White House Summit Recognizes School Districts for Joining National Effort to Create New Generation High Schools

November 10, 2015

(Alexandria, Va., November 10, 2015) - The Rochester City School District of New York and Hillsborough County School District of Florida participated today in the Obama Administration’s first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools. The event highlighted students, educators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs who have proven their commitment to preparing high school students to succeed in the global workforce. The school districts highlighted during the summit were two of the first to incorporate key elements of the New Generation High Schools STEM initiative. They are members of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

“Today, the White House Summit validates the hard work of school board members, students, parents and educators in Rochester City and Hillsborough County, and other districts that have played a leading role in using technology to strengthen the high school academic experience,” stated Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association (NSBA). “Local school districts are answering the call to create Next Generation High schools, and today’s summit is a testament to the collective impact of community leadership and federal investment in public education.”

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy invited students from the Rochester City and Hillsborough County school districts to create a video for the virtual segment of the summit program to showcase their innovative approaches to using technology in the classroom. They were also asked to discuss what they think are the most important elements of a redesigned next generation high school, and the issues policymakers should keep in mind as they seek to redesign American high schools for the 21st century.

“We are proud of our school board members, students, and faculty in Rochester City and Hillsborough County for the unprecedented and ground breaking work they continue to do in this area,” stated Van Henri White, City of Rochester School Board President, Chairman of CUBE Steering Committee and Member of NSBA Board of Directors. “It is an honor for the White House to recognize our efforts to use technology as we strive to provide excellence and equity in public education."

The White House Summit showcased the progress that our nation’s local school districts have made in supporting the New Generation High Schools initiative, and also affirmed the importance of federal investment in public education. Later this week, the White House plans to announce information on several new resources for high schools and investments the Administration will make in education.

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