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US Department of Education provides information selected especially for parents, teachers, students and administrators as well as press releases, photos, audio clips and video all in one place-Press Room.

No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a landmark in education reform designed to improve student achievement and
change the culture of America’s schools. With passage of No Child Left Behind, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—the principal federal law affecting education from kindergarten through high school. In amending ESEA, the new law represents a sweeping overhaul of federal efforts to support elementary and secondary education in the United States.

The George Lucas Education Foundation documents and disseminates the stories of exemplary practices in K-12 public education. Over 70 online documentaries showcase imagination and innovation in public schools. Free teaching modules created by professional development experts and education faculty are available at the website.

ISTE - The International Society for Technology in Education provides major resources for educators who strive to integrate technology with teaching and learning. Standards are available for both students and teachers at this site. The ISTE professional journals detail excellent examples of the integration of technology into the curriculum. Both individual and district memberships are available.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory helps schools and students reach their full potential as it specializes in educational
applications of technology to improve learning. Many resources are located at this site.

enGauge - This site is designed to help districts and schools plan and evaluate the systemwide use of educational technology. Schools face the challenge of preparing students to live, learn and work successfully in today’s knowledge-based digital society. To do so will require high-performance learning of academic content using 21st-century skills and tools. To accomplish this, schools must become high-performance learning organizations. The enGauge framework identifies Six Essential Conditions—systemwide factors critical to effective uses of technology for student learning.

National Staff Development Council gives districts information not only on high quality training programs with intensive follow-up and support, but also other growth-promoting processes such as study groups, action research and peer coaching. NSDC, as an organization, believes that staff development is fundamentally people improvement. The library offers excellent full-text professional articles.

21st Century Skills
A collection of web-based tools designed to support and promote achievement of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)  literacy and 21st century skills. It presents a dynamic look at highlighted examples, resources, recommendations, tools and recommended goals in each of nine key areas that support a coherent framework for 21st century education.



The State Board of Educator Certification site assists educators in planning for quality technology applications professional development programs as well as providing information on certifications for all professional educators.

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) solves significant problems facing educational systems and communities to ensure a quality education for all learners. The SEDL work focuses on an integrated program of applied research and development, professional development, assistance and services. SEDL refines work based on new finding from on going research.

SETDA
Founded in the fall of 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association representing the state directors for educational technology.  SETDA’s goal is to improve student achievement through technology.

Texas Computer Education Association supports educators in learning about technology and using it in the classroom. As the sponsor of the largest Texas conference focusing on educational technology, the organization’s website provides online registration, program information and student and teacher contest information.

The Texas Education Agency website provides immediate information needed daily in schools related to a variety of topics, including assessment, curriculum, teacher resources and grant information. Quick links to Education Service Centers and the State Board for Educator Certification are also provided.


Technology Applications Teacher Network is a collaborative project between the 20 Texas Education Service Centers and
the Texas Education Agency and is designed to provide Texas teachers with resources to implement the Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in the K-12 classroom and meet No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D requirements.

TPESC
The Technology Planning & E-Rate Support Center (TPESC) provides assistance and support to Texas public and charter schools in meeting the requirements for participation in the federal Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Program, better known as E-Rate and in meeting No Child Left Behind, Title II, Part D requirements. TPESC also provides assistance in submission of the online Texas e-Plan and the Texas Campus STaR Chart and Texas Teacher STaR Chart.


   
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