Connected Educator Month, Something Near and Dear to My Heart

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Connected Educator Month: Those who do, teach. Own it, year-round. October 2016.
A celebration of community, with educators at all levels, from all disciplines, moving towards a fully connected and collaborative profession. Convened by the connected education community, with the full support of the U.S. Department of Education, building on the success of previous years with hundreds of new events and activities from dozens of organizations and communities. We’ll be working together, in October and beyond, with all stakeholders, leaving no device unturned, no country or learning environment unexplored. Get involved at

About Connected Educator Month (CEM)
Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the past four years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels. Based on its success last year, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2016, through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.

Highlights of CEM 2015 included:
hosting hundreds of events during the month,
mentions on millions of web pages;
connections of educators in 100+ countries; and
reaching 24 million Twitter impressions each week.
CEM 2016
Led by the American Institutes for Research, 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
Connected Educator Month 2016 is being convened by a group of core partners in collaboration with a wide range of participating organizations and funders. Interested in sponsorship?

Connected Educator Month in 2012 and 2013 was convened by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) 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. In 2014 and 2015, leadership was continued by AIR and its partners, Powerful Learning Practice, and Grunwald Associates LLC, 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.


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