We have different levels of membership, in recognition of the stages of using digital technologies a district may be at – and the different interests, needs and roles it may feel ready for – as well as the support roles played by BOCES.

Regular Members

We encourage every district and BOCES to consider joining the K-12 Digital Consortium at this level – regardless of how far they have already gone in their journey towards leveraging digital technologies for instruction.  It will provide the district access to many of the opportunities offered by the Consortium, while allowing choice with regard to the level of commitment it is ready for.

Benefits:

  • Access to Consortium’s events and shared resources
  • Opportunity for recognition about the district’s digital conversion efforts through the Consortium website
  • Opportunities to be included in grant-funded projects and/or applications
  • Access to consulting services (up to two free per year by Zoom)

Expectations:

  • Commitment to participate in dialogue about best practices, resources and systems to support uses of digital technology
  • Willingness to share selected data and information about past and current efforts with leveraging technology
  • Identification of a “liaison” from the district’s leadership team (serving as the contact person, responsible to provide information as requested)
  • Attendance to a free Kick-Off Consortium Workshop by district representatives
  • Successfully completed online application, including the Superintendent’s agreement to comply with the stated minimum requirements for participation

“Demonstration Site” Members

This membership level recognizes districts that have already achieved an advanced level of technology integration and are willing to share their experiences and successes with other districts.

Additional Benefits:

(besides those listed for regular members):

  • Official acknowledgement of the district’s achievements on the Consortium website
  • Discounts for Consortium events, services and professional learning
  • Special consideration given to present at Consortium events and to partner in grant proposals

Additional Expectations:

(besides those listed for regular members):

  • Meeting minimum criteria for advanced digital technology implementation (see separate document), as determined by an established Consortium team through a review of submitted materials plus site visit
  • Willingness to share expertise through Consortium’s offerings of one’s choice (e.g., presenting at selected Consortium events, contributing to the Consortium website, etc.)
  • Willingness to host occasional classroom visits
  • Leadership commitment, in the form of a letter from the Superintendent requesting to join the Consortium at this level
  • At least one year of regular membership expected

BOCES Partners

This membership level recognizes that BOCES can play a support function for the districts they serve – in addition to being potentially interested in membership in the Consortium for their instructional programs.

Additional Benefits:

(besides those listed for regular members):

  • Link on the Consortium website to PD offerings and other services related to digitally-rich instruction
  • Special consideration given to present at Consortium events and to partner in grant proposals

Additional Expectations:

(besides those listed for regular members):

  • Creating awareness of Consortium events and resources
  • Co-sponsoring Consortium events and professional learning opportunities of their choice (which will make these events state-aidable and therefore more affordable to districts)
  • Hosting selected Consortium events and professional learning opportunities of their choice
  • Leadership commitment, in the form of a letter from the appropriate administrator requesting to join the Consortium at this level