The Future of Future Ready Schools®

Feb 9, 2017

Many have asked about the future of Future Ready Schools®, which was launched by President Obama in 2014 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. The short answer is that the future of Future Ready Schools is extremely bright.

In the coming weeks, the Alliance and Future Ready Schools will announce exciting new projects that will build on this momentum to help district leaders, school leaders, and teachers plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential. Specifically, we’ll be announcing the schedule for a series of “Institutes” throughout the country, tools for rural schools, robust support for state leaders, and a brand new planning section of the Future Ready Schools dashboard aligned with Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

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Future Ready Schools was created with the understanding that the Alliance for Excellent Education would develop and run the program as a freestanding program, no matter who succeeded Barack Obama as president.

No federal funds have ever been given to support the Future Ready Schools program. It was built and continues to thrive in consultation with its sixty national partners and is supported and managed by the Alliance.

The tremendous show of support from the more than 3,000 districts committed to being Future Ready—including more than 800 that were added in the last three months—is an affirmation of our efforts and confirms the value and need of the Future Ready Schools program.

Future Ready Schools is dedicated to supporting districts with digital learning transition tools that empowers teachers and address districts’ vision for student learning personalized learning. All we ask of you is to stay tuned, get involved, and let us know how we can help!

Bob Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia.

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