U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on June 24, 2012 that he is designating August “Connected Educator Month” and called upon teachers and other educational leaders to innovate through online collaboration and learning environments.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is convening Connected Educator Month for the Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET). More than 50 organizations – ranging from the American School Counselor Association and Cisco to the National Association of Elementary School Principals and Discovery Education – will participate in the month-long online event, providing resources to educators across the country.
Throughout August, there will be coordinated opportunities to participate in activities in dozens of online locations to develop skills and enhance learning. In collaboration with a wide range of educational organizations and educators, Connected Educator Month will provide numerous online events and activities, including forums, webinars and contests. The Connected Educators project website also will offer resources to assist and recognize educators becoming more connected.