The summits, designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology, are being hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission and a coalition of more than 36 partners. President Obama announced the regional summits at the ConnectED to the Future convening, hosted at the White House Nov. 19, 2014. The summits are an important step toward realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative 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 summit in Raleigh is part of N.C. State’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. As director of the Office of Educational Technology (OET), Culatta is leading the Department’s efforts to hold these meetings, designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. A tentative agenda for this summit can be found here.
The other 11 summits will be in Vancouver, Washington; Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; West Warwick, Rhode Island; St. Louis, Missouri; Redwood City, California; Denver, Colorado; Wadsworth, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Dallas, Texas. The summits – expected to engage more than 1,300 district leaders nationwide – are open to district leadership teams that have made a commitment to developing the human and technological capacity needed to transform teaching and personalize learning using digital tools, by signing the Future Ready District Pledge. Already, more than 1,600 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge.
For more information about OET, including resources for students, parents and educators, visit http://tech.ed.gov or follow #FutureReady.