Iowa Represented at National Connected Superintendents Summit


John Carver, Howard-Winneshiek CSD superintendent; Paul Gausman, Sioux City CSD superintendent; and Deborah Olson, Clinton CSD superintendent; were selected by the U.S. Department of Education as three of 100 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Nov. 19 at the White House. 

These Iowans are among exemplary local school chiefs who were recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning while emphasizing the collaborative skills needed by learners today. This unique conference brought together officials from throughout America to share with one other and the Education Department promising unique approaches to using technology in classes. 

“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. 

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. 

Bettendorf High School Principal Jimmy Casas also served on a panel of superintendents, principals and teachers focused on the question of measuring what “Future Ready” success might look like, and what benchmarks can be used to measure progress.