John King Op-Ed: Building a Nation of Makers

Jun 20, 2016

Today, I am excited to announce that the Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education are launching Future Ready Librarians, an expansion of the Future Ready initiative aimed at positioning librarians as leaders in the digital transformation of learning. Among other critical roles, Future Ready Librarians design collaborative library spaces that enable open-ended exploration, tinkering and making that empower students as creators while serving as digital learning coaches who work side by side with teachers.

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Bristol Township School District Empowers Students Through Innovative Digital Learning Strategies

 Building community partnerships (one of the seven gears in the Future Ready Framework) has been instrumental in supporting Bristol Township School District’s transition to student-centered learning. Through partnerships with Digital Promise—a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) founding partner—and the Verizon Foundation, Bristol Township launched a one-to-one student-to-device initiative at its two middle schools in 2015. Now,…

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“Student Centered, Future Focused”: Montour School District Designs Schools That Are Future Ready

Whether they are teaching multiplication facts with the video game Minecraft or exploring engineering concepts in a Lego-themed makerspace, educators in Pennsylvania’s Montour School District always ask themselves, “Is this best for children?”—not just for today, but for the future students will face as adults. “Our entire school community, led by our superintendent and school…

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Avonworth School District Engages Students with Community-Based Projects and Innovative Classroom Spaces

The mission of Avonworth School District in western Pennsylvania is to “empower students through authentic experiences to become creative, innovative thinkers.” To fulfill that mission, the district embarked on a strategic planning process to determine what is most important for the district’s 1,856 students to learn and how they should learn it. Through that process,…

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