WASHINGTOND.C., July 15, 2013 – Digital Promise is inviting a group of leading school districts from across the country, including McAllen ISD, to participate in its second annual Innovation Workshop in Washington, D.C., on July 16. McAllen ISD Superintendent Dr. James Ponce is joining other superintendents who are part of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools—a national network of leading education agencies—who will meet with senior White House officials to discuss how to spur innovation in schools through breakthrough technology.
“This is an opportunity for leading practitioners to provide a ground-level view of innovation in American classrooms, and for policymakers to illustrate the opportunities for advancement available to schools,” said Karen Cator, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Digital Promise. “At Digital Promise, we believe in the power of knowledge sharing and are pleased to hold this Innovation Workshop in the nation’s capital.”
McAllen ISD is one of two school districts in Texas (Houston ISD) and one of 26 in the country to be part of the League of Innovative Schools. McAllen ISD was invited to join the fledgling league in 2012 following the district’s creation of a framework to provide mobile-learning devices like the iPad and iPod Touch to its 25,000 students.
“It’s an honor for McAllen ISD to be included in conversations at the national level,” Dr. Ponce said. “It is exciting to know that, throughout the nation and the state, educators are looking to McAllen ISD for leadership. I am confident our students, staff and board will continue to add value with regards to educational innovation and the 21st-century learning environment.”
Digital Promise is a congressionally authorized, bipartisan organization launched by the White House in late 2011 as a national center for research and development in education technology. The League of Innovative Schools is one of its major initiatives, an alliance of 32 districts—representing 2.5 million students nationwide—that partner with technology developers, research institutions, and one another to deliver better results for students. League members are appointed by leading education officials and selected through an application process that identifies districts committed to demonstrating, evaluating, and scaling up effective innovations.
Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education. Through its work with educators, technologists, researchers, and leading thinkers, Digital Promise supports comprehensive research and development to benefit lifelong learners and provide Americans with the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the global economy. One of its flagship initiatives, the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, is a national coalition of public school districts committed to digital innovation that delivers results for students. The League of Innovative Schools is made up of 32 school districts and education groups in 21 states, that collectively serve more than 2.5 million students.