Mission & Goals

The Connected Educator Month (CEM) initiative networks educators and education stakeholders through connected professional learning experiences worldwide. Over the past three years, millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development and other educational opportunities, offering highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to all stakeholders at all levels.

Led by the American Institutes for Research, Powerful Learning Practice, and Grunwald Associates LLC, the initiative seeks to create a more fully globally connected, evidence-based movement that fosters collaboration and innovation to transform professional learning and effect educational change.  Our key goals in service of this vision include:

  • Expanding the reach of CEM by growing a global coalition of education stakeholder groups and partners
  • Documenting and communicating the measurable impact of CEM and connected education
  • Acquiring sufficient resources to achieve year-round sustainability
  • Influencing the way professional learning takes place in and out of schools
  • Fostering collaboration and innovation within and between education stakeholder groups and partners

Learn More

Connected Educator Month in 2012 and 2013 was convened by the American Institutes for Research and its partners in the Connected Educators project (2010-2014), on behalf of the Office of Educational Technology of the United States Department of Education. Connected Educator Month continues under the leadership of the organizations listed above with permission from the Office of Educational Technology. For more information on CEM’s past and current connections to the Office of Educational Technology, check out the materials developed under that project for CEM 2012 and 2013 on OET’s website, 2014 welcome videos from Office of Educational Technology Director Richard Culatta and Digital Engagement Strategist Sara Trettin , and this post and video by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (who hosted his first Twitter chat as part of the 2013 celebration) which were created under the prior project.

16 Responses to Connected Educator Month: Mission & Goals

  1. christine forte says:

    What about higher education?

    I’m a doctoral student at Pepperdine University, studying education and learning technologies. I’m also the director of library services at Antioch University Santa Barbara.

    Teachers in higher ed have just as strong of a need to become connected educators as the k-12 crowd — and there is less support (or pressure) for them to get there.

    Is there any room for this organization to grow in that direction? Can I help?

    Best,
    Christine

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    • Darren Cambridge says:

      We’d love to have more participation from college and university educators. It hasn’t been something that we’ve had the bandwidth to actively solicit, but the door is certainly open. We’d much appreciate your help getting HE folks involved.

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  15. Jacobus Nel says:

    I am a high school teacher in Port Nolloth, South Africa and came upon this site by chance when I was looking for information on how to make my lessons more interesting to my learners. I don’t all about it but how can I get help from you by being on this site?
    One of the major problems in my community is funding, most probably like in most schools. However, our major concern at the moment are our lack of computer resources for the writing of exams. How can you help in this regard? Can you pun me in contact with funders perhaps?

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