Advocacy Platform Background & History:
The CUE Advocacy Platform provides a set of statements that represent the positions and priorities taken by CUE related to educational technology in California. The Platform is to be used by CUE representatives in situations where the values and priorities of the organization should be expressed. The first CUE Platform was developed in 1985 to help define the intent and purpose of California legislation that would establish programs and related funding for statewide, regional, and local educational technology programs and projects. Since that time the Platform has been used to inform educators and policy makers in their development of state and federal legislation, state educational technology plans, initiatives, and programs. Locally, the Platform has been adapted by school districts and other entities in their development of educational technology policies and plans. The CUE Advocacy Committee periodically revises the Platform as needed and the CUE Board then reviews and approves the revised Platform. There are many examples over the past 20 years of how the Platform has had an influence in California and National educational technology policy development and legislation. Following is the CUE Advocacy Platform revised and then adopted by the CUE Board of Directors in June 2014.
adopted by the CUE Board of Directors on June 16, 2014
CUE Inc. recognizes that California schools serve students of increasingly diverse needs and backgrounds who must be ready to succeed in a rapidly advancing technological society. CUE believes that technology is a critical instructional resource required for all K20 teachers, administrators, and students. CUE works with many like-minded groups in coordinating policies and practices to advance student achievement. The CUE Advocacy Platform was developed by the CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee with input from CUE membership and is periodically updated to provide guidance for the development and modification of current and emerging state and federal educational policies and programs affecting California educators.
1. State funding for Teacher and Administrator Professional Development: CUE supports maintenance of funding of the regional and statewide educational technology support and professional development as a separate line item in the California education budget. External evaluation has consistently documented that a carefully planned State supported regional and Statewide services is a cost-effective strategy for supporting the educational technology needs in our geographically diverse state. CUE also supports funding set aside in the State budget and for these services.
2. Federal Education Initiatives: CUE supports the establishment of Federally funded educational technology grant programs (similar to the prior Enhancing Education Through Technology grants) that are aligned to the CUE Advocacy Platform and the State adopted curriculum standards. CUE also supports the expansion of the E-Rate program. CUE works closely with ISTE and iNACOL to lend support to current and emerging educational technology and broadband initiatives to the extent that such initiatives align with this Platform and are supported by the CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee and Board of Directors.
3. A Statewide Educational Technology Plan: CUE supports the development of an annually updated statewide California K12 educational technology plan that reflects the needs of all educators and students with diverse backgrounds and in all areas of the state. The plan should be aligned with the State Superintendent’s Blueprint for Educational Technology, the California adopted State Curriculum Standards, the National Education Technology Plan and must represent the needs of California education stakeholders including students, teachers, site, district, and county office of education administrators, technology specialists, curriculum specialists.
4. Online Learning: CUE advocates for policy changes and increased flexibility in the allocation of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding to encourage and facilitate online learning programs throughout California K12 schools. Further, CUE supports the adoption of an online learning requirement for all graduating seniors in California.
5. Fully Funded Professional Development: CUE advocates professional development on the 1) basic use, 2), application use of electronic instructional resources and technologies, 3) selection, development, and delivery of online courses and lessons, 4) the overall integration of technology into instruction, 5) as well as digital citizenship.. Training must be fully funded and sustained over multiple years. Substantial funding levels of the total technology plan should be used for ongoing professional development. Professional development includes administration (vision, planning and management of the technology resource) and instruction (integrating the technology resource into the classroom curriculum standards).
6. Continuous Funding for Technical Support: CUE advocates sufficient continuous funding for hardware, software and infrastructure technical support for educational technology. As additional technology continues to enter our schools (adding to an already large installed base), supporting and maintaining these installations have become major financial and personnel issues. Ongoing technical support beyond basic troubleshooting is not a classroom teacher responsibility.
7. Continuous Funding for Technology: CUE advocates sufficient continuous funding must be provided to ensure that all California students have equitable and sustained access to technology at a level at least comparable to national averages and supports State Superintendent Torlakson’s goal of a state-of-the-art computing device for every student. California has long treated technology acquisition as a grant or one time basis procurement. Planned continuous funding of technology for acquisition, upgrading and planned replacement of network infrastructure on a regular basis is recommended.
8. Research-based technology applications and services: CUE advocates for the use of electronic learning resources instructional practices that utilize technology that have been evaluated and/or researched to document their effectiveness in improving teaching and learning. Additionally CUE supports the continuous assessment and reporting to education stakeholders about the impact and cost-benefits of educational technology support services at the local, regional, and state levels.
10. Administrative Uses of Technology: CUE advocates that all administrators should be instructional leaders in the use of technology. We believe that the use of technology tools to facilitate data-driven decision-making (i.e. selecting those resources that will aid measurable skill acquisition and increase student achievement) is a necessity. CUE also advocates that the CDE support the regional and statewide providers as they enable administrators in the selection and use of technology to support data decision-making and management.
11. Curriculum Support: CUE advocates working with the California Department of Education, the California Curriculum Commission, County Offices of Education, Universities and publishers of digital content to ensure that technology is aligned with the California Content Standards, now known as the adopted Common Core State Standards, as appropriate. CUE advocates for the adoption of the California Library Model Content Standards: 21st Century Information Literacy.
12. Inclusion of Technology in the Local Control Accountability Plan: CUE supports maintaining the 8th grade student technology proficiency standards In K12 schools, CUE supports the integration of educational technology into the Local Control Accountability Plan. CUE advocates a single plan as a part of all school, district, college and university regular planning. The plan should cover all grade levels, curriculum strands and funding initiatives over multiple years as required by state and federal statute. Further, CUE supports the ON[the]LINE initiative making navigation through the complex issues surrounding technology in education SIMPLER for districts and county offices of education.
13. Career-Long Professional Development Planning: CUE believes that technology integration training in concert with professional development must be a comprehensive plan, beginning with integration into teacher pre-service education throughout California college and university systems. In-service training must continue through the districts and counties, and into individual schools and classrooms. Formal credential and certificate programs for technology integration should be developed.
14. Support of Underserved Areas: CUE fully supports the creation and maintenance of equitable access to technology and technology applications for all students, teachers, and administrators in California, including those in rural and other underserved areas. It is the position of CUE that access to technology and technology applications should be the same for all learners in our state, regardless of geographic location or economic status. Equity of quality and service must be maintained.
15. Integrated Network and K12 High Speed Network: CUE advocates the continued development and expansion of the robust district- and school-wide integrated high-speed networks to all schools and classrooms in California. Such networks must be user friendly, cost effective, and facilitate the exchange of applications and information, including administrative, instructional and distance learning services to the classroom.
16. The California Educational Technology Blueprint: CUE supports the 14 recommendations based on the work of the Task Force, which were released in April 2014, as the major component of the Blueprint. These recommendations are found at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr14/yr14rel39.asp
17. Student Privacy: CUE believes that students and parents have a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to data gathered in connection with school performance, assessment and activities. CUE advocates that legislation and school policies protect students from governmental and private party data collection that is then sold or shared to vendors or other entities with personally identifiable information.
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