Advocacy is about storytelling to the benefit of others. ASTE believes in helping students, educators and schools tell their stories about the successes and strategies for improving learning through technology. Through our iDidaContest we encourage and enable students and educators to tell their stories about their learning. Through our advocacy efforts we reach out to Alaska's elected officials to understand and support our ASTE goals for our students. Here's your chance to advocate for your students and school today. Please act for them.
ASTE has worked hard to maintain an active advocacy with our federal delegation (Senator Begich, Senator Murkowski, and Representative Young) through our relationship with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and ISTE's Senior Government Affairs Officer, Hilary Goldman. ASTE will have an EdTech Action Network (ETAN) booth at this year's ASTE Conference to allow ASTE members to send direct messages to our delegation while at the Conference.
We encourage all ASTE members to watch the ISTE's Advocacy Tip and use the links to advocate.
Alaska is currently the seventh most active state in the nation when it comes to sending ETAN messages - and it makes a difference! Visit ASTE's ETAN Booth at this year's ASTE Conference, and make your voice heard!
ASTE has a new partnership with the Alaska Council of School Administrators (ACSA) and is committed to reaching out to advocate for the wise use and budgeting for State funds for schools, educational technology, and professional development. Together we can advocate for equal and adequate funding for all Alaskan students. To that end we will work with ACSA to advocate to our legislators on key legislation affecting educational technology and funding.
We encourage all ASTE members to keep in touch with their state legislators by using the Directory of Alaskan Legislators distributed at the ASTE Conference and by following the Department of Education and Early Development's (DEED) blog detailing the status of legislation pertaining to education.
ASTE recognizes that ultimately support and advocacy for the wise integration of technology occurs at the School Board and school administration levels. We have formed a partnership with the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) and their Consortium for Digital Learning (CDL) project. We will work with ASCA and AASB/CDL to support local efforts to increase access to technology, professional development, and resources.
We encourage all ASTE members to follow the progress and news at AASB's Consortium for Digital Learning.