Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton to Discuss Role of Technology in Education, Entrepreneurship During Platform Summit 2014 at Morehouse College

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Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton will discuss educational technology, innovation in education and entrepreneurship at the Platform Summit 2014 at Morehouse College in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 25, at The Ray Charles Performing Arts Center.

In a one-on-one conversation with Platform founder Hank Williams, Shelton will address a range of ED activities, including Connected Educator Month and the role of technology in educational equity, which is being addressed by the Future Ready Pledge taken by districts across the country committed to providing connectivity and personalized learning for all of America's students. Shelton, a Morehouse alumnus, also will discuss President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, which is aimed at creating pathways to success for all youth, including men and boys of color.

The summit aims to highlight diversity issues and gathers a community of people working in technology, science, art and entrepreneurship with the goals of inspiring the next generation of innovators to participate in the technology industry and, more broadly, the innovation economy.

The Obama Administration strongly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and education is crucial to the economic strength and security of our nation and communities. The Department of Education’s work is focused on ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for success in life and their career, through programs including ConnectED, Race to the Top, School Improvement Grants, as well as the Department’s work to expand access to preschool and make college more affordable.