October 28, 2005 10:00 ET

Pennsylvania Educational Technology Leaders Honored

Deputy Secretary L. Michael Golden: 2005 SETDA Leader of the Year

Senator Arlen Specter: 2005 SETDA Federal Policy Maker

ARLINGTON, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 28, 2005 -- The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is pleased today to recognize the leadership and progressive thinking of two Pennsylvania leaders, Deputy Secretary of Education L. Michael Golden and U.S. Senator Arlen Specter. These strong education and educational technology proponents, were honored earlier this month with the SETDA Leader of the Year (SLY) Award and the SETDA Federal Policy Maker's Award respectively.

SETDA established the SLY peer-recognition award for one SETDA member who exhibits outstanding leadership in national and state education initiatives that help to further the effective integration of technology to improve student achievement. As Deputy Secretary of the Office of Informational and Educational Technology, Mr. Golden is currently responsible for statewide educational technology programs, systems, information and supports to Pennsylvania PreK - adults' schools and classrooms. He has helped to transform thinking around education technology so that all students are using technology to reach their full potential by seamlessly integrating the technology into teaching and learning and by individualizing instruction. He and his team secured federal and corporate education grants for Pennsylvania that is showing the positive impact that education technology can have on teaching and learning. Additionally, Mr. Golden has a national impact as the Chairman of the SETDA Federal and State Policy Leadership Committee and sits on the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Board of Directors.

SETDA established the Federal Policy Makers Award to recognize policy makers who strongly support the effective integration of educational technology into 21st Century teaching and learning. SETDA Policy Maker Award winners must help to secure education technology funding, support legislative support for education technology and be a "Champion to the Cause" of educational technology. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Senator Specter garnered support and sponsorship to restore $425 million in funding for the EETT program, responding to the House proposal of $300 million and the White House zeroing out entirely the budget for the Title IID program. Senator Specter understands education and the importance of providing today's students with modern tools and motivating lessons.

"It is exciting to recognize the achievements of two leaders from a single state who are working in different arenas to ensure the success of all students at home and nationwide. Pennsylvania should stand very proud today as Secretary Golden's and Senator Specter's leadership is heralded," said Melinda George, Executive Director of SETDA. "We look forward to showcasing the many initiatives of Pennsylvania as models for education technology integration nationwide."


The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members. SETDA provides its membership consisting of 50 states and two territories with opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another as well as the broader ed-tech community through meetings, surveys, conference calls, and online leadership courses. For more information about SETDA and/or its events, visit

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