Ivanka Trump and Apple's CEO visited the Treasure Valley – Idaho Statesman


Ivanka Trump – the adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump – and Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook visited the Wilder schools on Tuesday to investigate the use of the district's technology.

"Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump is traveling to Idaho as part of her ongoing staff development and STEM initiatives, and will visit the Wilder School District with Apple CEO Tim Cook," said Judd Deere, White House Director of Media Relations.

The stop is the latest in a series of Trump tours as part of their work with the National Council for the American Worker. For example, last month she visited the NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, NC, reported Raleigh News and Observer.

Trump has tweeted that he came to Idaho on Tuesday morning, underscoring the focus of the visit to technology in the classroom.

Apple recently worked with Trump and the White House to highlight best practices for STEM and computer science. Cook joined Trump earlier this year with the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center, part of the Waukee School District in Iowa.

The ConnectED program that benefited Wilder from data from the Obama administration. Wilder was among the 114 low-income schools in 29 states that received Apple's support for students with no easy access to technology two years ago, the Idaho Statesman reported in March 2016. The company then donated an iPad district to every student and teacher on the Internet Use in school and at home.

"Apple works with districts where low-income students are at least 96 percent. Wilder is the only school district in Idaho to receive the Apple grant, "said the 2016 story.

"Apple's donation is an important ingredient in the Wilder School District's plan to build an education system based on mastery of subjects, rather than classroom hours, next fall. The plan will abolish regular lessons as students use their equipment to guide their education and mentors teachers, said Superintendent Jeff Dillon. Students could quickly move through some subjects, such as English, but they need more time for math, Jensen said. "

More about Trump and Cook's visits online on IdahoStatesman.com Tuesday and Idaho Statesman Wednesday.

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This story has been updated to reflect the visit on Tuesday.



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