Superintendent Visits White House for Summit
Dr. Russell Booker joined 100 school leaders from model districts nationwide who were selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the first National Connected Superintendents Summit held Wednesday, November 19, at the White House. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, and senior U.S. Department of Education staff recognized the selected superintendents for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning.
The meeting was building on the momentum of Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. The initiative aims to connect 99% of students across the country to broadband in five years, and is about empowering teachers and students with the best technology and the ability to make the most of it.
During the summit Dr. Booker signed the Future Ready Pledge demonstrating his commitment to work collaboratively with key district stakeholders to set a vision for digital learning, to empower educators through personalized professional learning, and to mentor other district leaders in the transition to digital learning.
Dr. Booker said, “The entire District Seven family has been a part of this one-to-one journey from the very beginning, so being at the White House is a red-letter day for all of us.” You can follow Dr. Booker’s trip to the White House on Twitter @rwBookerRussell #D7Super.
In 2013, the District implemented Seven Ignites, the one-to-one initiative that supplied MacBook Air laptops to all students in grades 6-12 and iPads to those in grades 3-5 with the goal of harnessing technology to prepare students to be college, career, and citizenship. “This summit at the White House serves to spotlight the promising practices of our technology and innovation,” said Dr. Booker. “We have provided our students with the tools to be creative and become expert communicators, collaborators, and critical thinkers. We’re on the vanguard among our peers in public education, and for that I thank the willingness of our Board of Trustees, the District Seven community and our team of educators who are committed to giving our children a leading edge.”