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Maricopa County Superintendent invited to summit at White House


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  • Laurie King/Maricopa County Education Service Agency

Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent Of  Schools, Was Selected By The U.S. Department Of Education As One Of 100 Top School Leaders From Across America And Invited To The First-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 At The White House.

Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent of  Schools, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America. He has been invited to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House.

Recognized For Digital Learning

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Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America and invited to the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at the White House.

Superintendent Covey is among exemplary school chiefs who will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition districts to digital learning.  This unique conference will bring together education officials from throughout America. They will share with one other and the Education Department promising approaches to using technology in classes.

The U.S. Department of Education selected Covey because of how MCESA is using videoconferencing technology to bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals into classrooms that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to converse with these experts.

MCESA has equipped classrooms with high definition videoconferencing equipment and provided the students in those classrooms each a tablet computer, empowering them to electronically share work, demonstrate concepts and have small group discussions with peers, instructors and STEM mentors across great distances.

Connecting 99% Of Students

In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative, starting with a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation connectivity within five years. Model schools and districts across the country are using technology to create personalized learning environments; technology will play an increasingly crucial role in the future.

“School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  “We want to make sure every child – whether he or she is in the inner-city, in a rural community or on a Native American reservation – has access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Effective Uses Of Technology

MCESA is being recognized for demonstrating effective use of technology in some of the following ways:

  • Fostering and leading a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship;
  • Empowering educators with professional learning opportunities;
  • Accelerating progress toward universal access to quality devices;
  • Providing access to quality digital content;
  • Creating access, equity, and excellence – particularly in rural, remote, and low-income districts;
  • Sharing best practices and mentoring other districts in the transition to digital learning.

Beyond The White House Summit 

The White House summit will be followed by a series of 12-15 regional summits that will focus on the digital progress both made and possible by local school districts.  The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.

For more information on MCESA’s Engineering STEM Identity program, visit MCESA’s Future Ready webpage. For more information on National Connected Superintendents Summit, visit here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:  Laurie King, Director of Learning and Communications at Maricopa County Education Service Agency, 4041 N. Central Ave., Ste. 1200, Phoenix, AZ 85012, 602-372-3704, laurie.king@mcesa.maricopa.gov

Maricopa County Education Service Agency

The Maricopa County Education Service Agency and its staff of expert practitioners and service-oriented professionals are dedicated to ensuring that the more than 700,000 school-age children in the county graduate college- and career-ready by building alliance partnerships to provide leadership, services and programs in the areas of Educational Innovation, Economic Management and Executive Leadership. Under the direction of the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, the agency is also statutorily responsible for approximately 160 mandates related to education in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous county and home to 63 percent of all school-age children in Arizona.