No matter the region, schools across the United States are recognizing the importance of adopting the right technology solutions today in preparation for the learning demands of tomorrow and beyond. In other words, they are becoming “future ready.” Earlier this year, the Department of Education released its 2016 National Technology Plan and celebrated the first anniversary of its Future Ready Schools initiative. For school districts to truly be future ready, it must go beyond one-to-one device initiatives and teaching apps. Schools, administrators and IT managers with a future-looking view on education already are thinking about the larger ecosystem, forecasting the emergence and impact of new technologies, and quickly adapting to the rapid changes taking place in the learning environment.
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The new Future Ready Schools® (FRS) podcast series, Leading Through Unprecedented Times, looks at how teaching and learning have shifted online overnight due to mandated school closures across the nation. FRS leaders are simultaneously addressing and amplifying equity issues among marginalized groups as schools become the community hub for food distribution and human connection. Listen to powerful stories from school and district leaders who are overcoming adversity and offering their communities hope as they lead through unprecedented times!
In mid-August, the Val Verde (California) Unified School District began the 2020–2021 school year with all 20,000 students engaged in high-quality distance learning. Like districts nationwide, Val Verde implemented full distance learning in the spring and again this school year to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic….
Ready or not, here they come. It’s that time again. It’s time for the students to return, and with that it’s time for the infamous back-to-school district kickoff meeting. It’s no secret that this year is so, so different than the kickoffs of years prior. Most years, administrators, teachers, and support staff return rested, having…