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Digital Promise and Vancouver Public Schools to co-host National Meeting of Innovative Schools Leaders - 04/15/15
Superintendent Steve Webb will showcase Vancouver's work in digital learning at the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in Vancouver, Wash.
VANCOUVER, Wash. | April 15, 2015 ¬- Beginning this weekend, Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) will welcome to the community a select group of national education leaders who share ideas and develop action plans for using technology to support teaching and learning. The Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools' spring meeting will be held April 19-21 in Vancouver, Wash.
As a leader in leveraging digital technology to help improve student learning, VPS was a founding member of the League. In 2014, VPS was the subject of a Digital Promise case study on the leadership role of teacher librarians in the digital age. In February this year, the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education chose VPS as the second site of 12 Future Ready Regional Summits. VPS also has been the unprecedented three-time host for the National School Board Association's Technology Leadership Network.
At the League's April meeting, superintendents from around the country will participate in school visits, collaborative workshops, and a film festival showcasing the innovative work of students and educators within the League. The meeting will focus on how districts can tell their own story of innovation and engage their communities in digital transformation efforts. Corporate partners will sponsor the meeting and related activities.
Said Superintendent Webb of using digital devices to further learning, "It's not about the technology. It's about ensuring our graduates have the adaptive skills they need to thrive in an increasingly interdependent economy and global community. We're delighted to partner with the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools so that all students can benefit from this vision."
The League of Innovative Schools is a national coalition of 57 school districts that collectively represent more than three million students in 27 states. The League fosters collaboration between education leaders and entrepreneurs, researchers, and thought leaders. The goal of each meeting is to address shared priorities and set goals that district leaders will pursue throughout the year.
Vancouver Public Schools was accepted into the League through a competitive national application process, based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and dedication to collaboration. Upon joining, members commit to share lessons learned, participate in national and regional forums, and partner with research institutions, technology developers, and each other to deliver better results for students.
"Our League meetings offer district leaders a place to discuss their challenges, share successful strategies, and solve problems together," said Sara Schapiro, director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. "By bringing these districts' stories and perspectives together, we hope all of our League members come away with new ideas and practices for their communities."
Follow #LISVPS and Superintendent Steve Webb @SuptVPS on Twitter for live updates and to learn more about the meeting.
For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league. For more information on Vancouver Public Schools, visit: vansd.org.
About Digital Promise
Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education in order to improve the opportunity to learn for all Americans. Through its work with educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports a comprehensive agenda to benefit lifelong learning and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy.
Hudson's Bay High School is one of five Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national winners (Photo)
After rising above their Washington state competitors and 14 other schools from across the country, Hudson's Bay High School recently clinched one of five top spots in the 2014-15 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.
Hudson's Bay was the only school selected by Samsung employees, after an in-person presentation in New York in March. The other four national winners were chosen through either online voting or by a panel of judges.
All national award winners will receive technology packages valued at $120,000. The teams also are invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Hudson's Bay team, led by horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz and students Kassie Wielenback, Brittney Hauff and Cedric Hitzeman, is using mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.
Hudson's Bay teacher Randy Howard and students Josh Steele, Nate Adams and Nathaniel Steinauer helped the team create an informational video that factored into the selection of the top five winners.
Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow contest gives schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects among students.