Pendergast Chosen to Participate in “Future Ready” Regional Summit

District will improve teaching and knowledge acquisition through effective use of digital learning

March 9, 2015 - At twelve select locations throughout the country, school district leadership teams will collaborate and improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology through Future Ready Summits. The summits are free of charge and are led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education with support from the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a coalition of more than thirty-five content partners. Nearly 500 school district leaders nationwide are expected to participate directly in the summits and more than 1,300 additional district leaders will benefit.

“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.”

“Future Ready is exactly what we want our students to be,” According to Lily Matos DeBlieux, Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District. Our team will engage in this summit on April 13-14 in order to benefit our students and enhance the use of technology in their learning goals. We greatly anticipate how we can utilize this information and apply it to the sets of skills our students will need to succeed in the future including thinking, creating and problem solving.”

The summits will focus on a comprehensive set of issues that drive student learning including: curriculum, instruction, and assessment; professional learning; technology, networks, and hardware; budget and resources; data and privacy; use of time; and community partnerships.

The summits will provide district leaders with the resources and expert support to build digital learning plans that align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.