Funds For Learning Reveals Student Connectivity Data

E-rate consulting firm highlights data  (scroll down for full chart) for Digital Learning Day


In recognition of Digital Learning Day, an effort by the Alliance for Excellent Education to engage students and empower educators through effective use of digital tools, Funds For Learning shares key data about the importance of student connectivity initiatives for schools everywhere.

  •     97 percent of schools report using Wi-Fi and the majority of those systems need to be replaced soon.
  •     It costs roughly $250-$350 per student to adequately deploy Wi-Fi on most school campuses.
  •     65 percent of schools state that Wi-Fi is an “absolute requirement for classrooms.”
  •     In 2000, school districts nationwide spent $25.35 per student each year for Internet access and telecommunications. In 2015, that number has doubled, reaching $48.62 per student.

“Supporting digital learning is important for all organizations and individuals in education,” said John Harrington, CEO of Funds For Learning. “Since there is a potential of $5.8 billion in E-rate funding for 2016, it’s more important than ever to recognize the realities of digital learning and make use of funds to increase connectivity.”

Digital Learning Day provides a venue for education leaders to highlight teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.

To view more E-rate funding request data related to digital learning, visit

About Funds For Learning
Funds For Learning, LLC, is an E-rate compliance firm specializing in guiding E-rate applicants through the E-rate regulatory process and is an advocate for the use of educational technologies and student Internet access. Formed in 1997, Funds For Learning provides professional advice and assistance relating to the E-rate program to clients in all 50 states. For more information, visit http://www.FundsForLearning.comor phone 405-341-4140.


K12 Insight Partners With the National School Boards Association 
Collaboration provides the NSBA with an innovative tool to gather and analyze data for its state benchmarking studies

(HERNDON, VA) February 17, 2016 – K12 Insight today announced a partnership with the National School Boards Association (NSBA). As part of the agreement, NSBA will use K12 Insight’s Engage survey solution to listen to and understand the needs of its more than 90,000 school board members across the country.

Specifically, NSBA will use K12 Insight’s fully managed survey solution to gather and analyze data for its state benchmark studies. K12 Insight will conduct seven surveys and provide data analysis delivered to the NSBA in four customized reports.

K12 Insight, in turn, will be a Platinum-Level sponsor of NSBA’s Annual Conference, to be heldApril 9–11 in Boston.

In addition to its featured position at the conference, K12 Insight will engage in several thought leadership collaborations with NSBA throughout the year, including columns and interviews in American School Board Journal and a whitepaper that will be featured on the NSBA’s website The Hub. In all of these publications, K12 Insight will share examples of best practices in successful districts, highlight the resources it offers, and showcase its research on the benefits of community engagement. K12 Insight will also host a series of webinars in conjunction with the articles it contributes.

“NSBA is pleased to partner with K12 Insight, an organization committed to improving education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, the executive director of the National School Boards Association. “The Engage survey solution provides an innovative approach to gathering and analyzing data that can benefit our advocacy efforts for positive education outcomes for all students.”

“K12 Insight is thrilled to partner with the National School Boards Association. NSBA is a tremendous advocate for public schools and our nation’s public school children,” said K12 Insight’s Founder and CEO Suhail Farooqui. “We are pleased to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2016 Annual Conference. And we’re excited to have NSBA use our Engage survey solution to better understand and meet the needs of its members and constituents.”

About K12 Insight

K12 Insight, based in Herndon, VAworks with more than 30,000 school administrators to strengthen the relationships that power education. Our custom solutions combine technology, research, and expert training to help school leaders build trust and drive positive change in their local communities. Learn more at

About Engage

Engage, from K12 Insight, combines the latest research and technology with expert analyses for an inclusive community survey experience unmatched in K12 education. Invite stakeholder feedback and participation ahead of critical school decisions. Promote your survey to ensure it reaches the widest possible audience. And get strategic recommendations to help you take next steps.

About the National School Boards Association

NSBA represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members. We believe education is a civil right, and public education is America’s most vital institution. Learn more at


Girls Thinking Global Launches Webinar Series

The presentation by Deb deVries and Kathy Hurley attracted hundreds of educators from around the world; the next webinar is scheduled for February 23

(CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS) February 17, 2016 – Girls Thinking Global (GTG), dedicated to connecting nonprofits that serve adolescent girls and young women around the world, has launched a monthly series of webinars, hosted pro bono by edWeb.

In the first webinar, “Fostering Leadership in Women and Girls,” Girls Thinking Global’s founders Deb deVries and Kathy Hurley used Real Women, Real Leaders, a book recently co-edited by Hurley, to lead a conversation about the latest research on the strengths of women as leaders.

deVries and Hurley also shared real-life experiences of women who have achieved significant leadership roles in education and business, and polled attendees about what topics GTG should cover in future webinars. The most popular response, given by 54% of attendees, was “examples of programs that foster girls’ leadership in school.”

The live broadcast attracted 220 educators from around the world, and the presentation is archived in the GTG community on edWeb. To view a recording of the webinar, click here.

“We were thrilled with the attendance and feedback from GTG’s first webinar,” said Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO of edWeb. “We are strong believers in their mission and their leaders, and we hope that by providing this platform pro bono, we can help empower girls and women around the world.”

GTG’s next webinar, “Lessons in Leadership,” will feature Ann McMullan, an education consultant who previously served as the executive director for educational technology in the Klein Independent School District, which is located just outside Houston and serves nearly 50,000 students. For more than 16 years, Ann led the district team that provides professional development on 21st-century instructional strategies to more than 4,000 professional educators. Ann’s presentation will focus on basic principles of leadership that will strengthen abilities and help assure success in any stage of life.

The “Lessons in Leadership” webinar will take place on February 23 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET. To register for the webinar, click here.

You can also join the GTG community on edWeb to engage in discussions or get information about future webinars by clicking here.

To learn more about Girls Thinking Global, please visit

About Girls Thinking Global

Based in Newton, MA, Girls Thinking Global (GTG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to creating a global community of organizations serving girls and young women by leveraging technology to create a collaborative space that connects best practices, knowledge, and expertise between non-profits.

About edWeb is a highly acclaimed professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for exceptional educators, decisionmakers, and influencers who are on the leading edge of innovation in education. edWeb members are teachers, faculty, administrators, and librarians at K-12 and post-secondary institutions. edWeb is a place where educators who are looking for ways to improve teaching and learning can gather and share information and ideas with peers and thought leaders in the industry.





American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting to Convene Over 2,000 Teacher Educators February 23-25

(February 12, 2016, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will host the nation’s premier conference for educator preparation this month featuring over 700 presenters. The AACTE 68th Annual Meeting, to be held February 23-25 at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., will provide attendees access to the field’s latest resources and tools, cutting-edge research, best practices and dynamic leaders. More than 2,000 educators from schools, colleges and universities across the country will be in attendance.

“Beginning with pre-events and running through sessions large and small, this conference will provoke new insights on problems of practice through multiple perspectives,” said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of AACTE.

Themed, “Meeting the Demands of Professional Practice: Tough Questions, Tough Choices,” the conference will offer attendees hundreds of concurrent sessions to choose from that will explore issues impacting the educator preparation profession, organized into four session strands:

  • Professionalism: Values in Action
  • Engagement: Hard Choices in Connecting With All Stakeholders
  • Programs and Practices: Making Hard Choices Through Critical Reflection, Review, and Innovation
  • Assessment: Hard Choices in Program Improvement

The opening session will feature Pedro Noguera, one of the nation’s most important voices on the state of education and the implications for our democratic society. Six interactive major forums presented by expert panelists—including National Teacher of the Year Shanna Peeples—will tackle questions around teacher shortages, learning science, clinical practice, the digital divide, standards for entry into teaching and strategies to diversify the educator workforce. The closing session will highlight a panel discussion with education leadersCarole Basile, Tony Bryk, Dan Domenech, Cheryl Redfield and Nancy Zimpher, who will articulate a new vision for how to serve learners by focusing on some of education’s toughest questions. For a full list of sessions and events, see the online schedule.

“Our conference is high-energy and focused on improved learning outcomes for all students,” said Robinson.

The conference is made possible by premier and featured sponsors: LiveText, University of Nevada Las Vegas College of Education, Edthena, Evaluation Systems Group of Pearson, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Taskstream, Teachscape, and TK20, as well as several other generous supporters.

Registration is still open. Three-day general admission: $510 for members, $695 for nonmembers and $115 for students. Visit to register and to learn more about the schedule, sessions, speaker biographies and sponsors and exhibitors.

Media interviews are available for featured speakers, AACTE senior officials and select AACTE member institutions in attendance. To register for media credentials, send your name, title, name of media organization or publication, address, phone number and e-mail address to Jerrica Thurman at

Media are also invited to the pre-event press conference on Educator Preparation Programs Addressing Teacher Shortage in Nevada, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PST Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Stan Fulton Building Ballroom on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Read media advisory here.



AACTE: The Leading Voice on Educator Preparation

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to high-quality, evidence-based preparation that assures educators are profession-ready as they enter the classroom. Its over 800 member institutions represent public and private colleges and universities in every state, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Through advocacy and capacity building, AACTE promotes innovation and effective practices that strengthen educator preparation. Learn more at



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