Future Ready Regional Summits will offer district teams time and space to make a thoughtful plan for how technology can be used to improve student learning. The agenda will be "brand agnostic" and focus on a comprehensive set of issues that need to be addressed to ensure a smooth transition to digital learning. A key goal is to help district leaders become more informed consumers when decisions about specific technologies are being made. These issues include:
- curriculum, instruction, and assessment;
- professional learning;
- technology, networks, and hardware;
- budget and resources;
- data and privacy;
- use of time; and
- community partnerships.
Trained facilitators skilled at using technology and digital learning effectively, many of them coalition partners, lead the regional summits. The summits highlight experiences of districts in each region and offer district leaders tangible ways to build capacity among their teams and throughout their districts. Each team will leave with a concrete action plan for creating a Future Ready school district. The summits also encourage cross-district collaboration as participants join an active network of regional experts and other district leaders committed to sharing information and lessons learned.
Please Note: There are opportunities for scholarships granted to district teams who apply and demonstrate need. Travel and lodging expenses will be reimbursed when district teams are accepted for a scholarship and complete the expectations listed above. These funds are subject to availability and preference will be given to district teams from rural locations more than two hours driving time to their closest regional summit.
The district leadership team should consist of up to four colleagues including the superintendent. The additional teammates should be in roles of responsibility that include technology, curriculum, and/or professional learning. It is also suggested that district leaders consider including a school principal on the team, or plan ways of gathering the school based perspective consistently. Please note that the superintendent is required to attend (no substitutions) and the entire team must commit to attending the full summit.