Lewisville, Arlington and Northwest ISD Leaders Talk Tech at White House

Three of North Texas' top educational minds will meet this week with some of the nation's top educational minds to teach in their biggest classroom ever: the White House.

Dr. Karen Rue, superintendent of the Northwest Independent School District; Dr. Stephen Waddell, superintendent of the Lewisville ISD; and Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, superintendent of the Arlington ISD, were all invited to attend a conference Wednesday in Washington D.C. as part of President Barack Obama's "Connect-ED" initiative.

The initiative aims to get 99 percent of America's youth connected to next-generation learning technology within five years.

Wednesday's conference will feature 100 superintendents handpicked from across the country to share their success integrating technology into the classroom.

Over the last few years, Arlington, Lewisville and Northwest have all launched programs aimed at adding technology into learning where it is needed. Rather than just providing iPads or laptops, they've integrated a number of different devices and platforms into the classroom to give students the tools they will use in real world careers.

Lewisville was even recently recognized by Apple for its efforts on this front.

Rue and Waddell both said Monday that efforts from their entire staffs have made these initiatives a success, and they hope others can learn from what they have done.

Rue said they don’t really know what to expect from the conference Wednesday but she hopes to come back with more ideas from other successful districts that they can integrate here as their technology program continues to grow.

Only 10 superintendents from Texas were selected to be a part of the conference.

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