Nov. 21, 2013

CONTACT: Claire Lerner



Creative Educators Are Advancing the Cause of Digital Learning


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission today applauded the group of educators recognized as ConnectED Champions of Change.

The President honored these educators today during a ceremony at the White House for developing ingenious methods leveraging technology in the classroom.  Details of the honorees and their work can be found here

The following statement can be attributed to the LEAD Commission:

“These creative and dedicated educators are the very embodiment of the power of digital learning and what our education system is capable of if we unleash innovation in our classrooms. As evidenced by the research we’ve done and the great example set by these educators, real student improvement can be achieved with better use of and more access to technology and empowering teachers to use that technology in their classrooms.”

In June, President Obama announced ConnectED, an initiative to connect 99% of the nation’s students to next generation broadband in the next five years.

The LEAD Commission recently filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s proceeding to modernize its E-Rate program, to bring America’s schools and libraries faster Internet connections. The LEAD Commission emphasized that increased bandwidth will ensure access to the highest quality digital teaching and learning tools to both urban and rural communities, regardless of income level of individual school districts, so that all students and teachers can fully share in the benefits of next-generation educational technology – accelerating the type of innovation in schools and classrooms exemplified by today’s ConnectED Champions of Change.

The LEAD Commission also released “Connected Learning in the Digital Age: Improving American Education through Technology” in September. The comprehensive report detailed specific actions to accelerate the expansion of digital learning in the K-12 education system to ensure that American students receive the best education possible and are equipped with the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century global economy.

The LEAD Commission report called on the federal, state, local, business, education and nonprofit sectors to embrace the following recommendations:

  • Solve the infrastructure challenge by upgrading the wiring of our schools with high-speed broadband;
  • Build a national effort to deploy digital learning devices;
  • Accelerate the adoption of digital curriculum;
  • Embrace and encourage model schools; and
  • Invest in human capital to train our teachers.

Answering a challenge from the U.S. Department of Education and Federal Communications Commission to determine how technology can transform K-12 education, the LEAD Commission spent 18 months working with more than 300 thought leaders in the education technology field to identify the barriers that hamper digital learning in the U.S. and the necessary steps to overcome those barriers. Its recommendations offer the opportunity for the U.S. to create significant long-term gains for its schools, students, workforce and economy.



About LEAD Commission

Answering a challenge from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Education, the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission was established to determine how technology can help transform education in America. The Commission is co-chaired by Lee Bollinger (President of Columbia University), Jim Coulter (Co-Founder of TPG Capital), Margaret Spellings (Former Secretary of Education) and Jim Steyer (Founder and CEO of Common Sense Media).