CEO Don Knezek Stepping Down
CEO Don Knezek will step down
September 30 a;er more than 10
years at the helm of ISTE.
Knezek has led ISTE since 2002. He’s
helped the organization grow in size, ;scal
health, and in;uence in education policy,
advocacy, international collaboration and
partnerships, and virtual domains. Knezek
has overseen many of the organization’s
• ISTE’s merger with the governing organization of the National Educational
Computing Conference (NECC). Now known as ISTE’s annual conference
and exposition, this conference has become the most comprehensive ed tech
event in the world.
• ;e creation of ISTE’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., where Knezek is
a respected voice and leading authority on education issues. He positioned
ISTE as a policy and advocacy champion for digital age learning, teaching,
and education leadership in the halls of Congress, the White House, and
various federal and state agencies.
• ;e establishment of numerous collaborations and partnerships with educators, policy makers, education ministries, agencies, and nongovernmental organizations from around the globe. Knezek currently serves on the governing
board of UNESCO’s Institute for Information Technologies in Education.
• ;e refresh of ISTE’s NETS, which have been widely adopted in the United
States and around the world.
Knezek says he’s pleased to be going out on a positive note. “I’m so proud of
what we’ve accomplished with a dedicated sta; and outstanding volunteer leadership on behalf of better opportunities and access for all the world’s learners,”
Knezek’s replacement is expected to be appointed by September.
Ed Tech Data at Your Fingertips
Ever wish you could have a wealth of
researched-based facts and ;gures at
the ready when debating the e;ective-ness of ed tech with nonbelievers?
ISTE may have just the thing you’re
looking for. Revolutionizing Education
through Technology: ;e Project RED
Roadmap for Transformation is a new
ISTE book produced in conjunction
with Project RED ( www.projectred.
org), a U.S. research and advocacy
organization that promotes the use
of technology to transform learning.
;e book lays out Project RED’s research in a friendly and accessible way.
It is scheduled to debut at ISTE 2012
in San Diego in June and will also be
available as a free PDF download.
Project RED’s sponsors are Intel,
Apple, the Pearson Foundation,
Qwest, and eChalk.
NSBA Lauds ISTE Board Member
ISTE board member Mike Lawrence
has been named one of “ 20 to Watch”
by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Lawrence is executive
director of Computer-Using Educators
(CUE) in California, an ISTE a;liate
that supports its membership by advancing student achievement through
technology on an international level.
He’s also an a;liate representative on
the ISTE Board of Directors.
NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network selected the 20 education leaders based on their e;orts to promote
and implement innovative technology
to improve classroom learning and
school district operations.
Lawrence was lauded for reinventing and revitalizing CUE by creating
innovative initiatives and partnerships. ;e NSBA listed his key accomplishments as cofounding the Google
Certi;ed Teacher program, directing
the California Student Media Festival,
and forming a national alliance of
more than 30 nonpro;t organizations,
universities, and educational agencies
to develop the Leading Edge Certi;-cation for 21st century education professionals in the areas of ed tech and