The tiny town of Warren paid a visit to our nation's capital recently in the person of Region 6 Superintendent of Schools Ed Drapp.

Drapp joined U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5, at the White House last week for President Barack Obama's "ConnectED to the Future" event.

The Region 6 superintendent was the sole educator to represent Connecticut, chosen because of Region 6's innovative use of technology and digital content in the classroom.

"I am pleased and honored to be the sole representative from Connecticut to partake in the Future Ready Summit at the White House," Drapp said. "I represent the entire Region 6 community. I would like to thank Congresswoman Esty for her support of the e-rate and Title II programs which have expanded and accelerated the use of technology in Region 6."

As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Esty has made supporting science, technology engineering and math education a priority.

This year, the House passed Esty's bipartisan STEM Education Act, H.R. 5031.

"I am proud to join Mr. Drapp today at the White House to highlight Region 6's exceptional engagement with STEM education, as well as support national policies that expand access to high-speed internet and encourage the innovative use of technology in the classroom," Esty said.

She said the Region 6 school system is a leader in the state and the country in using technology and digital content to enhance education and prepare students.

For example, Wamogo High School, which received a National Blue Ribbon award for excellence from the U.S. Department of Education this fall, created a student "makerspace," a student-driven community space where students can collaborate, build, investigate, design, communicate, problem-solve, and experiment using technology.

"I'm continuing to work in Congress and with local and state partners to improve access and engagement with technology in our schools," she said. "Congratulations again to Region 6 educators and students for this incredible achievement."

The event in Washington built on the Obama Administration's ConnectED Initiative to connect all U.S. students to high-speed internet and empower teachers to use technology in innovative ways to transform teaching and learning in the classroom.

Since 2013, more than $4 billion in public and private funding has been committed toward expanding high-speed Internet in schools and libraries across the country.

Interested educators should visit www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/k-12/connected#schools for more information.