On April 3, over 1,000 leaders from education, business, nonprofits, government and other sectors gathered in Des Moines for the Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit. The main goal of the event was to generate ideas and partnerships focused on aligning K-12 education and workforce development, including:
- How state and national trends are shaping change in a knowledge economy;
- The importance of expanding high-quality authentic work-based learning experiences;
- Ways for better connecting more students with future careers; and
- Why rapidly expanding computer science instruction is necessary in our schools.
The general sessions featured a robust line-up of speakers including Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development at Gallup, Nicole Smith, Chief Economist at Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, and Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO of Code.org, among others.
In addition to the general session, eleven breakout sessions provided in-depth conversations about various aspects and efforts related to the overall Future Ready Iowa initiative.
Summit attendees were able to experience a "Showcase of Work-Based Learning" which featured more than 20 engaging hands-on exhibits demonstrating school and business partnerships taking place throughout Iowa.
The Governor's 2018 Future Ready Iowa Summit was made possible through the generous support of sponsors, including Accumold, Associated General Contractors of Iowa, Cognizant, Google, Iowa Area Education Agencies, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Iowa Association of School Boards, Iowa Biotech Association, Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa Business Council, Iowa Economic Development, Iowa State Association of Counties, Iowa Workforce Development, ITC Midwest, John Deere, MidAmerican Energy, Principal Financial, Rockwell Collins, School Administrators of Iowa, Technology Association of Iowa and Vermeer Corporation.