Corona-Norco Unified School District's Superintendent Dr. Michael Lin Selected for National ConnectED Superintendents Summit Wednesday at White House
Dr. Michael Lin, superintendent of the Corona-Norco Unified School District, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 117 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House.
Superintendent Dr. Lin is among exemplary local school chiefs who will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. This unique conference will bring together officials from throughout America to share with one another and the Education Department promising to use technology to transform teaching and approaches to instruction that are student-centered.
"I am proud to represent CNUSD, in addition to Riverside County, as one of the 100 school superintendents in the nation to lead capacity building for education technology. I believe this important endeavor begins with a solid foundation of technology infrastructure," said Dr. Lin. "The CNUSD Board of Trustees has established education technology as a priority in our Local Control Accountability Plan, and the community has recently validated this by passing a local school improvement bond measure," he added. "I am honored and humbled by this nomination and look forward to working with the nation's superintendents in getting our schools’ technology ready for the future. Our goal is to continuously provide a student-centered learning that transforms teaching and approaches to instruction, as evidenced by our myCNUSD district portal initiative."
“School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “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.”
The White House summit will be followed by a series of 12-15 regional summits that will focus on the digital progress both made and possible by local school districts. The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.
To help spotlight the value of technology in schools, the Education Department is sponsoring a Future Ready Initiative aimed at showcasing outstanding school leadership and strategies.
“The Future Ready Initiative highlights the critical role of district leaders in setting a vision and creating the environment where educators and students access the tools, content, and expertise necessary for thriving in a connected world,” said Richard Culatta, director of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology.
Future Ready superintendents demonstrate effective use of technology in some of the following ways:
· Fostering and leading a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship;
· Transitioning schools and families to high-speed connectivity;
· Empowering educators with professional learning opportunities;
· Accelerating progress toward universal access to quality devices;
· Providing access to quality digital content;
· Creating access, equity, and excellence – particularly in rural, remote, and low-income districts;
· Offering digital tools to students and families to help them prepare for success in college;
· Sharing best practices and mentoring other districts in the transition to digital learning.
“Technology has the potential to transform education in America, allowing students to learn more, to do so at their own pace, and to develop the knowledge and skills employers demand,” Culatta said. “And yet, fewer than 30 percent of classrooms have the broadband internet to support today’s education technology needs.”
In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative, starting with a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation connectivity within five years. Model schools and districts across the country are using technology to create personalized learning environments; technology will play an increasingly crucial role in the future.
For more on the work of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology, including resources for students, parents and educators, click here.
The Corona-Norco Unified School District is located approximately 45 miles southeast of Los Angeles in western Riverside County. CNUSD consists of thirty-one elementary schools, eight intermediate/middle schools, five comprehensive high schools, a middle college high school and three alternative schools. The district serves over 54,000 students in the diverse communities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale. CNUSD is the largest school district in Riverside County and the tenth largest district in California.