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The CEO Forum
provides reports on the status of educational technology in the United States in the areas of infrastructure, professional development, digital content, and accountability. The K-12 STaR Chart, a Web based tool, allows both districts and campuses to self-assess components of a total technology program.

The Consortium for School Networking
promotes the use of telecommunications to improve K-12 learning. "Taking TCO to the Classroom" is just one of their superior vendor neutral resources for schools.

The International Society for Technology in Education
provides major resources for educators who strive to integrate technology, teaching, and learning. Standards are available for both students and teachers at this site. The ISTE professional journals detail excellent examples of the integration of technology into the curriculum. Both individual and district memberships are available.

The North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
helps schools and students reach their full potential as it specializes in educational applications of technology to improve learning. Many resources are located at this site.

The Milken Family Foundation
site provides professional development information as well as high school science inquiry-based learning programs, best practices for middle schools, and reading programs proven to be effective. Their Seven Dimensions for Gauging Progress guides educators in assessing whether or not their schools provide the conditions necessary for improving student learning with technology.

The National Staff Development Council
gives districts information not only on high quality training programs with intensive follow-up and support, but also other growth-promoting processes such as study groups, action research, and peer coaching. NSDC, as an organization, believes that staff development is fundamentally people improvement. The library offers excellent full-text professional articles.

State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC)
Technology standards information at this site assists educators in planning for quality professional development programs. In addition, the State Board of Educator Certification provides information on certifications for all professional educators.

The Technology Planning and E-Rate Support Center (TPESC)
website contains up-to-date information related to the development of the Texas STaRChart System and E-Rate information.

Texas Education Agency (TEA)
This site for Texas educators provides immediate information needed daily in schools. Keep it bookmarked also for quick links to Education Service Centers and the State Board for Educator Certification.

The Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA)
supports educators in learning about technology and using it in the classroom. As sponsor of the largest Texas conference focusing on educational technology, the organization provides on-line registration, program information, and student and teacher contest information.

The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA)
with Texas Tech University, the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC), and Texas Computer Education Association will train approximately 50 percent of all Texas superintendents and principals during the three-year period beginning in the 2000-2001 school year. The project is funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

U.S. Department of Education
These exemplary and promising educational technology programs may help districts create quality, effective, and useful projects within their communities.