EDIS Update 04.13.17
Dear EIMAC Members, Partners and Friends,
2017 EIMAC Spring Meeting
The invites for the 2017 EIMAC Spring Meeting were sent out yesterday to EIMAC members and invited guests. The Spring Meeting will be held in Phoenix, Arizona from May 24-26, 2017. You can find the agenda here.
This year's spring meeting will focus on supporting implementation of systems and technology to support state ESSA plans, thinking strategically about the use of data and technology in state strategic plans, and advancing collaborative work. CIOs and their teams will explore priority areas across our action groups and engage in robust conversation to develop plans in support of collaborative work.
- Leverage the network - the CIO Network and EIMAC will continue to develop and advocate cross-state collaboration on standards, policies and solutions, partner with state and local education agency leadership and leverage a collective influence throughout the education IT community.
- Advance collective work - EIMAC members will continue to engage in role-a-like discussions around Financial Transparency, Education Technology, Data Standards, and Data Privacy in order to develop greater supportive resources to meet broad SEA needs.
- Share best practices - EIMAC members will share highlights of their work and experiences in using information and technology to support statewide innovation.
- Explore problems of practice - EIMAC members will engage in problem-solving sessions to gather collective thinking about challenges they are facing in their state.
If you have any questions regarding the meeting, please contact Kimberly Gondwe at Kimberly.Gondwe@ccsso.org
On Thursday, CCSSO sent a letter to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations and copied leadership in both chambers' education authorizing committees, expressing our support for Congress to maintain the current level of appropriations for the remainder of FY 17.
In the letter, CCSSO stated, "We are writing today to express our support for current spending levels as Congress considers appropriations levels through the rest of Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 17). While we would like to see funding levels closer to those authorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015, any cuts to education funding in the middle of this current fiscal year will only cause disruption in schools for students, educators, and families. Local school districts have already set budgets and hired personnel for the current year. Reducing funding in the middle of the school year would make it difficult for schools to meet students' needs for the remainder of the year. For that reason, we request continued funding at current levels for the remainder of the current fiscal year."
Future Ready Schools
CCSSO, along with our partners at the Alliance for Excellent Education, continues to support states and their districts participating in Future Ready Schools and the #GoOpen initiative. Future Ready Schools helps district leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies. There are currently districts committed to this initiative in every state. There are a series of free regional professional development opportunities coming up around the country to provide training on personalized digital learning. You are welcome to send leaders to attend these trainings or promote the events through your distribution channels. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Layla Bonnot, Layla.Bonnot@ccsso.org.
OER April Blog Preview
April's blog post is a reflection on the Mid-Atlantic #GoOpen Convening that was held in Delaware's Colonial School District. "It's really beautiful to see so many districts coming together around a common area of focus and challenge in our schools right now. So many roles coming together to discuss OER. We have to support each other in this work for our kids." Find the full blog post here.
If you have anything you would like to contribute to next month's EDIS Update, or you just want to brag about your state's success, we would love to hear from you! Please email Ryan MacDonald at Ryan.MacDonald@ccsso.org with any exciting news or noteworthy items you would like to share.
CCSSO's Education Data & Information Systems Team
Maureen, Kimberly, Layla, Ryan, Arthur & Erika
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