. Founded in 1946 as a not-for-profit organization, AIR conducts its work with strict independence, objectivity, and non-partisanship. The intellectual diversity of its 1,500 employees enables AIR to bring together experts from many fields in the search for innovative answers to any challenge.
Grunwald Associates LLC is a research and consulting firm that focuses on the interplay between education, families, and new media. Public surveys led by Grunwald Associates have helped inform important national debates around education technology, and Grunwald custom research provides guidance to clients in meeting the needs of education institutions. Real-world experience is the foundation for all of the firm’s work. For more than 15 years, Grunwald team members have pioneered online community development and management techniques for a variety of organizations.
Powerful Learning Practice is a leader in professional learning for connected educators. To date, over 10,000 educators have changed their teaching practice by participating in our community-based professional development. PLP is about building networks, connecting educators to one another, and re-imaging what we think we know. We accomplish this through customized coached professional learning, instructor-led and self paced eCourses, and dynamic digital guides, produced by our publishing arm, PLPress. Learn more at plpnetwork.com.
The US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) launched Connected Educator Month in 2012 and continues to work closely with the project as a partner in the effort to get more educators connected, deepen the connections educators have, and foster collaboration and innovation in the field.
The Office of Educational Technology provides leadership for transforming and personalizing teaching and learning through the power of technology. OET develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to support learning. OET supports the priorities of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative including upgrading broadband and high-speed wireless connectivity, providing access to educational devices and digital content, and training teachers to use technology effectively to improve student learning.