Journey of a Superintendent: How Will Education Look in the Future?

Dr. Cynthia Lane, Superintendent of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Our world is changing so fast. I sometimes wonder if schools and school districts are being left in the dust of this fast-paced, mobile device, instant information world.

It’s been rewarding to be part of a school district that has embraced technology in our classrooms. We have students learning to read using iPods and iPads. There are technology devices in every classroom. Five years ago we issued laptops to every high school student. So we have the tools and many innovative and exciting things are happening in our schools. Even so, we are still constrained by tradition and “in-the-box” thinking.

Google selected Kansas City, Kansas as the first community to be connected to their high-speed fiber. On the horizon is fiber network speed like we have never experienced. This opportunity will catapult us into our futures. Are we ready for this rapid change? If you could design educational experiences for a future like we have never seen before, what would you do? I look forward to hearing your responses. It’s Up to Us.

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