School leaders commit to 'Future Ready' initiative

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President Barack Obama spoke to school district leaders Wednesday.
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Wednesday, President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and more than 100 school district superintendents launched the Future Ready Schools Initiative.

The initiative focuses on ensuring every student has access to “effective technology and quality teaching” for the opportunity of being prepared in their future endeavor.  

Public, nonprofit and private resources support the initiative and implementation of the technological resources.

“The Future Ready Schools Initiative comes at a critical time as districts embrace college and career readiness as the goal for all students and recognize the potential of digital tools to help teachers personalize learning for each student,” said Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise. “It will help districts avoid pitfalls that are sometimes associated with technology purchases and planning while ensuring that school leaders, teachers, and students receive the support and tools they need to implement technology effectively.”

Several superintendents who attended Wednesday also took the Future Ready District Pledge, which is a commitment to work with educators, families and community members to make schools “future ready.”

The next step of the initiative will be a series of regional summits in 2015 held n several major metropolitan areas, such as St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Denver and Seattle, where facilitators will discuss a number of issues regarding student learning. Topic areas include community partnerships, professional learning, and budget and resources.

The dates of each regional summit are as follows: 

Raleigh, NC: Feb. 11-12

Vancouver, WA: Feb. 17-18

Baltimore, MD: March 2-3

Atlanta, GA:  March 25-26

Phoenix, AZ: April 13-14

Providence, RI: April 21-22

St. Louis, MO: April 28-29

San Francisco, CA: May 4-5

Denver, CO: June 11-12

Chicago, IL: June 15-16

Pittsburgh, PA: June 22-23

Dallas, TX: June TBD

The Future Ready Pledge is open to all school districts, and the regional summits are designed for school district leaders.

This latest effort is also a part of the president’s ConnectED initiative, which has the goal of ensuring that by 2017, 99 percent of American students will have access to high-speed Internet.

For more information on the Future Ready Initiative as well as how are school districts can become involved, visit the Future Ready website.