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Thursday, March 2 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
So We're Future Ready, What's Next? The Continuing Journey of a Future Ready District.

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This session will feature a panel of District 56 administrators and teachers who have been key players in propelling the district into a future ready status. Not only will we share the work that it took to establish that environment, but we will focus on what is next in our journey moving forward and the initiatives that we are now able to tackle thanks to becoming Future Ready. Some of these initiatives include our Flexible Learning Environments, STEM Labs, MakerSpaces, Breakout EDU, Digital Literacies, and our Code To The Future Curriculum that embeds coding in every core subject in the district beginning with Kindergarten through 2nd grade this year and adding each grade in the next 2 years.


Mr. Dain Elman

I taught technology class at Viking Middle School in Gurnee, IL for 14 years and am now the District 56 STEM Director leading the setup of STEM Labs and makerspaces throughout the district, along with STEM curriculum. I also coordinate the Destination Imagination program for District 56 and am a member of the Destination Imagination regional board.
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Phil Hintz

Director of Technology for Gurnee SD 56, Gurnee School District 56
Gurnee School District 56, is a high-performing, Future-Ready District that has transformed teaching and learning to meet the needs of 21st century students. District 56 has held the honor of being an Apple Distinguished Program for the past 4 years for it's ground breaking work with their district-wide, 1 to 1 iPad initiative for every teacher and student in the district in grades Pre-K through 8th grade. The program has been so successful... Read More →
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Dr. John Hutton

Dr. John Hutton has served as the superintendent at Gurnee School District 56 in Illinois for eight years. He was one of 100 superintendents to be invited to a White House Summit in November of 2014 as part of the national campaign to make all schools Future Ready and will be hosting a regional event at Prairie Trail School in June of 2015 as a follow up to the White House Summit. In March, he was named by the NSBA as one of the 20 educational... Read More →
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Colleen Pacatte

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Assessment, Gurnee School District 56
Dr. Colleen M. Pacatte is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Assessment for Gurnee School District 56. Dr. Pacatte has facilitated the transition to becoming a successful 1:1 school district by providing ongoing, job embedded, professional development. Along with district staff, she designed a gamified approach to professional development intended to support the use of the SAMR model when integrating technology in the classroom... Read More →

Thursday March 2, 2017 11:15am - 12:15pm
Salon III

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