ISTE seeks public comment on first draft of refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers


Newly released toolkit includes facilitator’s guide, surveys, presentation slides for participating


WASHINGTON, D.C. –– The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) announced today that it is seeking public comment on the first draft of the refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers. More than 600 individuals from around the world provided insight into the contents of this initial draft and, by the time the second draft is released in early 2017, ISTE anticipates that thousands more will have participated in the process.


HOW:  Similar to the recent refresh of the ISTE Standards for Students, the refresh process for the ISTE Standards for Teachers is open and inclusive, soliciting input from educators around the world at every step. To help educators participate in the process, ISTE today released a free toolkit for facilitating a public forum, Twitter chat, or conference session with colleagues to provide feedback to the process.  The toolkit includes a facilitator’s guide, surveys for gathering feedback and annotated presentation slides.  For more information, visit


WHERE: The first draft of the refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers is available for comment at


WHEN: The refreshed ISTE Standards for Teachers are slated for release in June 2017 at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio. At that time, ISTE will kick off the refresh process for the ISTE Standards for Administrators.


WHAT: The ISTE Standards provide a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology. These digital age standards are not “technology standards,” but, rather, are a road map for educators worldwide as they navigate decisions about curriculum, instruction, professional learning and how to transform pedagogy with technology.




About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®is the premier nonprofit membership organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.


Innovative offerings include the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age–as well as the ISTE Conference & Expo–the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources feature online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 



Statement from ExcelinEd Chairman Jeb Bush on Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary


Tallahassee, Fla – Today, Governor Jeb Bush, Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released the following statement.

“Betsy DeVos is an outstanding pick for Secretary of Education.

“She has a long and distinguished history championing the right of all parents to choose schools that best ensure their children’s success. Her allegiance is to families, particularly those struggling at the bottom of the economic ladder, not to an outdated public education model that has failed them from one generation to the next.

“I cannot think of a more effective and passionate change agent to press for a new education vision, one in which students, rather than adults and bureaucracies, become the priority in our nation’s classrooms.

“I congratulate Betsy and look forward to her bold leadership at the U.S. Department of Education.”


Hour of Code Week Lets Students Talk with Coding Professionals Through Live, Virtual Chats via Nepris

Interactive and Online, Students Can Meet STEM and Coding Experts Dec. 5-9 Using Nepris

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 — Hour of Code Week on Nepris offers eight sessions with professionals from AT&T, JoyLabz (Makey Makey), Sphero, and Pearson with more Topics covered include robotics, SEO, computer science, marketing, and career explorations. Teachers may pick one or many or view archived sessions from last year’s Hour of Code Week.

Hour of Code Week December 5-9 on Nepris brings a list of eight (and growing) live, interactive sessions with industry professionals engaging with students around coding and programming. Sessions already scheduled feature coding experts from AT&T, JoyLabz (Makey Makey), Sphero, and Pearson with more companies signing up each day. Topics covered include robotics, SEO, computer science, marketing, and career explorations.

Nepris virtually connects industry professionals with classrooms via online, interactive sessions that bring relevance and real-world application to lesson plans. Students get to ask questions and learn about topics and connect classroom learning to the world at work. Nepris offers a scalable way for schools to help students develop a path to careers in technical fields after graduation or be better prepared to enter college.

Teachers with premium Nepris access can sign up for any or all of the Hour of Code sessions. Teachers wishing to explore can set up a free account to engage with one live virtual session with their students and they may access unlimited pre-recorded sessions, including those from last year’s Hour of Code.

Current sessions:

Sample: Nepris session When I ask you to think about pizza…

Facts: December 5-9 is Computer Science Week

Tags: #HourofCode

Tweet: #HourofCode virtual sessions w/ #STEM pros via @NeprisApp Dec 5-9

Summary: Teachers can sign up for Hour of Code sessions December 5-9 at One session free or unlimited archived sessions from last year. Brings coding alive for students with interactive chats.

About Nepris

Austin-based Nepris provides an online platform to connect companies, professionals, and experts to expand education outreach to classrooms, while providing teachers a way to reach out to and connect with professionals around the world. Over 75,000 students in 2,200 classrooms have been inspired through Nepris, which brings classroom learning to life in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the Arts. The finding, connecting, and meeting occurs online through the Nepris community. Sessions include interactive Q&As with working professionals, virtual field trips, project mentorships, and even live Shark Tanks. See Nepris in action at or sign-up as a teacher or professional at


Digital E-Learning Program Allows Innovative Kentucky School District to Open Doors to World Language for Its Students


Boone County Schools expands its digital world language program to 10,500 students this fall


ARLINGTON, VA (November 28, 2016) – Boone County School District, known as one of the most innovative districts in northern Kentucky, is offering digital language learning to 10,500 students—half of its student population. With help from Rosetta Stone’s language learning solutions, Boone County Schools is providing students with access to programs that will enhance college and career readiness and global competence.


Following the district’s successful pilot in 2013 for 1,700 students at two elementary schools, the program is expanding to 14 elementary schools and five middle schools in the 2016-2017 academic year.  Three hundred kindergarten and first grade ELL students and 10,200 WL students in grades 2-8 have access to the digital learning program. The use of Rosetta Stone in the classroom is a new initiative being funded by a county-approved tax levy.


“Like many public schools districts encounter, it often can be difficult for us to find and, more importantly, afford certified world language educators,” said Linda Black, Director of Elementary Education for Boone County Schools. “The Rosetta Stone language learning program affords a strong supplement to our teachers’ blended learning curriculum, while also providing an excellent resource for our classrooms that do not have teachers with experience in a particular language. It’s a win-win situation for our students.”


Teachers began working with Rosetta Stone in May 2016 to familiarize themselves with the programs and decide how they’d be integrating the program into their lesson plans.  Each school in the district has its own language learning goals and implementation plans tailored to its needs. The program is being used in classrooms, both supplementing teacher instruction when an accredited teacher is present, as well as providing an online resource for students.


“School districts don’t need big budgets to think innovatively and provide access to 21st-century skills for its students; Boone County is living proof,” said Matt Hall, Vice President, Enterprise & Education, Rosetta Stone. “I’m excited to see how Boone is preparing its students for success in college, in their careers and beyond.”


Rosetta Stone has worked with more than 22,000 educational institutions around the world to implement language learning programs for students.  Additional information on Rosetta Stone language learning solutions for educators can be found online at

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About Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone Inc. (NYSE: RST) is dedicated to changing people’s lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company’s innovative, personalized language and reading programs drive positive learning outcomes in thousands of schools, businesses, government organizations and for millions of individual learners around the world.


Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone pioneered the use of interactive software to accelerate language learning and is widely recognized today as the industry leader in providing effective language programs. The company’s cloud-based programs allow users to learn online or on-the-go via tablet or smartphone, whether in a classroom, in a corporate setting, or in a personal learning environment. Rosetta Stone is also a leader in the literacy education space, helping millions of students build fundamental reading skills through its Lexia Learning division. Additionally, the company’s Fit Brains business offers personalized brain training programs developed by neuroscientists and award-winning game designers to be fun and help keep your brain sharp.


Rosetta Stone is based in Arlington, VA, and has offices and operations around the world. For more information, “Rosetta Stone” is a registered trademark or trademark of Rosetta Stone Ltd. in the United States and other countries.




WASHINGTON, DC — Jeanne Allen, Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, issued the following statement regarding President-Elect Donald Trump’s selection last week of Betsy DeVos as his Secretary of Education:

“Educational choice and a passion for innovation have been the hallmark of Betsy DeVos’ many years at the forefront of the movement to transform elementary and secondary education in Michigan and the nation at large.

“Her selection is a bold statement by the President-elect that he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to make educational choice a centerpiece of his determination to ensure that the children of our nation – all of them – will achieve the American dream.

“The Center for Education Reform will enthusiastically support every effort by the new administration to expand innovation and real educational opportunity to benefit every child in America.

“Whether their futures are best served in traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, or a homeschool environment, our children deserve the very best education we can provide, and we will support Secretary DeVos in her efforts to ensure that innovation and opportunity are at the core of national policy under her leadership.”


About the Center for Education Reform

Founded in 1993, the Center for Education Reform aims to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans — particularly our youth — ensuring that the conditions are ripe for innovation, freedom and flexibility throughout U.S. education.