Roanoke County Public School Hosts “Innovation in Learning and Teaching” Think Tank with Dell and National Business and Education Leaders
Event to be streamed live online
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
WHERE: Roanoke, Virginia
Next week, on Wednesday, November 13th, nationally recognized Roanoke County Public Schools will host the “Innovation in Learning and Teaching Think Tank,” gathering regional and national leaders in education and business to share best practices and develop a vision for the future of education. The group will discuss how schools around the country can equip students with the 21st century skills and entrepreneurial capabilities they need to succeed in a competitive global economy. The conversation, a part of Dell’s Social Think Tank series, will be livestreamed to viewers around the world.
County Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Lange will be joined by regional and national leaders, parents, current and former students. They will discuss how technology can be used to personalize student learning and how students and educators can work together, with technology tools, to direct learning and gain skills they need to succeed.
8:00 – 8:30am: Attendees arrive, check-in & breakfast
8:30 – 9:00am: Welcome & Introductions
9:00 – 10:00am Topic 1: 21st Century Learning Skills
10:00 – 10:15am: Break
10:15 – 11:15am: Topic 2: Education and Entrepreneurship
11:15 – 11:45/noon: Closing remarks and solutions brainstorm
12:00: Video Interviews as interested
WHO: Roanoke County, Dell Inc., and other leaders in business and education including:
Dr. Kecia Campbell-Ray, President of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Think Tank Panelists
Dr. Lorraine Lange, Superintendent, Roanoke County Public School District, Adam Garry, Global Education Strategy Manager, Dell, William H. Fralin Jr., President & CEO, Medical Facilities of America, Sara Schapiro, Director, League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise, Laura Bowman, President, Roanoke County Council of PTAs, Dr. Wayne Journell, Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President, Virginia Western Community College, Dr. Sam English, Founder, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and CEO, Attention Point, Eddie Amos, Chief Technology Officer, Meridium, Wayne Strickland, Executive Director, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, Sean Pressman, Vice President of Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce, Joseph Jones, Director of External Affairs, American Electric Power, Caroline Pugh, Virginia Tech student and Co-Founder of VirtualU, Zak Malamed, University of Maryland student and Founder of Student Voice, William H. Sanders, Director, Technology for the Arts, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Dr. Kendall Latham, Educator and Educational Consultant, Beth Doughty, Executive Director, Roanoke Regional Partnership, Lynnanne Catron, Assistant Vice President of Norfolk Southern Corp., Logan Diomedi, Student, Hidden Valley High School, John Freeland, Spectrum Sports Academy, Entrepreneur
Additional Background: For more than 10 years, Roanoke County Public School district has partnered with Dell to leverage technology in the classroom to enhance student learning. In 2002, Hidden Valley High School became the first school in Western Virginia to provide laptops to its students. Now the program reaches all 6,000 high school students in Roanoke County, in addition to providing laptops to 1600 instructional staff members. The technology and associated tools allow students to personalize and direct their learning, pursuing their unique academic interests inside and outside of the classroom. In April, Roanoke County was named the top “Digital School District” in the country, for large school districts with 12,000+ students, in recognition for its leadership in implementing technology. Roanoke County Public Schools is also a member of the League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise.
“Roanoke County’s approach shows us that creating the classrooms of the future will require more than just new materials or technologies,” said Jon Phillips, director of Global Education at Dell, “but a fundamental shift in the way we think about and approach educating students.”
Submitted by Chuck Lionberger