VSTE 2017: SuperEmpowering Kids & Learning

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In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Brainstorm 2017
April 7, 2017
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Dream Big
Complimentary Educator IMAX Screening
April 7, 2017 
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Chantilly, Virginia

SWVA K12 Google Gathering
April 8, 2017
Radford, Virginia 

EdCamp NoVA
April 22, 2017
Arlington Career Center, Arlington, Virginia

VSTE SuperHero Summit
June 21, 2017
Lord Fairfax Community College
Middletown, Virginia

ISTE 2017
June 25 - 28, 2017
San Antonio, Texas

2017 RockingEduTech Conference
July 26 - 27, 2017
Elkton, Virginia

#GoOpen Regional Summit
August 1, 2017
Chesterfield, Virginia

The Digital Learning Conference
September 27 - 28, 2017 
Hampton, Virginia
More Info Coming Soon!
Connect With Us
Advocating for Education

April is ISTE Advocacy Month, and this year your support in advancing ISTE's advocacy efforts is more important than ever.
ISTE's advocacy work over the last several years is under attack. Our work on E-Rate, the Lifeline program and educational technology funding via the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is at stake with the new Congress and Presidential Administration.

Take the first step and join ISTE's Advocacy Network,  a one-stop source for  information about edtech policy. Each week in April ISTE will be sending a policy update email that also includes an action item you can take to directly benefit edtech policy.

Embrace the Extraordinary
The ISTE 2017 Conference will feature three  change agents who upended the status quo in their own unique ways. Hear from Jad Abumrad, creator and host of Radioab; Jennie Magiera, Chief Innovations Officer at the Des Plaines School District; and Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code. 

Don't miss this chance to connect and learn from other innovative educators, thought leaders and education companies at the world's most comprehensive ed tech meeting of the minds.

Classroom Tested, Teacher Approved
Resources From Big Deal Book, April 3, 2017

VSTE partners with Big Deal Media to bring you the Big Deal Book of Technology Resources, full of information about grants, contests, interactive websites and more. Don't miss the April 3rd edition that focuses on Combining Learning with Playing, Collaborating Across Cultures & More.

VSTE Voices
Change Is Hard: Tips for a New Tech Coach 

Meredith Allen and Marie Hone are members of the VSTE Conference Committee. Both work as Instructional Technology Coordinators in Arlington County. This week, they share their tips for new tech coaches.
Change is hard. Resistance to change is hard. Staffing changes at schools are hard. Being a new teacher, or a new student at a school is hard. Being a new ITC (Instructional Technology Coordinator in Arlington Public Schools, similar to ITRTs. ) at a new school is equally hard, but recognizing some of the challenges, expectations, and possible limitations that may await you at your new school can help ease your transition.
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