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Secretary DeVos Announces Rethink School Summits to Highlight Innovation in K-12, Higher Ed

Washington — U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the Department will host two Rethink School Summits in the coming weeks—the first focused on higher education and the second on K-12. These summits will bring together education leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from around the country who are demonstrating student-centric models can improve student achievement.

"There is exciting work being done across the country by those who are willing to rethink the traditional ways in which we have educated students," said Secretary DeVos. "They are unafraid to embrace new technology and utilize data to customize education in a way that is focused on unlocking the unlimited potential of every student. It's thrilling to have so many brilliant minds join us for this summit to have an open dialogue on how best to highlight new innovations, remove structural barriers and expand opportunities for our nation's students throughout their education journey."

The Rethink Higher Education Summit will take place on Thursday, December 14 from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Department of Education's Barnard Auditorium.

Rethink Higher Education Summit

  • Session One: Beyond Seat Time— Exploring higher education innovations utilizing technology focused on competency based progression
  • Session Two: Job Ready—Partnering with industry to prepare today's students for tomorrow's jobs
  • Session Three: Breaking the Mold—Traditional Institutions of Higher Education Responding in Non-Traditional Ways

The Rethink K-12 Summit will take place on Tuesday, December 19 from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Department of Education's Barnard Auditorium. Additional details will be made available in the coming days.

Access: The summits will be live streamed at You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #RethinkSchool. Credentialed media interested in attending the school visit should RSVP to the U.S. Department of Education at A valid media credential and photo ID will be required for access to the events.

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