John is the superintendent of schools for the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District. Collaborating with business, industry, elected officials and higher education, John is leading the charge to vision and make operational a new structure of learning grounded in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Howard-Winn is working to seamlessly embed technology into instruction and use social media to break down classroom silos, connecting learners globally.
With 48% Free and reduced lunch, Howard-Winneshiek is a 426 square mile, rural NE Iowa school district of 1,200 students. This fall the District will begin the third year of a K-12 1:1 deployment. With iPads in grades K-6, MacBook Airs in grades 7-12, Apple TV in all classrooms, 3D printers and embracing social media, learners are quickly moving from consumers of content to creators of content. Our rate of change is accelerating exponentially.
In November of 2014, John was one of 100 Superintendents from across the United States, invited to the White House to meet with President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan to participate in the Future Ready initiative. The Howard Winneshiek Community School District has been nationally recognized as a “District of Distinction” by District Administrator Magazine and was named “25 Districts Worth Visiting,” by Tom Vander Ark, CEO of “Getting Smart.”
In September of 2013, John was appointed by Governor Brandstad to co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council’s Broadband committee. The committee was charged to: develop Legislative proposals, establish a long-term strategic plan for Broadband deployment and identify possible federal funding opportunities or public private partnerships
John is a member of Iowa Department of Education Competency Based Education Design Team; the Rural Iowa Task Force serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Education, University of Northern Iowa.
Mr. Carver’s professional life of 35 years includes experiences as a high school social studies teacher, coach athletic director, middle school principal and high school principal. Mr. Carver’s professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Science from Morningside College, Master in Educational from Drake University and a certificate of advances studies from Iowa State University. John and his wife Pam, of 35 years, reside in Cresco, Iowa and have two grown children son Adam and daughter Emily.