Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education announced it has signed the EPPs for Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge, committing to preparing educators with the skills to successfully use technology for learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms.
“It is important to be part of this initiative because preparing quality educators is at the foundation of what we do,” said Dr. Melba Spooner, dean of the Reich College of Education. “We encourage and engage our candidates early and often in professional development, and this opportunity will provide our students with the best practices around teaching and making technology more accessible for learners and educators.”
“We encourage and engage our candidates early and often in professional development, and this opportunity will provide our students with the best practices around teaching and making technology more accessible for learners and educators.”
“We look forward to seeing how our educators and faculty continue to lead the way in innovative instruction and enhancing their professional growth through this partnership and collaboration,” she added.
The EPPs for Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
“Knowing how to use technology to support student learning is an essential skill for any teacher to thrive in a post-COVID world,” said Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE. “I’m thrilled that the Reich College of Education is committed to embedding tech skills into their program so all App State teacher candidates will be prepared to hit the ground running!”
By signing the pledge, App State joins 56 institutions committed topreparing teachers to thrive in digital learning environments; preparing teachers to use technology to pursue ongoing professional learning; preparing teachers to apply frameworks to accelerate transformative digital learning; equipping all faculty to continuously improve expertise in technology for learning; and collaborating with school leaders to identify shared digital teaching competencies.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.
ISTE sets a bold vision for education transformation through the ISTE Standards, a framework for students, educators, administrators, coaches and computer science educators to rethink education and create innovative learning environments. ISTE hosts the annual ISTE Conference & Expo, one of the world’s most influential edtech events. The organization’s professional learning offerings include online courses, professional networks, year-round academies, peer-reviewed journals and other publications. ISTE is also the leading publisher of books focused on technology in education. For more information or to become an ISTE member, visit iste.org.