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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A">Today on the</span></i></b><b><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Cambria&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;;color:#5F497A"> ETNews Listserv<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#76923C">ITEM:&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#E46C0A">The USDOE Announces the Future Ready District Pledge
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">At the request of the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education, I wanted to share the following information with you.&nbsp; This message is targeted
 to local school superintendents.&nbsp; Please pass it along as appropriate, and consider taking the pledge.<br>
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Today the Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education is releasing the Future Ready District Pledge, a roadmap to achieve success in the conversion to personalized digital learning and calling on education leaders like you to demonstrate your
 commitment to leading this transformation by signing the Pledge. Selected Future Ready District Pledge signatories will be invited to join us on Oct. 7th at the White House while others will participate digitally in a virtual signing ceremony.&nbsp; Signatories
 will also be invited to attend Future Ready regional summits where they will learn more about the cutting edge of personalized digital learning, how to implement the technical infrastructure to support it, and how to access millions of dollars in funding to
 help actualize the commitments outlined in the Pledge.<br>
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As a leader you are on the forefront of the transition to personalized digital learning.&nbsp; From the launch of the President's ConnectED Initiative and the commitment of billions of dollars from the private sector, to the recent modernization of the federal E-Rate
 program, and the increased flexibility in federal funds, collectively we have made great strides in bringing high-speed connectivity to students across the country. The U.S. Department of Education is further committed to supporting you with new professional
 development tools and digital learning resources to build upon this foundation and help all schools and districts become #FutureReady.<br>
<br>
We hope you will review and electronically sign the pledge today!<br>
<br>
Thank you once again for your hard work helping our nation's students become college, career, and Future Ready.<br>
<br>
Sincerely,<br>
<br>
Seth Andrew<br>
Senior Advisor, Educational Technology<br>
Superintendent-in-Residence, Office of the Secretary<br>
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<strong><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready FAQ</span></u></strong></b><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">1. What is the <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready District Pledge?</span></em><o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The
<a href="http://tech.ed.gov/futurereadypledge/" target="_blank"><em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">Future Ready District Pledge</span></em></a> is a commitment by superintendents to work with educators, families, and community
 members to help achieve a district of Future Ready schools. The <em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready District Pledge</span></em> is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve successful personalized digital learning for every student
 and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards our shared vision of preparing students for success in college, careers and citizenship.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">2. What are Future Ready Schools?<o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready schools successfully incorporate the infrastructure, devices, professional development, content and human capacity necessary to successfully implement
 the <a href="http://tech.ed.gov/connected/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">ConnectED Initiative</span></a> and have become local exemplars of an effective transition to digital learning.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">3. What do superintendents receive for taking the
<em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready District Pledge</span></em>?<o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Superintendents will be invited to attend regional summits where best practices around digital learning leadership will be shared. Regional summit attendees may also
 have access to consulting services from leading information technology providers.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">4. Why should a superintendent take the
<em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready District Pledge</span></em>?<o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">In addition to participation in the Regional Summits and consulting services, all pledging superintendents become part of an online community of Future Ready district
 leaders.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">5. When does a superintendent take the pledge?<o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Superintendents can take the pledge via the
<a href="http://tech.ed.gov/futurereadypledge/" target="_blank"><em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">Future Ready District Pledge</span></em></a> page today! In addition, 100 select superintendents will take the pledge in-person
 during the <a href="http://tech.ed.gov/superintendentsummit/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">Superintendents' Summit</span></a> at the White House. Superintendents nationwide will be able to view a livestream
 of the ceremony in their home district and virtually join the 100 superintendents in signing the Pledge.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">6. I'm not a superintendent. How can I help to ensure my schools are Future Ready?<o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Please share the
<em><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready District Pledge</span></em> with your superintendent. Click here to
<a href="mailto:%20?subject=Sign%20the%20Future%20Ready%20District%20Pledge%21&amp;body=Here%27s%20a%20link%20to%20the%20Future%20Ready%20District%20Pledge:%20http://tech.ed.gov/futurereadypledge/.%20Let%27s%20make%20our%20district%20Future%20Ready%21">
<span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">share the Future Ready District Pledge.</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">7. What Future Ready resources are currently available?<o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">The Office of Educational Technology's website includes&nbsp;resources for
<a href="http://tech.ed.gov/for-students-and-families/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">Students and Families</span></a>,
<a href="http://tech.ed.gov/teachers/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">Teachers</span></a>, and
<a href="http://tech.ed.gov/district-and-state-leaders/" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#0066CC">District and State Leaders</span></a>. In addition, several detailed guides will be released in conjunction with the Superintendents'
 Summit.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<h4><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">8. Who should we contact with more questions?<o:p></o:p></span></h4>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:.5in"><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">For more information, please contact Seth Andrew, Superintendent in Residence, at superintendents [at] ed.gov<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<strong><u><span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Additional links and information:</span></u></strong>
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<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">About the Future Ready District Pledge:
<a href="http://tech.ed.gov/futurereadypledge/"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">http://tech.ed.gov/futurereadypledge/</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready District Pledge FAQ: <a href="http://tech.ed.gov/futureready-faq/">
<span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">http://tech.ed.gov/futureready-faq/</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></li><li class="MsoNormal" style="mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1">
<span style="font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">Future Ready District Pledge - sign up page for superintendents:
<a href="http://tech.ed.gov/pledge"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;">http://tech.ed.gov/pledge</span></a><o:p></o:p></span></li></ul>
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