November 17, 2014
CVUSD Superintendent Darryl Adams to participate in White House “ConnectED to the Future”
Posted on 11/17/2014

Thermal, CA - On Wednesday, November 19, President Obama will host “ConnectED to the Future,” a convening with superintendents, and other educators from across the country, who will lead their schools and districts in the transition to digital learning. The event builds on the momentum of the ConnectED Initiative, a plan the President announced in 2013, to connect 99% of students to high speed internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. An important part of this initiative is ensuring that digital connectivity supports innovation in America’s classrooms. That is why, this fall, the Administration launched the Future Ready Pledge to help school districts develop a culture where teachers harness the power of technology to personalize learning and provide quality digital content that fosters student inquiry and creativity. Through this pledge, superintendents from across the country are committing to lead a transition in their districts to innovative teaching using technology. Signatories will also work in partnership to share best practices with other school districts.  During the event, President Obama will host a digital pledge signing ceremony with over one hundred superintendents to be joined virtually by hundreds more across the country.


Since the President’s call to action in support of the ConnectED Initiative, more than $4 billion in public and private funding has been committed toward expanding high-speed Internet connectivity for America's schools and libraries. Additional details about the conference will be released at a later date.


Dr. Darryl Adams, Superintendent of the Coachella Valley Unified School District, where every student from preschool to high school is equipped with an iPad, stated: “I am honored to represent the good people of our school district and to support the President’s Call to Action. We, as educators and a freedom loving people, have a moral obligation to ensure that we “Eliminate the Digital Divide” and “Leave No Child Offline” in the pursuit of a premier education that prepares all students for College, Career and Citizenship.”


Dr. Darryl Adams, has also 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.


Superintendent Adams 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 other and the Education Department promising approaches to using technology in classes.


“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.

For more on the work of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology, including resources for students, parents and educators, click here.