In the past couple of weeks, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) moved through the US House and Senate and was signed into law by President Obama. Almost simultaneously, the National Educational Technology Plan was approved by the US Department of Education.
Both have big implications to MACUL members. It is clear that using technology in the classroom is a national priority.
The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) sets a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology through building on the work of leading education researchers; district, school, and higher education leaders; classroom teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations. The principles and examples provided in this document align to the Innovative Technology Expands Children’s Horizons (ITECH) program as authorized by Congress in December 2015 through the Every Child Achieves Act.
Both documents are lengthy and will take time to unpack and understand. Here are both documents in their entirety: