Lakota Hosts National Thought Leader

Lakota Hosts National Thought Leader for Future Ready Schools
Posted on 05/03/2018
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Photo of audience at Tom Murray talkOver 100 instructional leaders around Lakota - and some from neighboring districts - gathered to learn from a national icon in classroom innovation and leadership last week.


Lakota hosted the special visit from Thomas Murray, the digital learning and advocacy director for the Alliance for Excellent Education. Murray represents “Future Ready Schools,” a national effort to maximize digital learning opportunities for a more personalized learning experience for all students.


He presented the research-based framework - created by educators, for educators - that help school districts transform their approach to preparing students for success in college, career and citizenship. By defining the framework’s seven “gears”, Murray challenged his audience to consider their individual role in executing each aspect of the process.


The message around using technology as the accelerator to more engaged learning comes at a critical time for Lakota as it prepares to launch 1:1 technology in all four junior high schools next year.


“Doing the best for our students means empowering teachers, administrators and even students to be leaders in building what our schools look like ten years from now,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller, one of the 3,200 district superintendents nationally to pledge his commitment to Future Ready.


“Future Ready Schools is a powerful resource to help us continue moving forward and we were fortunate to hear such an inspiring message from a thought leader like Tom,” Miller said.