Applications Are Open for Educators to Join the EdTech Genome Steering Committee


The Jefferson Education Exchange is seeking educators to help identify what matters most in education technology (edtech) implementation. This effort is part of a new, collaborative sector-wide initiative called “The EdTech Genome Project.” This opportunity is to apply to join the EdTech Genome Steering Committee (“Steering Committee”), which will ultimately be comprised of a diverse mix of 24 researchers, experts, stakeholders, and educators.

The Steering Committee will hold decision-making authority on the EdTech Implementation Framework, which will spotlight 10 variables to characterize contexts for edtech implementation at the classroom level. The Framework will be the backbone for new research and tools to help teachers gain insight on edtech experiences from peers across the country who share similar contexts. This will lead to better-informed decisions by adults and better learning opportunities for students.

The application process is currently open for submissions and will close at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on September 15th, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by Jefferson Education Exchange (JEX) of their status by September 27th, 2019.

Click here to view a slide deck with more information about the project.


who should apply?

JEX is seeking EdTech Genome Steering Committee members with practitioner experience and expertise at the district- and/or school-levels in one or more of the following areas:

  • Evidence-based teaching and learning
  • Edtech implementation at the classroom level
  • Edtech implementation at the district and/or school level
  • Educator effectiveness


Tasks and deliverables

The Steering Committee is tasked with:

  • Achieving consensus on a list of 10 variables that are associated with edtech implementation success at the classroom level (with support from Jefferson Education Exchange); and
  • Approving definitions and measures for each of the 10 variables (developed by separate working groups, with optional participation for Steering Committee members).


project timeline & commitment

The bulk of the Steering Committee’s work will be completed during two in-person meetings in the Washington, D.C. metro area. All Steering Committee members who work at the school- or district-level must participate in all days of in-person meetings. Please ensure your availability for the following meeting dates before you choose to submit an application:

  • October 28-30, 2019 [Meeting begins at 1 p.m. on Mon. Oct. 28 and concludes at 1 p.m. on Wed. Oct. 30]  **Practitioners will meet with project leaders on October 28, and then join the entire Steering Committee for its full meetings on October 29-30.
  • Summer 2020, specific dates TBD

Following the Summer 2020 meeting, there may be two to four virtual, one-hour Steering Committee meetings to make final decisions as a group. The Steering Committee’s work will conclude by December 2020.

The Steering Committee will work electronically and online between meetings using Google Docs, Zoom, and email.  You will receive training and technical support as needed to work successfully in a collaborative virtual environment.



Each Steering Committee member will be paid an honorarium of $4,000. The honorarium will be paid in 3 parts:

  • $1,500 following the October 2019 meeting
  • $1,500 following the Summer 2020 meeting
  • $1,000 following the December 2020 completion of the project

Steering Committee members’ travel, lodging, transit, and participation-related expenses will be covered or reimbursed for in-person meetings. JEX will reimburse for substitute teachers if requested by the Steering Committee member’s school district.

Click here to begin an application. (You must sign up for an account by following instructions in the link.)

Please contact Dan Brown, Director of National Engagement, at with questions or referrals.