Future Ready Principals

Empowering principals to create a culture of innovation for teachers to lead, learn, and take risks to personalized learning for students

Future Ready Schools (FRS) Principals are the foundation of a successful Future Ready School and, along with librarians, IT Directors, and instructional coaches are critical to sustainable growth in student outcomes.  For personalized learning to thrive, principals must create a culture of innovation that brings together students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community to share a vision for an improved learning experience.

The FRS Principal program strand provides school leaders with a collection of school-based resources that support the critical role they play in using new leadership strategies to support teachers, parents and students in rethinking schools for all students, no matter their zip code or demographic.

All FRS Principal resources are aligned the Future Ready Schools Framework, a research-based planning tool for digital learning visioning, planning, and implementation focused on Personalized Student Learning. The role of the principal nestles neatly in the Framework to help support a high-quality implementation of the Future Ready program.

FRS Principals are building level innovators who believe in:

  • Creating a vision that supports personalized teaching and learning that maximizes the potential of digital learning.
  • Modeling the type of professional learning by empowering staff to lead, learn, fail, and repeat.
  • Making anytime, anywhere learning a reality.
  • Developing a plan to ensure ubiquitous connectivity in and out of school.
  • Advocating for the use of multiple strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • Working to build partnerships to communicate and agree upon a shared vision for student learning in their community.

By participating in the FRS Principals events and using the specifically developed resources, principals  will have access to:

  • Strategies to build the skills needed to lead a successful Future Ready school
  • Resources to build an in-depth understanding of change management
  • Ideas and examples to showcase the leadership culture necessary for success
  • An active network of like-minded educators beyond their own school, district, and state to help when challenges arise.

Future Ready Principals has been made possible in part with the support of Pearson.

Connect with like-minded principals at an upcoming FRS institute!

Join fellow principals in your region for two days of learning and collaboration at one of our FREE Future Ready Schools® institutes happening around the country in 2017.

With the support of your peers, you’ll do a deep-dive into the FRS framework and determine how best to leverage your role to assist your district’s planning and implementation of student-centered personalized learning. You’ll also have opportunities for general networking and collaboration with other education professionals in your area who are also engaged in FRS.

The 2017 FRS institutes are free but space is limited and filling up fast!

Tom Murray shares his insights on improving school culture and the lessons learned from schools and districts around the country that are successfully making the digital transformation.

Why Future Ready Principals Matter

  1. Principals who invest in technology find themselves excited about its use and often focus on that rather than on creating authentic learning experiences. Principals must have a vision for teaching and learning and how technology can accelerate those experiences, not vice versa.
  2. Principals who support teachers with the effective use of technology and empower them to create learning experiences in which technology can be used to explore, design, and create will see a maximized return on Instruction (ROI).
  3. Shifting the instructional pedagogy is no easy feat. Building the trust needed to do so and supporting teachers throughout the process are essential. Principals who model dynamic learning experiences help create that trust. A principal’s faculty meetings and in-service time should be a direct reflection of the type of learning he or she is looking for in the classroom.


Jimmy Casas
FRS Principal Advisor
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an education leader, including fourteen years as principal at Bettendorf High School in Iowa. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the best high schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary School Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2013 National Principal of the Year. In 2015, he received the High School Principal Bammy Award. Jimmy is cofounder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat. He also coauthored the book What Connected Educators Do Differently and START.RIGHT.NOW, which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.Jimmy is currently a senior fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education and also serves on the professional development faculty for NASSP. He holds a superintendent specialist degree from Drake University, a master of arts degree in educational leadership and administration from Cardinal Stritch University, and both an MAT degree in education and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish language teacher education from the University of Iowa.
Brad Gustafson
FRS Principal Advisor
Brad Gustafson is an elementary school principal for Wayzata Public Schools in Minnesota, speaker, and author of Renegade Leadership. His passion for leadership and learning is palpable. He was recently named to the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” list and he also was awarded Minnesota’s 2016 National Distinguished Principal. Brad was recognized with a Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) from EdSurge and Digital Promise in 2015. He cohosts the UnearthED podcast on the Bam Radio Network. His blog, Adjusting Course, has been named a “Must Read” K–12 blog by EdTech magazine.

Thought Partners

Amy Fadeji
Penngrove Elementary School, CA

Jason Markey
East Leyden High School, IL

Sheila Evans
Edenton-Chowan Public Schools, NC

Jason Zona
Carson Online, NV

Dwight Carter
New Albany High School, OH

Nicole L’Etoile
West Warwick Public Schools, RI

Sanee Bell
Morton Ranch Junior High School, TX

Bob Eichorn
New Directions Alternative Education Center, VA

Tim Lauer
Evergreen School District, WA

Zach Desjarlais
Vancouver Public Schools, WA

Trevor Greene
Highline School District, WA

Curt Rees
State Road Elementary Principal (La Crosse SD), WI

Michael Comiskey
Kettle Moraine School District, WI

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