Dec 17

Past Event

Leveraging Technology to Reclaim American Educational Leadership


Technology has the potential to improve education by overcoming geographical disparities, improving access, personalizing education, and digitizing educational materials. Wired classrooms and instructional sets allow for education that is adaptive to students' needs, letting pupils learn at their own pace, receive individualized instruction, and be assessed in real time. Despite technology innovation’s potential to enhance student engagement and performance, our basic learning strategies have nonetheless remained static even though most schools in the U.S. are equipped with some level of Internet connectivity.

On December 17, leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors examined how to best leverage information and communications technology to transform education in the United States. The discussion also focused on how to enable learning environments of all kinds — K-12, community colleges, universities, adult education and other training courses — to experiment with new innovations to improve students’ proficiency and experience in the classroom. After each panel, speakers took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 8:30 AM -- Welcome and Introductory Remarks

    • Portrait: Darrell West
    • Aneesh Chopra

      U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy

      The White House

    • Roberto Rodriguez

      Special Assistant to President Obama for Education, Domestic Policy Council

      The White House

    • Phil Weiser

      Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation to the National Economic Council Director

      The White House

  • 9:00 AM -- The Future of Education Technology

    • James H. Shelton III

      Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement

      U.S. Department of Education

  • 9:15 AM -- Imagining the Educational Environment of the Future

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Russ Whitehurst
    • Karen Cator

      Director of the Office of Educational Technology

      U.S. Department of Education

    • Tom Kalil

      Deputy Director for Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy

      The White House

    • Terry Moe

      Member, Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, Hoover Institution

      William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

    • Stacey Childress

      Deputy Director of Education

      Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • 10:00 AM -- The State of Educational Research and Development

    • Moderator

    • Dan Kaufman

      Director, Information Innovation Office


    • Brett Pelham

      Program Director, Member of Cyber-learning

      National Science Foundation

    • Bror Saxberg

      Chief Learning Officer

      Kaplan, Inc

  • 11:00 AM -- Incentives to Innovate and Encouraging Experimentation and Technology Adoption

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Darrell West
    • Ed Fish


    • Peter Levin

      Chief Technology Officer

      U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    • Paul Peterson

      Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance

      Harvard University

    • Marilyn Reznick

      Executive Director, Educational Leadership, AT&T Foundation

  • 12:00 PM -- Keynote Address

    • Bob Wise

      Former Governor (D-W.Va)

      Co-chair, Digital Learning Council


December 17, 2010

8:30 AM - 12:30 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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