2014 Educational Technology Summit "Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era" to be held in Washington, D.C.

Featuring FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton, III, and other thought leaders to consider the current state of digital learning in America's K–12 classrooms and the need for teacher professional development

Common Sense Media
Monday, September 22, 2014

WHAT: Today's technology, used effectively, presents tremendous opportunities to engage students and personalize learning in any K-12 classroom. Building on the findings of the 2013 edtech summit on the challenges to access of quality digital-learning tools, this year's summit will focus on training and supporting teachers to succeed in a networked learning environment and provide an update on efforts to wire America's classrooms.

The summit will bring together more than 100 of the nation's top educators, policy makers, edtech industry leaders, and university leaders to develop core principles and recommendations for empowering teachers to enhance and enrich student learning in the digital classroom.


  • Preparing new teachers for networked learning environments
  • Teachers' views on professional development and digital learning
  • Administrators' role in accelerating the transition to digital learning
  • Industry and NGO support for digital learning and professional development
  • Aligning funding and policy to support teacher success in a networked learning environment


  • James Coulter, LEAD commissioner and founding partner, TPG Capital
  • James Steyer, LEAD commissioner and founder and CEO, Common Sense Media
  • Geoffrey Cowan, President, the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
  • Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
  • James H. Shelton, III, Deputy Secretary of Education
  • Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
  • Deborah Stipek, Dean, Stanford Graduate School of Education
  • Kecia Ray, Chair, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Pat Wasley, CEO, the Teaching Channel
  • Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, N.C.
  • Joshua Starr, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, Md.
  • Ruth Marcus, Columnist, Washington Post
  • Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year

WHEN: Monday, September 29, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Kaiser Family Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center

1330 G St. NW

Washington, D.C.

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

Press interested in attending the event, RSVP to [email protected]

About Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We provide parents with the advice and media reviews they need to make the best choices for their children. Through our education programs and policy efforts, Common Sense Media empowers parents, educators, and young people to become knowledgeable and responsible digital citizens. For more information, go to www.commonsense.org.

About the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., 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 and its architecture, art collections, cultural significance, and sustainable practices. More information can be found online at www.sunnylands.org.

About the LEAD Commission

Answering a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Education, experts from the education and technology fields 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.

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

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