Connected Educators Month
A celebration of community, with educators at all levels, from all disciplines, moving towards a fully connected and collaborative profession. Convened by the connected education community, with the full support of the U.S. Department of Education, building on the success of previous years with hundreds of new events and activities from dozens of organizations and communities. We’ll be working together, in October and beyond, with all stakeholders, leaving no device unturned, no country or learning environment unexplored. Get involved at connectededucators.org.
About Connected Educator Month
Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the past three years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success last year, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2015, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.
Local Santa Barbara Connection
A local tech company, introNetworks, is a partner with Connected Educator Month. They manage the online community that connects all of the teachers in a global online environment. Mark Sylvester, CEO of introNetworks produced a Getting Started Webinar to kick off this years’ event. This 15 minute video showcases the edConnectR community and how to navigate and get the most out of the platform.
Highlights of CEM 2014 included:
- hosted 800 events during the month,
- mentioned on 6 million web pages,
- reached educators in 139 countries and
- every two days counted 15 million tweets.
- Check out last year’s themes
- Explore CEM 2013
- Dig into the archives, dating back to the inaugural CEM in 2012
Led by the American Institutes for Research, Powerful Learning Practice, and Grunwald Associates LLC, the initiative seeks to create a more fully globally connected, evidence-based movement that fosters collaboration and innovation to transform professional learning and effect educational change. Our key goals in service of this vision include:
- Expanding the reach of CEM by growing a global coalition of education stakeholder groups and partners
- Documenting and communicating the measurable impact of CEM and connected education
- Acquiring sufficient resources to achieve year-round sustainability
- Influencing the way professional learning takes place in and out of schools
- Fostering collaboration and innovation within and between education stakeholder groups and partners
Connected Educator Month 2015 is being convened by a group of core partners in collaboration with a wide range of participating organizations and funders.
￼Connected Educator Month in 2012 and 2013 was convened by the American Institutes for Research and its partners in the Connected Educators project (2010-2014), on behalf of the Office of Educational Technology of the United States Department of Education. Connected Educator Month continues under the leadership of the organizations listed above with permission from the Office of Educational Technology. For more information on CEM’s past and current connections to the Office of Educational Technology, check out the materials developed under that project for CEM 2012 and 2013 on OET’s website, 2014 welcome videos from Office of Educational Technology Director Richard Culatta and Digital Engagement Strategist Sara Trettin , and this post and video by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (who hosted his first Twitter chat as part of the 2013 celebration) which were created under the prior project.