Mentor’s Superintendent Selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House
November 19, 2014 – Mentor Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House. Mr. Miller is one of only two superintendents selected to represent Ohio at this summit.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Education said Mr. Miller is among exemplary local school chiefs and will be recognized for his leadership in helping transition Mentor Schools to digital learning. As part of this recognition, he is attending a unique conference that brings together officials from throughout America to share with one another and the Education Department promising approaches to using technology in classes.
“School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “We want to make sure every child – whether he or she is in the inner-city, in a rural community or on a Native American reservation – has access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The White House summit will be followed by a series of 12-15 regional summits that will focus on the digital progress made by local school districts. The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.
To help spotlight the value of technology in schools, the Education Department is sponsoring a Future Ready Initiative aimed at showcasing outstanding school leadership and strategies.
“The Future Ready Initiative highlights the critical role of district leaders in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary for thriving in a connected world,” said Richard Culatta, director of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology.
Future Ready superintendents demonstrate effective use of technology in some of the following ways:
· Fostering and leading a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship;
· Transitioning schools and families to high-speed connectivity;
· Empowering educators with professional learning opportunities;
· Accelerating progress toward universal access to quality devices;
· Providing access to quality digital content;
· Creating access, equity, and excellence – particularly in rural, remote, and low-income districts;
· Offering digital tools to students and families to help them prepare for success in college;
· Sharing best practices and mentoring other districts in the transition to digital learning.
“Technology has the potential to transform education in America, allowing students to learn more, to do so at their own pace, and to develop the knowledge and skills employers demand,” Culatta said. “And yet, fewer than 30 percent of classrooms have the broadband internet to support today’s education technology needs.”
Fortunately, in Mentor Schools all of our classrooms have high speed internet available as we continue to advance our instructional practices toward the blended learning model. You can follow Mr. Miller at the Future Ready Superintendent Summit on Twitter @MentorSuper.
Here's video from some portions of the summit: