2013 Educational Technology Summit “Connected Learning in the Digital Age: Improving American Education Through Technology” to be held in Washington, D.C.

Summit will address accessibility of high-speed broadband Internet, supporting teachers in the digital classroom, and more

Common Sense Media
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WHAT: Private and public sector leaders from both parties agree that making better use of educational technology is critical to improving America's K-12 education, and that all students and teachers need access to high-speed broadband Internet and digital learning tools. But there are vital questions about how to achieve these goals as quickly, ubiquitously, and cost-effectively as possible.

At this one-day summit, education and broadband experts, business leaders, and senior policymakers will discuss the findings of the LEAD Commission and how to advance key education technology goals, including how best to streamline and modernize E-Rate, ensure the availability of effective digital learning content, and support teachers in the digital classroom.

KEY TOPICS: (Full agenda available upon request.)

8:35 a.m. - WELCOME

8:40 – 9:30 - Findings of the LEAD Commission

9:30 – 10:00 - The ConnectED Initiative: A Conversation with Gene Sperling

10:00 – 11:00 - State of Blended Learning in America's Schools

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. - Connecting America's Schools

12:30 – 1:30 - WORKING SESSIONS: Digital Learning Content: Evaluating What Works/ Preparing Teachers for the Digital Classroom

1:30 – 2:00 - Education Technology Policy 2.0

2:00 – 2:45 – How Can Policy Accelerate the Education Technology Market

2:45 – 3:00 - CLOSING REMARKS


John Bailey, executive director, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Katherine Brittain Bradley, president, CityBridge Foundation

Judy Burton, president and CEO, Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Steve Case, CEO, Revolution

Chelsea Clinton, board member, Common Sense Media

Mignon Clyburn, commissioner and acting chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

James Coulter, LEAD commissioner and founding partner, TPG Capital

Geoffrey Cowan, president, The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

Susan Crown, chairman and founder SCE

Rep. John Delaney (D-Maryland)

Mark Edwards, Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District Superintendent; National Superintendent of the Year

Joel Klein, CEO, Amplify, and former chancellor, New York City Department of Education

Julius Genachowski, senior fellow, Aspen Institute, and former chair, Federal Communications Commission

Bill Goodwyn, president, Discovery Education

Maria Klawe, president, Harvey Mudd College

Doug Levin, executive director, State Educational Technology Directors Association

Lillian Lowery, Maryland state superintendent of schools

Tom Luna, Idaho superintendent of public instruction

John Manahan, regional director, Rocketship Education

Jeff Mao, learning technology policy director for Maine

Evan Marwell, CEO and co-founder, Education SuperHighway

Ted Mitchell, president and CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund

Kyle Morean, technology and media literacy teacher at Thurgood Marshall Academy, City Bridge Education innovation fellow

Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner, Federal Communications Commission

Rob Shanahan, president and CEO, Lightower

Jim Shelton, acting deputy secretary, U.S. Department of Education

Gene Sperling, director of National Economic Council

James Steyer, LEAD commissioner, founder and CEO, Common Sense Media

Tom Stritikus, dean, University of Washington College of Education

Eric Westendorf, co-founder, LearnZillion

Bob Wise, president, Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

8 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

901 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

This event will be webcast. To access the live webcast, visit http://www.sunnylands.org/edtechconnect

About Common Sense Media

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About The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating entity. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands hosts high-level retreats that address serious issues facing the nation and the world, including the recent official meeting between President Obama and President Xi of the People's Republic of China. In addition, Sunnylands offers programs through the Sunnylands Center & Gardens to educate the public about the history of Sunnylands, its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices. More information may be found online at sunnylands.org.

About the LEAD Commission

Answering a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Education, experts from across the education and technology space formed the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission. The Commission has developed a blueprint, detailing the opportunity for using technology as a catalyst to transform and improve American education. For more information, visit www.leadcommission.org

About NewSchools

NewSchools Venture Fund is a not-for-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs in creating innovative ways to improve K-12 public education. We blend the best of philanthropy and capital markets to ensure an excellent education is available to every child. We actively share what we've learned through our investments, bring together educational leaders from across the country, and advocate for smart policies at the federal level. Learn more at www.newschools.org.

For information about other organizing partners, visit sunnylands.org; www.leadcommission.org, and www.newschools.org

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