The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative has announced that it is providing more than $1.6 million to the Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX) to launch an effort aimed at expanding the role of educators in helping shape the national education research agenda and helping them make informed decisions about education technology.
Over the next two years, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education's Institution of Education Services, JEX will work to develop the EdTech Implementation Framework, which will be designed to help educators, school, and district leaders make informed and contextually relevant decisions about the selection, purchase, and implementation of edtech tools. To that end, JEX will conduct convenings with IES to better align the national education research agenda with the needs of teachers and students.
"While educators are often the individuals using edtech tools to serve students in the classroom, their voices are often missing from decisions on how to select and implement those tools," said Sandra Liu Huang, CZI's head of education. "We're pleased to invest in an evidence-based approach to help teachers, schools, and districts better understand how technology can best support students in the context of their specific needs and learning environment."