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The University of South Florida College of Education Pledges to Prepare Future Educators with the Tech Skills to Thrive in Digital Learning Environments

The USF College of Education today announced it has signed the EPPs for Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge, committing to prepare educators with the skills to successfully use technology for learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms. 
Dr. Ilene Berson, Professor of Early Childhood and Faculty Champion for the Pledge Initiative, shared, “Our participation in this national initiative positions the USF College of Education at the forefront of innovative educational preparation. This partnership aligns with our commitment to providing educators with comprehensive skills in digital literacy and technology integration while also prioritizing inclusive and equitable educational practices. By interweaving the principles of inclusivity, equity, and digital innovation into our programs, we aim to prepare our graduates to pioneer future educational advancements and ensure they are equipped to navigate and shape the evolving educational landscape."
The EPPs for Digital Equity and Transformation Pledge is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  
“Knowing how to use technology to support student learning is an essential skill for any teacher to thrive in a post-COVID world,” said Richard Culatta, CEO of ISTE. “I’m thrilled that The USF College of Education is committed to embedding tech skills into their program so all USF teacher candidates will be prepared to hit the ground running!”
By signing the pledge, The USF College of Education joins 91 institutions committed to preparing teachers to thrive in digital learning environments; preparing teachers to use technology to pursue ongoing professional learning; preparing teachers to apply frameworks to accelerate transformative digital learning; equipping all faculty to continuously improve expertise in technology for learning; and collaborating with school leaders to identify shared digital teaching competencies. 
About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is a nonprofit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

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About the USF College of Education:

As the home for more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members across three campuses, the University of South Florida College of Education offers state-of-the-art teacher training and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Our college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.