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The Broadband Imperative: Driving Connectivity, Access, and Student Success

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

The Broadband Imperative

Presented by Marc Johnson, Executive Director, East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC)
Hosted by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA

Hosted by SETDA
Sponsored by ENA

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This edWebinar provides an overview of SETDA’s latest report, The Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success, which advocates for robust broadband access both on and off school campuses to best prepare all students for college and the workforce. The 2019 report expands on earlier recommendations from SETDA’s 2012 and 2016 Broadband Imperative reports and the 2019 State Leadership for K12 Broadband reports. These reports push educators and policymakers around the country to support quality, equitable, high-speed broadband access for all students with specific recommendations regarding access, funding, and policies to support learning in the digital age. Based on continuing trends in teaching, learning, school administration, and the experiences of states and districts, The Broadband Imperative III: Driving Connectivity, Access and Student Success expands on the previous recommendations with an emphasis on leadership and planning and continues to advocate for reliable, robust secure access on and off-campus.

In addition, learn how a cooperative of regional networks in Minnesota supports broadband development and leadership for Minnesota school districts. Various state organizations coordinate to ensure that all students in Minnesota have access to scalable infrastructure, high-speed affordable bandwidth, and ubiquitous Wi-Fi for digital learning. These organizations provide value-added services such as network security, digital curriculum resources, network management, distance learning support, and other enterprise-level services.

This recorded edWebinar will be of particular benefit to school and district leaders, CIOs, and IT directors.


Marc JohnsonAbout the Presenter

Marc Johnson is Executive Director of East Central Minnesota Educational Cable Cooperative (ECMECC), a telecommunication and technology cooperative of fourteen K-12 school districts in East Central Minnesota. Marc is in his eleventh year as ECMECC director having spent two years prior as technology director for ISD 15 and seven years as an instructional technology specialist for the St. Croix River Education District. Previously, he taught middle and high school mathematics and college technology courses. Marc brings eleven years of experience managing a regional wide area network providing Internet access, shared network services, and network security to over 39,000 students, 2,800 faculty/administrators, and 2,200 educational support staff. On the broadband front, Marc serves on the Blandin Foundation Broadband Strategy Board and is an appointed member of the Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. Marc continues to advocate for and work with several other broadband initiatives in the state and with organizations like SETDA.


About the Host

Christine Fox serves as Deputy Executive Director for SETDA. As the deputy executive director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning, and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities, including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. The management of such projects includes coordinating data collection from all states, supervising consultants and staff, ensuring member input and supervising the publishing process. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift reports 2015-2019, the Professional Learning and K12 Instructional Materials Dashboards, the Broadband Imperative Report Series, Guide to Quality Instructional Materials, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, and The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole-school reform model, ESOL Coordinator, and 3rd-grade teacher. Christine has a Master of Science in teaching English as a second language from Florida International University and received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Florida State University. She lives in South Florida with her husband and two daughters.
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setdaThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations. Our current work is guided by a strategic plan, Leading, Inspiring and Empowering: The 2013-16 SETDA Strategic Plan, adopted by the SETDA Board of Directors in October 2012 after extensive consultation with the membership. The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.


ENA delivers robust and reliable broadband, Wi-Fi/LAN, communication, and cloud services to K–12 schools, higher education institutions, and libraries across the nation. We work side-by-side with our customers to ensure they have the connectivity, communication, and collaboration solutions they need to be successful.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
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