National Town Hall Highlights
The first ever Digital Learning Day boasted more than 12,000 teachers and thirty-nine statewide celebrations. The National Town Hall was moderated by Leon Harris, Emmy Award–winning journalist and news anchor for ABC7/WJLA-TV (Washington, DC) and former co-anchor of CNN Live Toda. The live event also featured
- Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education;
- Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman;
- Sahl Kahn, Kahn Academy founder; and
- Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia.
The town hall meeting concluded with a special focus on the Reconnecting McDowell project in West Virginia, which is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County the route to a brighter economic future. This segment featured
- Jim Brown, superintendent of McDowell County Schools;
- Gayle Manchin, vice president of the West Virginia State Board of Education; and
- Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
2012 Digital Learning Exemplars
Education leaders from two high schools and two school districts were invited participate in the National Town Hall live via Skype. These exemplars included
- Englewood High School (Colorado);
- Mooresville Graded School District (North Carolina);
- Klein Independent School District (Texas); and
- New Tech West High School (Ohio).