Hoosier School Leaders Heading to White House

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Eight superintendents from school districts in Indiana are set to participate in an event at the White House Wednesday focusing on digital learning initiatives. The National Connected Superintendents Summit is part of the U.S. Department of Education's goal of connecting 99 percent of students to "next-generation" technology within five years. The Indiana superintendents are:

East Noble School Corp. - Ann Linson

Madison-Grant United School Corp. - John Trout

Metropolitan School District of Wabash County - Sandra Weaver

Paoli Community School Corp. - Casey Brewster

Porter Township School Corp. - Stacey Schmidt

Warsaw Community Schools - David Hoffert

Washington Township - Nikki Woodson

Yorktown Community Schools - Jennifer McCormick

November 17, 2014

News Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, November 19, President Obama, Secretary Duncan, and senior leadership at the US Department of Education will welcome over 100 exemplary superintendents to the White House. Selected superintendents will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. The Convening will provide opportunities for leaders to share lessons learned with each other and with ED to help disseminate promising approaches across the nation.

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. And yet, fewer than 30% of classrooms have the broadband internet to support today’s education technology needs. In June 2013, the President announced the ConnectED Initiative, starting with a goal of connecting 99% of students to next-generation connectivity within five years. Model schools and districts across the country are using technology to create personalized learning environments; technology will play an increasingly crucial role in the future.

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.

We want to specifically thank the Connected Superintendents' Technical Working Group for sharing their time and ideas with us at the Department of Education in May. As a result of their feedback, we will be able to make the White House Convening a big success.

Source: The U.S. Department of Education

November 16, 2014

News Release

WARSAW, Ind. - Dr. David Hoffert, superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools, 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.

Dr. Hoffert is among exemplary local school chiefs who will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. This unique conference will bring together officials from throughout America to share with one another and the Education Department promising approaches to using technology in classes.

In June 2013, the White House announced the ConnectED Initiative, starting with a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation connectivity within five years. Model schools and districts across the country are using technology to create personalized learning environments; technology will play an increasingly crucial role in the future.

"As the superintendent of Warsaw Community Schools (WCS), I am blessed each day by the dedicated educational staff of the schools, strong parental involvement, visionary school board, community partnerships, and motivated students enriching others while following their dreams. WCS has a special and unique story to tell, and I feel fortunate that a part of my position is getting to share our story on a local, state, and national level."

Source: Warsaw Community Schools