Discovery Education to Host Second Future@Now on February 26

Future@NowOn Wednesday, Discovery Education will host Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition from 9am-5:30pm at Discovery’s headquarters here in Silver Spring.

Streaming live to a worldwide audience, this second annual event will focus on one of the most critical issues in education today – implementing effective, district-level digital transitions that prepare students for citizenship, college and careers.

At this year’s event, attendees will hear from a variety of education leaders about creating actionable roadmaps for transforming teaching and learning through educational technology, dynamic digital content, and job-embedded, sustained professional development. Speakers this year offering valuable insight include Sujean Lee, Vice President of Philanthropy at Chobani and Commander Brent Phillips, Director of Marketing & Outreach for the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command. The conference also will welcome educational leaders U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Congressman George Miller, sponsor of the Transforming Education through Technology Act to help lead the dialogue. Additionally, Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance of Baltimore County Public Schools; Chancellor Kaya Henderson of District of Columbia Public Schools; and Superintendent of Schools/CEO Chris Kennedy of West Vancouver School District, Canada, will share their perspectives on the digital transitions they are leading in their school systems.

Panel discussions throughout the day will share with participants strategies they can implement as districts to create their own roadmaps for digital transitions.  Discussion topics will include how students are affected by the digital transition, how to plan for the transition, how to implement change and how to fully integrate digital resources into the classroom.

Wednesday’s conference will culminate with a virtual field trip, hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to a digital classroom in Washington, DC, as part of Discovery Education and the White House’s “Of the People” webinar series. “Of the People” offers middle and high school students unique access to White House professionals, experts and personalities in a series of 30-minute virtual events broadcast live from the White House and open to all classrooms nationwide.

For more information on Future@Now: Roadmap to the Digital Transition or to register, please visit discoveryeducation.com/futurenow2014. And, throughout the day, join the conversation on Twitter using #FutureNow.