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U.S. Education Department Announces Future Ready Regional Summits

Posted on 01/22/2015

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The US Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a coalition of more than 36 content partners will host a series of Future Ready Regional Summits to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology.

The summits follow a Connected to the Future External link opens in new window or tab convening hosted by President Obama at the White House in November that featured 115 local superintendents from across the country. The summits offer school district leaders expert support to create a digital learning plan that aligns with instructional best practices, is implemented by highly trained teachers, and leads to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.

"These summits will highlight the critical role of district leaders in creating future-ready schools by setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content and expertise necessary to thrive in a connected world," said Richard Culatta External link opens in new window or tab, director of the Department's Office of Educational Technology. "Being 'future-ready' means developing the human and technological capacity needed to transform teaching and personalize learning using digital tools."

The summits are open to district leadership teams on a first-come basis from districts where the superintendent has signed the Future Ready District Pledge External link opens in new window or tab. Already, more than 1,300 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge.

The summits are an important step to realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative External link opens in new window or tab announced by President Obama in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high speed internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. The summits are expected to engage more than 1,300 district leaders nationwide. For more information on the regional summits please visit http://www.FutureReadySchools.org External link opens in new window or tab.