Mike Abbiatti Joins SREB's Educational Technology Cooperative

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SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative of state higher education and K-12 governing boards helps state leaders use technology effectively in schools and colleges. Representing more than 3,100 school districts and 800 colleges and universities in the 16 SREB member states, it is a resource for data, training and shared resources for what works in education technology.

The Southern Regional Education Board works with 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Atlanta, SREB was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region.

Abbiatti Joins SREB as Educational Technology Chief

Atlanta — July 1, 2013 — Technology expert Michael Abbiatti joins the Southern Regional Education Board today as director of SREB’s Educational Technology Cooperative, a program recognized as a national leader in helping states raise student achievement through the use of technology in public education at every level, K-20.
A certified classroom teacher and former middle school principal, Abbiatti previously held leadership positions in two SREB states, Arkansas and Louisiana. He was executive director of the Arkansas Research and Optical Education Network at the University of Arkansas since 2008. He also co-founded and co-created the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative of the Louisiana Board of Regents to empower research and academic communities to become more effective economic development resources. Abbiatti was also Louisiana's initial member of the National LambdaRail board of directors and was responsible for the creation and management of the Louisiana Education and Research Network as a statewide Internet2 resource.

At SREB, an immediate focus for Abbiatti is raising awareness among policy-makers for 10 critical issues in educational technology the Cooperative has identified as the highest priority to address to support state education goals. Abbiatti will work with legislators and heads of statewide K-12 and higher education agencies to translate these priorities into policy and an action agenda.

“The 10 critical issues process has energized the Cooperative and provided a fresh strategic direction for our work together,” said Joan M. Lord, SREB’s vice president, Education Policies. “Abbiatti is the right person to lead the Cooperative forward and help education leaders collectively make a difference in the region and in each state.”

“The scope of SREB’s Cooperative is exactly what is needed today. If we’re not K-20 in the technology world, we are making a big mistake,” Abbiatti said. “I look forward to working with SREB  to cross boundaries and use technology in education in bold new ways.”

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