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D.C. Everest Area School District Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts
The D.C. Everest (DCE) Area School District was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools — a national coalition of forward-thinking school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and provide equitable access to learning opportunities for all students through technology and research.
D.C. Everest was 1 of 12 districts added to the League this year. The district was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, efforts to advance equity and excellence for all students, commitment to collaboration and innovative learning initiatives. With the addition of the newest members, the League now includes 102 districts across 33 states.
The DCE District was recognized for its district-wide equity and access initiatives, including professional development sessions focused on eradicating bias, the elimination of student participation fees and its 1:1 iPad initiative that provides every student with 24/7 access to educational resources and tools. Other highlights from the district profile include the district’s work with community partners to offer mental health services in every school, the breadth of its computer science courses, the availability of flexible learning spaces, its broad community engagement and emerging use of Maker Spaces to provide hands-on learning opportunities.
“We are honored to be a member of the League of Innovative Schools,” notes DCE Superintendent Kristine Gilmore. “This honor is the result of hard work by every single person in this district to ensure our students have equitable access to learning opportunities. Since we launched our 1:1 initiative, everyone has been fully engaged in finding new ways to integrate technology into the classroom in a manner that empowers our students and removes barriers to learning.” She continues, “As educators, we all face the same challenge — preparing our students for jobs that are changing rapidly. As technology continues to advance, our students have to be prepared for careers that, quite frankly, may not even exist yet. This is an incredible opportunity for our district to share ideas with other innovative districts across the U.S. and work together to ensure that every single student has the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century.”
DCE Superintendent Kristine Gilmore will represent the district at the League’s fall 2018 meeting, which will be held October 10 in Park City, Utah.
"As we expand our efforts to identify, build, and scale the innovative work of our League districts, I am excited to welcome a new cohort of districts who deepen the diversity, populations, and contexts of the network and move us further in advancing equity and excellence for every learner,” said Kimberly Smith, executive director of the League of Innovative Schools.