MI Superintendent Joins Discovery Education to Discuss Future of Digital Learning

WHAT:     Michigan Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns of Utica Community Schools will come together with leading educational strategists, school district leaders and students from across the country Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Discovery Communications’ to discuss the State of Digital Learning.  Digital learning brings the world to classrooms, empowers educators, inspires and engages students and provides them with the skills to be college and career ready.

Discovery Education and Digital Promise, in conjunction with Connect2Compete, Education Research Development Institute, International Society for Technology Education, National Council of Educational Research and Training and other leading national and state-level education organizations, are launching the inaugural Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms conference that will gather both public sector and private industry thought-leaders from across the country to discuss one of the most important issues in education today – the state of digital learning.

Launching a year after the Federal Communications Commission and Department Of Education’s Digital Textbook Playbook initiative, the goal of Future@Now: Transition to Digital Classrooms is to raise awareness about the benefits of digital learning and celebrate the successes of districts that have already deployed digital textbooks in meaningful ways in their classrooms.

During the event, Dr. Christine Johns will lead the Visionaries session on districts that are on the cutting edge of launching digital textbook initiatives.

WHO:     Dr. Christine Johns, Superintendent, Utica Community Schools
Dr. Christine Johns is the Superintendent of Utica Community Schools, Michigan’s second-l  argest school district. Under her leadership, the district has earned a national reputation for its innovative use of technology to personalize instruction. Dr. Johns is a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools and previously served as deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Baltimore County Schools (MD). She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and both M.S. and Ed.D. degrees in Educational Administration from Harvard University.

WHEN:    Thursday, April 11, 2013 6:00AM – 5:00PM ET for live, taped, and live-to-tape radio interviews


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