"First of All, What’s Our Mission?" via Wes Kriesel

Good morning, ISTE Digital Equity Network!

Please see below the following blog post by Leadership Team member Wes Kriesel, originally published at https://medium.com/digital-equity/first-of-all-whats-our-mission-8b67f94b5bf7 on August 11, 2017.

We had a leadership meeting online the other night and discussed the mission statement of ISTE’s Digital Equity PLN. That’s when I decided that yes, indeed, I liked this group. I knew the cause was important and the caliber of the leadership team was high, but when I knew that I was going to enjoy working with the group was when I heard their reaction to “Should we change or update the mission statement of the group?” Before we explore that, here’s what the mission says:

“The Digital Equity Network works to inspire thoughtful discussion as well as action aimed to ensure access and opportunities for all learners. Through weekly and monthly sharing, we will challenge the status quo concerning the “haves and have nots” of access while providing consistent information and actionable resources to better help school leaders make equitable decisions concerning technology infrastructures and digital learning.”

To the question of should we update the mission statement, here was the resounding consensus: “Let’s get to work. Let the work speak for itself.” Well, that’s almost exactly what happened. We said, “Let’s do the work and worry later about updating the mission statement if we find we need to. Right now, the work comes before wordsmithing.”

I like this team. Let’s get to work.

Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash
Photo by Igor Ovsyannykov on Unsplash