Business Helping Kids Become 'Future Ready'

Business Helping Kids Become ‘Future Ready’

We were very proud to be among some of the great business leaders contributing to education in Nashville last night at a special working session with Richard Culotta, Director of the Office of Educational Technology with the US Department of Education.

Before the Office of Educational Technology embarks on a 20-city tour supporting their Future Ready District Pledge Initiative, they came to Nashville to hear from a varied group of teachers, administrators, parents, students, and business leaders to hear how Nashville’s Learning Technology Plan is being implemented. Griffin Technology was represented as well as many other local business leaders such as C3 Consulting, Nashville Technology Council, Ford Next Generation Learning, Deloitte, Vanderbilt University, and others.

Nashville was chosen because of MNPS’s focus on technology and the success of local business partners’ involvement in not only creating the Learning Technology Plan, but also in creating accountability to the district and communicate the plan’s success to the community. Many Nashvillians aren’t aware of this plan and its impact, but it’s alive and well in Nashville schools.

The Learning Technology Plan has three major areas of focus: transforming teaching and learning, transforming learning environment, and transforming business engagement.  A few of the many examples of how this plan has already come to life in MNPS:

– District-wide adoption of Blackboard, an online learning management system

– 100% blended learning at Buena Vista Elementary, Apollo Middle, and Hunters Lane High

– Complete Digital Social Studies curriculum

– MNPS Virtual School

– 3 High School IT programs

– 97% completion of technology training for teachers

We were especially proud when Richard Culotta asked different groups to stand to see that teachers, administrators, parents, teachers, students, and business leaders seemed to be equally represented. It is apparent from Nashville’s success as well as the DOE’s Future Ready pledge, that transforming learning and preparing our student for a digital future is a joint effort among these groups. Griffin is proud to be among the businesses helping our kids achieve success, and we hope other businesses will do the same both in Nashville and across the country as support is garnered for the Future Ready Pledge.

For more information on how you or your business can support the MNPS Learning Technology Plan, email

For more information on the United States Department of Education Future Ready Pledge, visit their website or follow #FutureReady on Twitter.

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