BVSD is committed to being Future Ready. We’ve always been in the business of preparing students for the future, but how we prepare them is changing because our world is becoming more connected through technology.
Our superintendent, Bruce Messinger, recently signed the Future Ready Pledge, part of the federal government’s ConnectED Initiative, which recognizes the importance of: “building human capacity within schools and districts for effectively using increased connectivity and new devices to transform teaching and learning.”
In other words, we are committed to supporting our educators who transform the way students learn using technology with professional development.
This short video illustrates what being Future Ready means for our students. I hope you take a few moments to watch it and be inspired.
I recently attended the Future Ready Schools summit in Denver with Dr. Messinger, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services & Equity Ron Cabrera, and Ed Tech Director Kelly Sain. The summit, one of many across the nation, is sponsored by the US Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education to help ensure that we, as leaders in public education, are proactively planning for the future of education. I was pleasantly surprised that the summit was not exclusively about technology; it was about the support that our teachers need in order to be successful.We used our time together to plan how technology can improve student learning, and to identify the issues that need to be addressed so that we can transition smoothly into a digital learning environment. Specifically, we discussed the following gears from the Future Ready Framework:
- curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- professional learning
- technology, networks, and hardware
- budget and resources
- data and privacy
- use of time
- community partnerships
I’m happy to say that BVSD has already been working to address these topics.
- We are working to update our current 7-year curriculum adoption model, which was optimized for print materials, to a model that can handle subscription-based digital curriculum materials.
- We are supporting teachers at our 1:Web pilot schools, Centaurus High and Broomfield High, with extensive professional development that we will eventually scale up when 1:Web becomes district-wide.
- We are upgrading our internet pipe this summer to 4 times its current capacity.
- We are updating our student data privacy practices and policies.
- We will begin using the innovation funds from the recent bond to create areas for collaboration and learning within the schools.
Our biggest challenge to meeting the Future Ready Pledge is budget and resources. We need roughly $2.2 million per year to provide a digital device for every student and professional development for every teacher. Even with a budget of $300 million, this is still a big number.
In the meantime, our 1:Web pilots will continue so that we learn and prepare for the change in our educational practices over the next decade.
I appreciate your thoughts, so please share with how you are becoming “Future Ready.”
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