SREB states are at the forefront of many of the fast-paced changes technology is bringing to education. SREB helps state leaders create and expand effective uses of technology in schools and colleges.
The SREB Educational Technology Cooperative (ETC) is comprised of representatives from state K-12 education agencies, career and technical education agencies, and higher education coordinating and governing boards, representing more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 public school districts in SREB’s 16 member states. The ETC works with its member state education agencies to:
Connect. Symposia and annual meetings bring together decision-makers from state education agencies, schools and colleges to share ideas to improve online learning, share digital content, and inform smart decisions about technology.
Catalyze. The program is a leader in helping states focus on important and emerging technologies that will likely benefit states. It works to strengthen state virtual schools, create digital content, and bring quality online professional development to traditional and online teachers.
Collaborate. Representatives from ETC member agencies work closely with each other and national and international colleagues, drawing upon their collective expertise, to collaborate on issues across the pre-K through 20 education pipeline to ensure that students are getting the full benefit of educational technologies. These opportunities for interaction keep members up-to-date and better able to understand the policies and practical issues related to ever-changing technology in pre-K through 20 learning environments.
Research. SREB monitors and reports on an array of educational technology topics to help states use technology wisely. As technology-enhanced education has evolved, so has the work of the ETC. In the past, the ETC issued an annual report on state virtual schools and reported on the trend toward district-level online learning in K-12 schools. Today the ETC continues the very successful Worthy of Note enewsletter and maintains a continuous dialog with members on the topic of the ETC's 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology. Understanding the most current issues related to technology-enhanced education is critical to student success. Therefore, the ETC provides members with the most up-to-date information that can be applied in a realistic timeframe through a dynamic and flexible policy environment. The ETC research agenda is focused on collecting the lessons learned from proven research and applying those lessons to benefit all students. Through the ETC, members get first-hand accounts of what works for resolving specific issues by linking documented need with realistic policy.