State Leadership Programs

State leadership is a vital component of the Future Ready initiative and continued success.

The Future Ready State Leadership Program currently includes 30 states plus DC. This effort is focused on helping state leaders leverage Future Ready’s free resources to support district leadership teams in the effective planning for digital learning. We believe states play a critical role in the educational system, and offers unique opportunities to promote the importance of equity as we move to more personalized approaches to teaching and learning.  

The state program offers state-level resources, communications strategies, and ongoing opportunities to network as state leaders create statewide Future Ready offerings to districts within the goals and context of each state.

Future Ready State Framework

The FRS state assessment framework is a simple, easy-to-use infographic that provides a visual crosswalk between the FRS gears and the role of a FRS state. It provides a lens through which state leaders can view and advance their goals and efforts, using the same language and set of tools as the schools and districts they support. The FRS state framework and supporting resources are designed to empower state leaders to be change agents both within their SEAs and across the state.

Become a Future Ready State

It is our mission, as the state education agency, to ensure that every student across the state of New Jersey—regardless of their zip code—is ready for the future, a future that is increasingly being shaped by technology. We launched our Future Ready Schools–NJ (FRS-NJ) program to provide schools leaders with the support they need to meaningfully leverage classroom technology to greater personalize the learning experience for every student. Our schools and communities know that this transition is necessary to help students meet the new demands of today’s knowledge-based economy, and we developed the FRS-NJ certification program to provide them with a roadmap to guide their work. FRS-NJ gets everyone on board—it’s a unifying cry.

— Kimberley Harrington, former State Commissioner of Education, NJDOE

If you would like to learn more about your state’s plans, contact Sara Hall to be connected to the person leading the Future Ready work in your state.  

If your state is not listed, contact your state department of education and ask when they will be joining.

Learn how each state is supporting Future Ready!


Alabama Department of Education is one of the newest members of the Future Ready State Leadership supporters.



California is supporting teaching and learning through being a Future Ready State. The Local Control Funding formula planning process is enhanced when aligned with the Future Ready Schools Planning dashboard, gap analysis and action planning. As the convener of the CA FRS leadership team, the California Department of Education is working with educators throughout the state to meet the needs of California.


As a Future Ready state, Connecticut supports digital learning in schools, libraries, and institutions of higher education through the work of its Commission for Educational Technology, including the five-year Educational Technology Goals and Plan. The eight core initiatives in that Plan support all aspects of 21st-century, personalized learning, from infrastructure to pedagogy.


District of Columbia

Washington, DC  is committed to helping students and teachers personalized learning.


The Georgia Department of Education is committed to supporting personalized student learning through the resources and services provide through Georgia’s Path for Personalized Learning program.


Hawaii’s Department of Education used the Future Ready framework to develop a comprehensive statewide learning plan to ensure that all Hawaiian schools go beyond computer labs and traditional project-based learning to seamless integration of technology in a way that expands learning beyond the four walls of the classroom.


Illinois is committed to maximizing digital learning opportunities for all students. Future Ready Illinois supports educators learning about and implementing personalized learning strategies, in order to achieve equity and excellence for each and every student in Illinois. 




The Hoosier state is known for much more than race cars and corn fields. Indiana is now recognized as a leader in the transformation to teaching and learning in the digital age.


Kansas is committed to systemic planning and implementation of personalized learning for students and teachers!


The Kentucky Department of Education supports Future Ready Schools by encouraging all districts to sign the Future Ready pledge and to use the dashboard tool to enhance their digital learning planning and implementation.


Maine’s Department of Education’s long-term initiative, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) made Maine the first state to transform teaching and learning within the classroom by implementing the county’s first (and largest) statewide 1:1 learning with technology initiative.


After hosting one of last year’s summits in Baltimore, Maryland continues their leadership in the digital learning field.


The Massachusetts Department of Digital Learning supports the expansion of high quality virtual, blended, and digital learning experiences to transform pedagogy and advance the education of every student in the Commonwealth.


Through leadership, policy implementation, and light-of-day reporting, the Michigan Department of Education will increase full-time, full-access systems of education that support success for every student.


Goal: Provide planning expertise and support to all interested districts and charter schools across Missouri in the implementation of digital learning to move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.


Nebraska has adopted the Future Ready framework as a structure of organizing and communicating the Future Ready Nebraska (FRN) plan.


New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Future Ready Schools program is a collaboration between the NH Department of Education and several professional education organizations in the state.  Together, the Future Ready Schools Steering Committee works to provide NH districts and educators with the professional development and guidance they need to transform their schools into personalized, competency-based, and innovative learning centers.


New Jersey

Future Ready Schools New Jersey is a certification program created to support our schools with the resources needed to implement digital learning and the promote the skills, abilities, and capacities essential for student success in college and career.

New Mexico

Future Ready New Mexico puts a strong emphasis on 21st Century Skills and providing support to teachers with free software and ongoing  professional development opportunities.

New York

The New York State Education Department supports efforts to provide technology-enhanced learning environments to improve teaching and learning.

North Carolina

The State Board of Education (SBE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) are committed to providing personalized digital-age education that K-12 students need to be successful in college, careers, and as globally engaged productive citizens


The Ohio Department of Education will provide guidance to all Ohio districts on digital empowerment to increase student achievement and engagement. By utilizing the Future Ready Framework, educating Ohio students can move from a traditional style of learning to a more personalized approach.


Oregon is committed to helping bring effective digital learning practices to schools throughout the state.


Pennsylvania Department of Education is a new Future Ready partner committed to supporting students and teachers through systemic digital learning planning.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island was the proud host of the New England Future Ready Summit in April 2015 and to continue support of the Future Ready Initiative in 2016.


Utah’s State Board of Education is encouraging districts to use the Future Ready dashboard assessment to assist with their digital learning grant applications.


Vermont’s Agency of Education is committed to helping bring effective digital learning practices to schools throughout the state.


The Virginia Department of Education is committed to helping bring effective digital learning practices to schools throughout the state.

West Virginia

The West Virginia Office of Instructional Technology provides statewide integrated technology initiatives, programs and projects for PreK-12 public schools and career, technical and adult education centers.


Providing the vision for equitable, personalized and engaged digital learning for all students in Wisconsin.


Wyoming has utilized the Future Ready Framework as the backbone of the states Digital Learning Plan, which outlines best practices in providing equal access to quality educational opportunities through technology. The Wyoming Department of Education is currently using the Future Ready Framework to guide the work of the department as a whole and assist state and school leaders in implementing personalized learning strategies to ensure all students are college, career and military ready.