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Superintendent Tarasevich to Visit the White House!

posted Nov 14, 2014, 12:38 PM by James Monti   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 12:41 PM ]
Superintendent Tarasevich received the following letter from the White House today. Needless to say we are proud of her recognition, and know she'll do our community proud when she represents the West Warwick Public Schools and the State of Rhode Island next week in Washington, D.C.

Dear Superintendent Tarasevich,

I'm thrilled to announce that the White House has advised the press that the President will be hosting the "ConnectED to the Future" convening which will formally launch the Future Ready Schools initiative on Wednesday, November 19th. Your name and district participation have been posted on our website, and the ED and White House communication teams will be reaching out to local and national press about the event. 

Please read the draft agenda and the following directions extremely carefully:
The White House Social Office will be emailing you shortly with a formal invitation to the event and details on their security protocols. You should complete this request immediately upon receiving the invitation. 

Digital Signing Ceremony
We will be asking you to use your device to digitally sign the Pledge. In order to do this, you will need to:
  1. Download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for whatever device, preferably a tablet, you plan to bring to the Convening. Adobe Acrobat Pro can also work.
  2. Load this file, a PDF of the Future Ready Pledge, into Adobe Reader.
  3. Practice using the “pen” feature of the available “tools” - you’ll use your finger like a pen to sign your name on the bottom of the page.
  4. Press save!
  5. Make sure your version looks something like the sample.
If you need help or want to do a test-run, please bring your device to the reception on the 18th where a member of our team will ensure that you are prepared to properly participate in the ceremony.

By now you should have been contacted by the ED communications team about a local media strategy and the White House has officially released a national press advisory. Please feel encouraged to personally publicize your participation in the event through social media, blogging, and local outlets. Remember to use #FutureReady!

An initial story about the Convening can be found here.

Future Ready Is
Participate in the "Future Ready Is" campaign and tell us (and our social media followers) what Future Ready means to you! As signers of the pledge and leaders helping transition your districts to digital learning, you recognize that Future Ready means more than just infrastructure – it’s about empowering school and teacher leaders to effectively use technology to impact student learning. Please take a look at the seven pillars of the Future Ready pledge, find what speaks to you, and craft your Future Ready Is message to share.

How to participate in the “Future Ready Is” campaign:
  1. Craft your "Future Ready Is" message to tell others what Future Ready means to you.
  2. Write your message on the template or type/write it on a tablet! Click to see anexample.
  3. Starting immediately, tweet your photo and message with the hashtag “#FutureReady”
Looking forward to seeing you next Wednesday!
Seth Andrew

Office of Educational Technology
US Department of Education