Library of Congress, National Education Association, and National Parent Teacher Association Head List of Powerful Organizations to Join Nationwide Celebration of Innovative Teachers and Effective Applications of Digital Learning
WASHINGTON, DC – With less than three months until Digital Learning Day 2014, the Alliance for Excellent Education today announced a collaboration with the Library of Congress on the hosting, promotion, and content development for the Washington, DC–based national celebration on Wednesday, February 5. Digital Learning Day recognizes innovative teaching and common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in America’s schools that support teachers, improve learning, and help students achieve at their highest potential.
In addition to the national celebration, Digital Learning Day will extend well past the nation’s capital with all fifty states, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands hosting statewide events and school-based activities to highlight and showcase the potential of digital learning in the nation’s schools. Hundreds of organizations and corporations have joined the effort, including new partnerships with the National Education Association and National Parent Teacher Association.
“The Library of Congress is well-known for being the largest library in the world, but it is also home to a vast array of digital resources for teachers and librarians, including lessons plans, primary sources, professional development materials, and more,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “I’m also thrilled to announce partnerships with the National Education Association and National Parent Teacher Association. As more schools begin to introduce aspects of digital learning into their classrooms, teachers and parents must be highly engaged and deeply involved.”
In preparation for Digital Learning Day, the Alliance and its partners will work together to develop additional Digital Learning Day content for parents, teachers and librarians in the form of toolkits, lesson plans, and video showcases in topics such as civics, language arts, social studies, and history.
“The Library of Congress—a leader in the promotion of lifelong learning through its unparalleled collections and primary source materials—is pleased to welcome Digital Learning Day 2014. We look forward to contributing to a program that explores how technology makes accessible previously untapped resources and enriches the learning experience for all,” said Lee Ann Potter, director of education outreach for the Library of Congress.
“The National Education Association and its more than 3 million members are proud to partner with the Alliance for Excellent Education on Digital Learning Day 2014,” said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “In today’s classroom, a teacher’s ability to connect with students has become much easier with the use of technology. There’s no turning back. The appropriate use of technology in education will improve student learning, quality of instruction, and education employee effectiveness, and it will provide opportunities to eradicate education inequities.”
The current list of national core partners for 2014 is available at http://digitallearningday.org/partners/alliance-partners/.
The growing list of corporate partners for 2014, including AT&T and Intel, is available at http://digitallearningday.org/partners/corporate-sponsors/.
To learn more about Digital Learning Day, including cutting-edge school districts and schools, lessons, and videos of digital learning in practice, visit www.DigitalLearningDay.org.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.