The Godfrey-Lee district is sending a team of school district leaders to Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth, Illinois to participate in the next of thirteen Future Ready Regional Summits, on June 15-16, designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. President Obama announced the regional summits at the ConnectED to the Future Convening, hosted at the White House Nov. 19, 2014. Superintendent David Britten was one of two Michigan participants in that White House summit last fall. This regional summit is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Superintendent Britten and our district leadership team are furthering Godfrey-Lee’s commitment to becoming future ready by engaging in a series of workshops that offer expert support to create or build upon an existing 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 underserved communities. Joining him for the regional summit are Board of Education President Eric Mockerman and Director of Technology and Media Services Daniel Townsend.
“We gathered during the school year and conducted a complete assessment of our technology initiatives to provide a more clear vision of where we want to go as a district, and what our next steps are,” Britten remarked. “We’ve been a leader in West Michigan in the integration of technology into our teaching and learning, and for the benefit of our students, we want to be sure our district remains on the cutting edge.”
“Superintendents provide critical leadership to ensure that every child in their district benefits from what we know matters and what we know works for kids,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Future Ready Regional Summits will be a forum where local leaders can share knowledge with their peers, engage leaders from outside their region and better equip themselves with skills and tools necessary to provide students with what they need to be successful in life.”
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 regional summits are expected to engage more than 1,800 district leaders nationwide.
“Future ready is about helping district leaders leverage technology to empower teachers, engage students, and close persistent equity gaps by creating a learning environment where all students have access to the tools and expertise they need to be prepared for the future,” said Richard Culatta, director of the Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology (OET).
The summits 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 1,800 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge.
For more information about the OET, including resources for students, parents and educators, visit http://tech.ed.gov. #FutureReady