Superintendent Jay Eitner Sends Two Different District’s Leadership Teams to Participate in Future Ready Regional Summit

Eitner is partaking in a conference that is focusing on our students and helping our teachers prepare for the future.

Superintendent Jay Eitner authorized two separate school districts to participate in the Future Ready Regional Summits, 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. The summits are hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Superintendent Jay Eitner has sent two districts to partake in the training, showing all districts that can and will be done.

“Superintendent Eitner is once again raising the bar for his districts and the rest of the state by partaking in a conference that is focusing on our students and helping our teachers prepare for the future.”

Jay Eitner and his district leadership team are furthering school 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.

“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 former 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. The other Regional Summits will be in Raleigh, North Carolina; Houston, Texas; Vancouver, Washington; Phoenix, Arizona; Atlanta, Georgia; St. Louis, Missouri; Providence, Rhode Island; Denver, Colorado; Wadsworth, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Orange County, California and Mountain View, California. .

“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.

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