COVID-19 has transformed the education landscape, creating urgency to build teacher skills that support student success in digital environments. This once-in-a-generation moment can empower us to create lasting changes in how we prepare new teachers.

ISTE in partnership with the US Department of Education and with support from AACTE, AAQEP, SITE, and CAEP is working to support educator preparation programs (EPPs) in order to meet this need through the ISTE Standards. As a framework for effective teaching and learning with technology, the standards are recognized by all 50 states and U.S. territories.

EPP Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge

Signing the pledge signals that an EPP shares this vision to expand and scale digital equity and transformation in learning.

  1. Prepare teachers to thrive in digital learning environments. 
    We will prepare future teachers to use technology to provide equitable learning opportunities that support student success in all classrooms. This includes experience teaching in online or hybrid settings.
  2. Prepare teachers to use technology to pursue ongoing professional learning. 
    We will prepare future teachers to use technology for collaborative learning and professional growth. This includes participating in online communities of practice relevant to their teaching goals and aspirations.
  3. Prepare teachers to apply frameworks to accelerate transformative digital learning.
    We will prepare future teachers to create effective digital learning experiences using nationally recognized educational technology standards. This includes aligning coursework and clinical experiences to those frameworks.
  4. Equip all faculty to continuously improve expertise in technology for learning.
    We will support all EPP faculty in modeling effective use of technology for instruction to build confidence and competence in future educators. This includes building capacity through faculty professional learning.
  5. Collaborate with school leaders to identify shared digital teaching competencies. 
    We will partner with schools to establish a shared understanding of the teacher competencies required for effective, equitable use of technology for learning. This includes modeling exemplary approaches to technology use that are relevant to the vision, culture, and infrastructure of partner schools.  

Join 60+ Higher Education Institutions in the Digital Equity and Transformation Network

By signing the pledge, you’ll join the Digital Equity and Transformation Network. As a member of the network, you’ll be invited to a biannual facilitated roundtable of leaders and faculty champions convened by ISTE. Members collaborate to build the capacity of their faculty, update their curriculum to accelerate digital learning, and ensure candidates have practical experience in using technology effectively for teaching.

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