Connecting All Schools to the Digital Age

In a time of continued economic stress, states are asked to increase efforts in public education. Digital learning offers a new direction for students, teachers and school districts. Opportunities exist to customize and personalize education so students receive the tools they need to engage in their instruction and become self-directed learners. Digital learning also opens the door to connect students across the state, region and nation with instructional content and practices they may not otherwise receive. This CSG Education Policy Academy provided resources to ensure students are college- and career-ready. Attendees engaged with speakers on a variety of strategic policy examples and programmatic solutions. Speakers also shared best practices and innovations through both regional and national examples.

CSG’s Center for Innovation & Transformation in Education
Digital Learning and STEM Initiatives 
September 18-19, 2013

In a time of continued economic stress, states are asked to increase efforts in public education. Digital learning offers a new direction for students, teachers and school districts. Opportunities exist to customize and personalize education so students receive the tools they need to engage in their instruction and become self-directed learners. Digital learning also opens the door to connect students across the state, region and nation with instructional content and practices they may not otherwise receive. This CSG Education Policy Academy provided resources to ensure students are college- and career-ready. Attendees engaged with speakers on a variety of strategic policy examples and programmatic solutions. Speakers also shared best practices and innovations through both regional and national examples.
 
Presentation by John White, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, U.S. Department of Education
 

John White
Mr. White is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach within the Office of Communications and Outreach at the U.S. Department of Education. He oversees day-to-day communication and outreach to rural schools, colleges, other stakeholders, and the media covering issues related to education in rural areas. He represents the Secretary of Education on the White House Rural Council and is the Secretary’s designee to the Interagency Coordinating Council for the Appalachian Regional Development Initiative (ARDI). President Obama created the new White House Rural Council by executive order in June 2011 to work across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. ARDI is designed to better deploy and coordinate federal resources in a targeted way to strengthen and diversify the Appalachian economy.

Mr. White has held communications positions in the public and private sectors, and began his career as a newspaper journalist. He joined the U.S. Department of Education in May 2009 after serving as the Chief Communications Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland for five school years.

John has facilitated department-wide communication and a better understanding of rural issues, drawing upon public input, visits to rural communities throughout the nation, and the experiences of his youth. John was raised in Calvert County, MD in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when there were only two high schools, tobacco fields and family farms in between.