by Mike Lawrence, CUE CEO
The Future Ready effort, representing more than 2,000 Superintendents and almost 14 million students nationwide, recently welcomed CUE’s CEO Mike Lawrence, Director of Academic Innovation Jon Corippo, CUE Board Secretary-elect Jason Borgen, and Lead 3 Convener Rowland Baker to Washington DC for a one day meeting at the White House. Also present was longtime CUE member and first lead learner, Mark Wagner. CUE was unique among the partners in its level of participation in the event.
On Friday, June 26, an already historic day to be in D.C., CUE representatives joined fellow Future Ready Schools Coalition Partners at the White House to brainstorm ‘phase 2’ of the wildly successful effort to move education forward. The meeting was kicked off by Roberto Rodriguez, President Obama’s White House Deputy Assistant for Education and was facilitated by the Department of Education’s Technology trifecta of Richard Culatta, Katrina Stevens and Joseph South.
The department’s team shared that a total of 2,011 district leaders attended the 12 summits, reaching over 4 million students. In early August, another ~250 district leadership teams are expected at the final SoCal Summit on August 5-6 at the Orange County Department of Education. Invitees celebrated the two year anniversary of the President’s ConnectEd initiative and were given data on the unprecedented impact of the initiative’s efforts to connect students. Part of the agenda for the day’s meeting included planning the next phase of Future Ready events and activities. Additional summits were announced along with a new ‘inspiring stories’ section of the tech.ed.gov/stories site and a soon-to-be-launched set of 50 ‘virtual site visits’ to be part of a personalized video playlist for schools.
TICAL shared the recent successful online leadership summit they produced with over 600 registered attendees and powerful sessions, panels and keynotes. CUE was also able to share its free Super Symposium for Future Ready Superintendents to be held at Hearst Castle on July 30-31 and upcoming Rock Star Admin Camps to be held at Skywalker Ranch at Big Rock and Soka University.
Mike Lawrence is CUE’s Chief Executive Officer. An educator for the last 20 years, he worked as a teacher, administrator, and professional developer prior to starting at CUE in 2005. He received the CUE Gold Disk in 2010 and recently served two terms on the ISTE Board of Directors. He is the Director of the California Student Media Festival, was named one of NSBA’s “20 to Watch in Educational Technology” in 2012, and received ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award in 2013. | firstname.lastname@example.org @