Principal Invited to the White House

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and senior leadership at the U.S. Department of Education will welcome 100 superintendents selected from 800 applicants to the White House to recognize their leadership in helping to transition districts to digital learning.

Pleasant View Principal Dr. Gara Field with fourth-grader Yamil Dawson.

Pleasant View Principal Dr. Gara Field with fourth-grader Yamil Dawson.

Pleasant View Principal Dr. Gara Field is one of just a few principals in the U.S. who was invited to speak to these exemplary school leaders at the White House Future Ready Superintendent’s Summit. She will present her school’s experiences, successes and challenges in blended learning.

Pleasant View is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an outstanding example of how to transform an urban public school by leveraging technology, full service and family engagement to make tremendous gains in just three years as the Rhode Island Model School for Blended Learning.

“I’m humbled and honored to represent Pleasant View in our nation’s capital,” said Field. “We have so much to be proud of and we will continue our purpose-driven work.”

Pleasant View’s work in blended learning drew national attention last May when Richard Culatta, director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education, visited the school.

In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, starting with the goal of connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation connectivity within five years. This first Superintendent Summit will provide opportunities for leaders to share lessons learned with each other and with Secretary Duncan to help disseminate promising approaches across the nation.

Pleasant View was also invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Innovation Powered by Technology Conference, led by the Rhode Island Department of Education on October 25. Three Pleasant View students, Courtney Rainey (fourth grade), Yemi Adenegan (fifth grade) and Ariya Pathammavong (4th grade) appeared on the blended learning panel and spoke to an audience of nearly 1,000 experts in digital learning, blended learning, virtual learning and technology in the classroom.