Fullerton School District – ConnectED D.C
For Immediate Release
1401 W. Valencia Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833
November 17, 2014
Fullerton School District Selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit at the White House in Washington, D.C.
(Fullerton, CA) – Fullerton School District, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school districts from across the United States to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Superintendent Robert Pletka is among exemplary local school chiefs who will be recognized on behalf of their school district for their leadership in helping transition their district to digital learning. This unique conference will bring together officials from throughout the United States to share with one another, and the Education Department, promising approaches to using technology in classes.
Fullerton School District was chosen from over 800 applicants and Dr. Robert Pletka will represent the District at the White House as the only school district in Orange County to be recognized. The Fullerton School District is receiving this recognition for many programs in the schools, but most notably, the 1:1 iPad Visible Innovation Program (VIP), iPersonalize, and All the Arts for All the Kids.
“Equitable access to digital information and the myriad of technology tools can help ensure students are not only consumers of information but producers of knowledge and contributors to their community,” said Dr. Robert Pletka on the importance of access to technology 24-7.
“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 both made and possible 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.”In June 2013, President Obama 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.
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