The 2014 Educational Technology Summit: Empowering Educators to Enhance Student Learning in the Digital Era

On September 29 in Washington D.C., the 2014 Education Technology Summit invited over 100 leaders in education to consider the current state of digital learning in America's K-12 classrooms and focus on the need for teacher professional development. 
Video of the discussion panels will be available soon. See highlights on the EdTechConnect Storify page here and see all comments on Twitter #edtechconnect. For more background on the 2014 summit, click here

Monday, September 29, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT

The Kaiser Family Foundation's Barbara Jordan Conference Center  
1330 G St. NW, Washington, D.C.


8:30 am 

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:00 am 


  • James Coulter, founding partner, TPG Capital; cochair, Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission
  • Geoffrey Cowan, president, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands
  • James P. Steyer, founder & CEO, Common Sense Media; cochair, Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission

9:20 am 

Remarks: James H. Shelton, III, Deputy Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education

9:40 am 

Panel I: Preparing New Teachers

What do schools of education need to do to prepare incoming teachers for a networked learning environment? 
Moderator: Ruth Marcus, columnist, Washington Post 

10:35 am 


10:50 am 

Panel II: Professional Development

Teachers’ perspectives on what’s needed for professional development and digital learning 
Moderator: Melinda G. George, president, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) 

  • Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year
  • Ruth Okoye, Ed.D., technology resource teacher, Portsmouth Public Schools, Virginia; Common Sense Media Graphite Certified Educator
  • Randi Weingarten, president, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

11:45 am 

Sunnylands Process: Assessing Priorities

Geoffrey Cowan, president, Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands 
12:00 pm 

Lunch (provided)

1:00 pm 

Panel III: Leadership Development

How can we best develop state, district, and local school administrators to lead in accelerating the transition to digital learning? 
Moderator: Jeff Mao, senior Director, Learning Solutions Program, Common Sense Media 

1:55 pm 

Panel IV: Industry & NGO Support

How can industry and NGO leaders best provide services and products to advance digital learning and professional-development tools? 
Moderator: Stacey Childress, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund 

  • Kecia Ray, Ed.D., chair, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Robert Schwartz, chief of staff & senior advisor, New Teacher Center
  • Mark Stevens, general manager, great public schools (GPS) network, National Education Association (NEA)
  • Pat Wasley, CEO, Teaching Channel

2:45 pm 


3:00 pm 

Remarks: Tom Wheeler, Federal Communications Commission Chairman

3:20 pm 

Panel V: Policy and Funding

How can funding and policy align to prepare and develop teachers in a networked learning environment? 
Moderator: James P. Steyer, founder & CEO, Common Sense Media; cochair, Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission 

  • Doug Levin, executive director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
  • The Honorable Beverly Eaves Perdue, DigiLEARN chair and former governor of North Carolina
  • LaVerne Srinivasan, acting vice president, education programs & program director, teaching and human capital management, Carnegie Corporation of New York

4:15 pm 

Next Steps

4:30 pm 


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