Future at Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition

Silver Spring, MD - Feb 26 9:00 am all day

Price: $1 to $50

Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professionaldevelopment for K-12 classrooms, will host Future@Now: Roadmapto the Digital Transition on February26, 2014, from 9:00am to 5:30pm ET at Discovery Communications’ globalheadquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Streaming live to a worldwide audience, thissecond annual event will focus on one of the most critical issues in educationtoday – implementing effective, district-level digital transitions that preparestudents for citizenship, college and careers. 

During last year’s Future@Now, participants celebrated thesuccesses of school systems that have begun the digital transition and raisedawareness of the importance of authentic learning environments to today’sstudents.  At this year’s event, attendees will hear from a variety ofeducation leaders about creating actionable roadmaps for transforming teachingand learning through educational technology, dynamic digital content, andjob-embedded, sustained professional development. Additional speakers offeringvaluable insight include Sujean Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy, Chobani and CommanderBrent Phillips, Director, Marketing & Outreach, U.S. NavyRecruiting Command.

Scheduled to help lead this critical dialogue is U.S. Secretary ofEducation Arne Duncan and Congressman George Miller, sponsor of the TransformingEducation through Technology Act.  Inaddition, Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County PublicSchools; Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance of Baltimore County Public Schools;Chancellor Kaya Henderson of District of Columbia Public Schools; andSuperintendent of Schools/CEO Chris Kennedy of West Vancouver School District,Canada, will offer critical perspectives on the digital transitions they areleading in their school systems.

In addition, a series of stimulating panel discussions throughoutthe day will provide participants with replicable strategies they can implementas districts create their own roadmaps for digital transitions. 

  • The Call to Action – Students Speak: Before you dive in to plan your digital transition, listen to the call to action from those who have the largest stake in its success: students. Hear how digital learning is impacting their achievement and find out how to incorporate student voices into your change movement.
  • Planning your Transition: Hear from districts that are on the cusp of launching their digital transition and the policymakers who are helping to pave the way. Government, education and private sector thought-leaders provide firsthand insight into their planning processes and navigating the leap from traditional classrooms to digital learning environments.
  • Creating a Culture and Community of Change: Listen to public and private change agents as they discuss how to create a culture of change – both inside of your school system and in your community of influence. Learn best practices about how to create a culture that maximizes the opportunities for change to flourish from some of the most successful change initiatives in the country.
  • Leading from the Front: Developing Teacher Leaders: With teachers leading everything from adoption committees to digital peer-mentoring courses, classroom educators have become a critical component of the change movement. Hear about the key roles that Teacher Leaders play in digital transitions, and the key strategies for engaging them in the process.
  • Digital by Design: Integrating Digital Resources into the Classroom: Celebrate the successes of those educators who have deployed digital textbooks in classrooms and hear their results. Gain insight about how to successfully merge digital resources and instructional methodologies to yield the best outcomes for both students and teachers.

“I am looking forward to participating in this year’s Future@Nowevent,” said Prince George’s County Public Schools’ TechnologyIntegration Specialist Stacey Montgomery. “Effecting a successful digitaltransition is an ongoing process.  The strategies I expect to learn frommy peers and others during this leadership event will support my ongoingefforts to create authentic learning environments needed and well deservedby my students.”

Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition will culminate withU.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan taking participants on a live visit toa digital classroom in Washington, D.C., as part of Discovery Education and theWhite House’s “Of the People” webinar series.“Of the People” offers middle and high school students unique access to WhiteHouse professionals, experts and personalities in a series of 30-minute virtualevents broadcast live from the White House and open to all classroomsnationwide.

“We are thrilled to host the second annual Future@Now insupport of educators worldwide, and we’re looking forward to continuing thethoughtful dialogue that began at last year’s forum,” said Bill Goodwyn,CEO, Discovery Education. “After hearing from education thought leaders ontheir personal challenges and successes with digital transformations,participants will be poised to create their own route for change and make ameaningful impact on student achievement in their own districts, schools, andclassrooms.”

Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition issupported by American Association of SchoolAdministrators (AASA), Association for Supervision andCurriculum Development (ASCD), Digital Promise, Everyone On, International Society forTechnology in Education (ISTE), National Association of ElementarySchool Principals (NAESP),National Association ofSecondary School Principals (NASSP), National School Boards Association (NSBA) and Rogers.

For more information on Future@Now: Roadmapto the Digital Transition or to registervisit http://www.discoveryeducation.com/futurenow2014.  Participate in the day’s conversation on Twitterusing #FutureNow.

For moreinformation on other Discovery Education initiatives and services, visit www.discoveryeducation.com.

Future at Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition

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