Connected Educator Month is traveling to Nashville, TN this week to participate in the Nashville Bus Tour event that is part of Secretary Duncan’s annual Back-to-School Bus Tour!

Secretary Arne Duncan and senior ED officials will visit Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. This year’s tour, themed  Partners in Progress, will run from September 8-10 and includes visits in the following cities:

  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Carrollton, Ga.
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Memphis, Tenn.

Throughout the tour, the Secretary will discuss the changes in education and the challenges that accompany them, all while highlighting the champions of reform — teachers, parents, community members, and others — who are leading the effort to improve education for all students.

What Will CEM Be Doing in Nashville?

The Nashville event is in coordination with the goals of the Office of Educational Technology and its upcoming work with the Future Ready initiative connected to the October Superintendents’ Summit at the White House.

The Nashville event brings together national participants and local constituents (including district leaders, business leaders, teachers, parents and students) to seed a cross-constituent conversation and get specific feedback from teachers around what it will take to make the Future Ready initiative a reality in classrooms.

Working along side Ford Next Generation LearningInternational Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and event organizers (Kecia Ray, Executive Director of Learning Technology, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Richard Culatta, Director, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology and James Liou, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology), Connected Educator Month representative – Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, CEO of Powerful Learning Practice, will be co-facilitating small-group discussions. Our group will be engaging with teachers listening to their ideas around what it means to be “Future Ready”.

Key themes

Questions to help guide the discussions and sharing at the event will be around the following themes:

● What does being #FutureReady mean to you?
● How will the Future Ready District Pledge impact teaching? Student learning?
● As an education leader, teacher, parent, or community member, what will it take to make the Future Ready initiative a reality?

To keep up with the event follow the #edtour14  and #FutureReady hashtags as well as our own #ce14 tag. Also be sure and follow @edconnectr- the official Connected Educator Month Twitter account.

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During a 25-year education career, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from around the world to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience and other e-learning opportunities. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and serves on the ISTE Board of Directors.

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