Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the last two years. Based on its success in 2012 and 2013, the initiative is poised to reach even more educators in 2014 through expanded partnerships and enhanced programming.

To help CEM continue to scale, the US Department of Education is distributing the event’s management out to the connected community, led by the American Institutes of Research, Grunwald Associates, and Powerful Learning Practice. This core team will further push out leadership for elements of the celebration to other groups, and empower individual educators to take ownership in a variety of ways as well.

CEM By The Numbers

Highlights of the 2013 event included:

  • 300+ major education organizations officially participating
  • 600+ national events and activities (many more local)
  • 1 million+ pages, other locations referencing, promoting or discussing the event
  • 14 million+ reached on Twitter alone

Some of the other key ways we are hoping to build on CEM 2013’s success in 2014 include:

  • Making the event more fully global, to better incorporate learnings from around the world, supporting multiple countries in the development of full event slates as part of the celebration.
  • Making the event more fully mobile and blended, in reflection of the trends in educational practice and use.
  • A greater emphasis on collaboration in our planning, tools, and activities, as the logical next step beyond connection, and to address participants’ desire for a more action-oriented approach
  • Launching a series of ongoing connected education initiatives during the month (our own and others) to keep momentum building throughout the year, as well as developing more year-round resources (like 2013’s district toolkit).
  • More events/activities that pull in other education stakeholders-parents, students, whole school communities, policymakers-to magnify the event’s creative impact.
  • Enhancements to programming and infrastructure to keep the event fully accessible as it continues to grow.

Thanks to infrastructure built in 2012-13, we’ve also got a lot more “runway” this year to work with participating organizations and individuals on event/activity development than ever before.

Funding The Event
We need your help. Starting soon, representatives from AIR, GA, and PLP will be raising funds to support this year’s CEM efforts. Darren Cambridge and Marshal Conley of AIR, Peter Grunwald and Tom de Boor of Grunwald Associates, and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach of Powerful Learning Practice will be reaching out for your support and collective ownership of the effort this year.

We’ll be in touch soon with more details, so be sure to sign up for email updates so you don’t miss a thing.

We look forward to learning, growing, and connecting with you during Connected Educator Month 2014 and beyond!


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During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.

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