Influence and Advocacy Committee
The MassCUE Influence and Advocacy Committee educates and collaborates with policy makers to achieve funding and legislation to support the appropriate use of technology in teaching, learning and administration. We work with the DESE to support educational technology in the schools, and recommend MassCUE representatives to serve on the Digital Education Advisory Council. The committee supports MassCUE members individually and collectively to influence local/state/national legislators. We work hard with other affiliates, ISTE and like-minded organizations, towards our organization’s vision by reaching out to global organizations with a similar mission to enhance global learning.
The MassCUE Influence and Advocacy Committee responsibilities include:
- Advocate by communicating and collaborating with local and state legislators and other state organizations for the purpose of funding educational technology at state and local level that are in the best interests of education.
- Inform MassCUE members of important pending legislation regarding technology in education.
- Collaborate with other affiliates and ISTE to advance technology in schools to improve teaching and learning.
Each MassCUE Committee is made up of a dedicated team of volunteers. The following make up the current Influence and Advocacy Committee Chairs and Committee Members.
- Jessica Brittingham
- Lori Cooney
- Natalie Croteau
- Ellen Driscoll
- Gail Ross-McBride
- Caitlin Mitchell
- Kirsten Prinn
- LeRoy Wong
- Heidi MacGregor (President)
- Steve Guditus (President-elect)
- Savvy Demers (Executive Director)
Latest News & Updates
December I&A Update: State Legislators Consider Bills on Technology and Data The MA Joint Committee on Education met on October 30, 2023 to hold a hearing on bills that included technology and data. These included: H.530/S.343 An Act establishing an education-to-career data center S.316 An Act relative to best management practices for wireless in schools and public institutions of ...Continue Reading
November I&A Update: Back to School Connectivity Challenge The US Office of Educational Technology (OET) is hoping to share information about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) designed to support families in getting access to the internet. They currently have 21 million households that have gained access through ACP but there are 48 million eligible households, so there ...Continue Reading
October I&A Update: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning The United States Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology published a new policy report — Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning: Insights and Recommendations. The report describes AI as a rapidly-advancing set of technologies for recognizing patterns in data and automating actions, ...Continue Reading