About the Educational Technology Network

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs), unified as the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD or ESD Network) were chartered in House Bill 1365 to support increased educational technology (Ed Tech) services described in the bill as digital equity and support across the state by creating a shared vision to:

Accelerate student access

to learning devices and related goods and services

Expand professional learning programs

and technical assistance on using technology to support student learning

Build the capacity of schools and districts

to support digital navigation services for students and their families, especially for our underserved populations

Grant Opportunities

Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Grants - Now Open

Thanks to House Bill 1365, Washington State schools, districts, and ESDs will soon be able to apply for competitive grants that will support integrating Media Literacy, Digital Citizenship, or Synthetic Media (aka deepfakes) curriculum into classes. Options include two-year project grants for teams that are ready to start developing or adapting existing curriculum and sharing best practices through a Professional Learning Community, or one-year planning grants for teams that aren’t sure where to start (these could lead into one-year implementation grants).

Visit this OSPI page or email the Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Program Supervisor, Lesley James, lesley.james@k12.wa.us.

Digital Equity and Inclusion Grants - Now Open

An essential part of implementing OSPI’s educational technology standards is advocating for sufficient funding for all districts to help close opportunity gaps related to educational technology. Through the legislative support of House Bill 1365, OSPI is providing grants focused on digital equity and inclusion to support these standards.

Visit the Digital Equity & Inclusion Grant page or contact Digital Equity & Inclusion Program Supervisor, KC Merchant, kc.merchant@k12.wa.us for details.

About AESD

Washington’s nine Educational Service Districts, through the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), are an aligned and equitable system of support  for educators and district/school leaders across the state. The AESD collaborates with OSPI and other state, regional, and local organizations to design and deliver high-quality programs and professional learning. Our network serves school districts, state tribal education compact schools, public charter schools, and private schools.

Association of Educational Service Districts