Unit 4 Leadership Team to Participate in Future Ready Regional Summit in St. Louis, MO

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:33am

​Champaign Unit 4 School District Superintendent and a team of District leaders will participate in the Future Ready Regional Summit in St. Louis, Missouri April 28-29, which is designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. The Summit is part of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative and is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education with Afton School District.

This year, Superintendent Wiegand took the Future Ready District Pledge with more than 1,500 superintendents nationwide. The Regional Summit will bring together Districts that have also taken the pledge and committed to developing the human and technological capacity needed to transform teaching and personalize learning using digital tools.

“We have been working diligently to ensure our Unit 4 students and teachers have the access to technology and support they need to be successful in the classroom,” said Superintendent Wiegand. “As we look toward the future, not only do we want to continue to bring uniformity to the technology in each classroom across the District, we want to strategically align our practices and resources to keep student learning at the center of our efforts. The Future Ready Regional Summit will provide our team the opportunity to use the Future Ready Framework to not only reflect on what we have already accomplished, but also collaborate and problem-solve with other school district leaders as we plan for the future.”

Superintendent Dr. Judy Wiegand and her district leadership team are furthering Unit 4’s commitment to becoming future ready by engaging in a series of workshops that offer expert support to create or build upon an existing digital learning plan that aligns with instructional best practices, is implemented by highly trained teachers, and leads to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities.

“Superintendents provide critical leadership to ensure that every child in their district benefits from what we know matters and what we know works for kids,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Future Ready Regional Summits will be a forum where local leaders can share knowledge with their peers, engage leaders from outside their region and better equip themselves with skills and tools necessary to provide students with what they need to be successful in life.”

The summits are an important step toward realizing the goals of the ConnectED Initiative announced by President Obama in 2013 to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet and empower teachers with the technology they need to transform teaching and learning. The regional summits are expected to engage more than 1,800 district leaders nationwide.

 “Future ready is about helping district leaders leverage technology to empower teachers, engage students, and close persistent equity gaps by creating a learning environment where all students have access to the tools and expertise they need to be prepared for the future,” said Richard Culatta, director of the Education Department’s Office of Educational Technology (OET).

For more information about the OET, including resources for students, parents and educators, visit http://tech.ed.gov.  #FutureReady