Interstate Cooperatives


Educational Technology Cooperative

Membership group of state K-12 and higher education coordinating and governing boards that represent more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 school districts in SREB states. The ETC focuses member agencies and state policymakers on using technology wisely, helps states understand technology issues and forms an action agenda for effectively using technology in education. 

North Carolina representatives attended ETC’s spring and summer webinars. North Carolina sent two attendees to the 2017 annual meeting on teaching and technology.

North Carolina ETC representatives helped determine SREB’s 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology and served on the working groups for revisions.

Verna Lalbeharie of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is a member of the ETC executive committee.

In May 2017, North Carolina sent a team of educators and policymakers to the SREB and digiLEARN Personalized Learning Regional Meeting to learn more about how to develop a comprehensive and sustainable effort in their states. Verna Lalbeharie was a member of the North Carolina team at the meeting, representing technology interests for K-12 education.

North Carolina ETC representatives and member agencies:

Katherine Davis, Learning Technology Systems Business Analyst, North Carolina Community College System

Verna Lalbeharie, Director of Digital Teaching and Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction >

Technology Purchasing Savings

Schools, universities and agencies in SREB states saved $3.3 million on over $33 million in technology purchases during fiscal year 2017 — double the FY2016 savings — through SREB’s participation in MHECtech discount agreements. Organizations in each of the 16 SREB states participated.

North Carolina saved $4,051,489 on $40,906,853​ in technology purchases in fiscal year 2018. >