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 Four Local Superintendents Heading to White House

​Four San Diego County superintendents will visit the White House this month as part of an education summit focused on digital learning.

Duane Coleman of Oceanside Unified School District, John Collins of Poway Unified School District, Frankie Escobedo of Chula Vista Elementary School District, and Devin Vodicka of Vista Unified School District are among 100 school leaders picked by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Nov. 19 at the White House.

They will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. This unique conference will bring together officials from throughout the nation to share promising approaches to using technology in classes.

“This prestigious invite is an exceptional opportunity for our district to strengthen our efforts to enhance technology district-wide while promoting critical 21st-century learning skills,” Dr. Coleman said.

The White House summit will be followed by a series of regional summits that will focus on the progress made by local school districts through digital education and what is possible. The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.

“School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.  “We want to make sure every child – whether he or she is in the inner city, in a rural community, or on a Native American reservation – has access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”