Poway Unified School District

Superintendent ~ Poway Unified School District

National ConnectED Superintendents Summit at the White House

Future Ready


November 24, 2014

Dear PUSD Families,

As we enjoy this Thanksgiving season, I want to sincerely thank each of you for being a part of the Poway Unified School District and for all that you have given to help make us the great District we are today. Because of all that our staff, families, students and community members give, our students continue to excel and achieve at high levels. It is a privilege and an honor to serve as your superintendent and work with each of you.

Last Wednesday, I had a special opportunity to highlight the innovative work we are doing here in Poway USD, as one of the 100 superintendents selected from across the country to attend the first ever National ConnectED Superintendents Summit at the White House, meet with President Obama and Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and be recognized for our transition to digital learning.

In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED Initiative, starting with a goal of connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation connectivity within five years. To help spotlight the value of technology in schools, the Education Department sponsored a Future Ready Initiative aimed at showcasing outstanding school leadership and strategies.

Last week’s meeting in Washington brought together superintendents from model schools and districts across the country who are using technology to create personalized learning environments. In addition to sharing with one other and with Department of Education staff members promising approaches to using technology to improve teaching and learning, we were also honored to gather to hear President Barack Obama hail promising approaches to technology in education. It was encouraging to hear President Obama speak of several initiatives, programs and ideas we have been utilizing throughout our District for several years. (Read White House summary here and view the full video of the President’s comments here.)

I was invited to represent our District at the National ConnectED Superintendents Summit based upon a number of initiatives, awards, programs and processes we have introduced over the last several years. These include:

  • InnovationU
  • Design 39 Campus
  • Classroom of the Future Foundation awards (in 2007, 2008 and 2010)
  • California K12 High Speed Network Advisory Board
  • The refresh program
  • The computer giveaway program
  • PD 360
  • FutureFocus
  • Social media use and expansion
  • Project Red
  • Design Thinking


While on my visit, I signed the Future Ready Pledge, a commitment by superintendents to work with educators, families, and community members to help achieve a district of Future Ready schools. The Future Ready District Pledge is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve successful personalized digital learning for every student and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards our shared vision of preparing students for success in college, careers and citizenship. I invite each of you to learn more about Future Ready Schools, by visiting their website here. For more on the work of the Department’s Office of Educational Technology, including resources for students, parents and educators, click here.

The White House summit will be followed by a series of 12-15 regional summits that will focus on the digital progress both made and possible by local school districts. The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.

It is our goal as a District to provide digital access to all and integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on or an afterthought. Technology is the lens through which we all, including our students, experience much of our world; it is a powerful, ever-changing toolbox we need to equip our students with in order to fully prepare them for the future.

My challenge to our District and schools, to our staff members, students and families, is to ‘Change the Way We Do School’ and create personalized learning for all students. While the advances in technology are certainly not the only answer to changing the way we do school, they give us new tools and opportunities to meet the challenge of personalized learning for every student. With these new tools, combined with the highest quality staff and the support of parents, students and community, I am confident that we will continue to make great strides in meeting the challenge of preparing every student for college, career and citizenship readiness.

John P. Collins






John P. Collins, Ed.D. 

(858) 521-2700 FAX (858) 485-1075

Tina McDowell
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2700    FAX (858) 485-1075

Rich Newman, Ed.D.
Director of Innovation, Office of Innovation
(858) 521-2737

Jessica Wakefield
Director of Communications
(858) 521-2707  FAX (858) 485-1075

Wendy Anderson
Executive Assistant to the Board
(858) 521-2700   FAX (858) 485-1075


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