State Board of Education members selected to serve on national technology task force


Study group will develop policy recommendations on the use of technology in classrooms across the country


SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that two Board members have been selected to serve at the national level for a study group on the expanding use of technology in K-12 education.

Dr. Vinni M. Hall and Lanita J. Koster were selected by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to serve on the year-long study group “The Role of Technology in Schools and Communities.”

“It is vital that we have a presence at the national level on important issues shaping the face of education, including the ever-changing role of technology in our schools,” said Gery J. Chico, Chairman of the Board. “I would like to congratulate my colleagues on the State Board of Education.”

The NASBE study group will prepare a comprehensive report after meeting with other board members, researchers and policy analysts to examine the impact of technology on teaching and standards, as well as the social and emotional health of students in relation to technology. Policy recommendations will include how to best use technology to personalize teaching and learning for all students, preparing students for computer-based assessments, developing student’s media literacy and sense of responsibility when using digital tools, and increasing a teacher’s skill at using technology in the classroom.

Dr. Vinni M. Hall of Chicago, who serves as Board Secretary, was first appointed to the State Board of Education in September 2004. She brings years of education experience, in both instruction and administration, to the State Board of Education. Dr. Hall has served as a consultant to Chicago Public Schools and the Illinois Center for Education and Rehabilitation. Dr. Hall also served as an Associate Professor/Special Education Chair at Chicago State University and Director of the Inclusive Schools Project for Chicago Public Schools. She began her teaching career at CPS in 1967.

Lanita J. Koster of Chicago was appointed to the State Board of Education in May 2008. Koster brings more than 35 years of Illinois educational experience to the Illinois State Board of Education. Most recently, she served as the educational issues director for the Illinois Federation of Teachers. She began her career as a school social worker in East Aurora School District 131.

NASBE is a nonprofit association based in Arlington, Va., that represents state and territorial boards of education. For more information, visit

The State Board of Education consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate. The board sets educational policies and guidelines for public and private schools, preschool through grade 12, as well as vocational education. It analyzes the aims, needs and requirements of education and recommends legislation to the General Assembly and Governor for the benefit of the more than 2 million schoolchildren in Illinois.