Future Ready Schools® Is Coming to Your Region!

frs-navigatingjourneyRegistration Open for 2018 FRS Institutes!

Future Ready Schools® (FRS) institutes are FREE two-day professional learning events designed to support school and district leaders in creating policies, procedures, and practices that empower them to transform teaching and learning in their school and/or district.

During FRS institutes, district teams comprised of administrators, technology leaders, principals, librarians, and instructional leaders (or teacher leaders) collaborate to build regional networks of like-minded colleagues, generate feedback on practice, and identify resources to take their personalized learning strategies to the next level.

Attendees will:

  • Discuss FRS characteristics, including ties to the Future Ready District Pledge.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to create a collective vision on how to support each other.
  • Discuss relevant FRS gears that lead to a successful digital conversion within the FRS framework.
  • Gain strategies to personalize teachers’ professional development.
  • Build capacity to change culture, expand leadership, and develop a schoolwide program.
  • Actively participate in learning activities that model good instructional practices.
  • Build an FRS action plan that supports digital transformation.
  • Learn how to progress from one step to the next in the FRS five-step planning process for creating an FRS action plan.
  • Grow a community that will continue to impact change and expand conversations beyond the FRS institute.

Bring a Team of Educators from Your District

Taking steps toward true systematic change? Recruit up to 10 colleagues from your district to attend with you! Below are a few suggestions.

  • Assessment Directors
  • Internet Technology Managers
  • Professional Development Coordinators
  • School-based leaders
  • Instructional Coaches/Teacher Leaders
  • Principals/Assistant Principals
  • Librarians/Media Specialists
  • Superintendents
  • Assistant Superintendents
  • Chief Academic Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Curriculum and Instructions Professionals

The 2018 FRS Agenda

The 2018 FRS institute agenda is interactive, personalized, and designed by the FRS advisory team that is comprised of nationally recognized school- and district-level practitioners who have demonstrated success in innovation in education

By using the information learned from the Future Ready Schools institute, the Future Ready Frameworks and the Interactive Dashboard, the Central Bucks Schools leadership team had the confidence to create a vision that was well planned and modern.

-Jason Jaffe, Director of Technology and Innovation, Central Bucks Schools (PA)

Format

During the two-day Institute, there will be many opportunities to network with attendees as well as like-minded colleagues. A mix of small- and large-group learning experiences will leave you feeling inspired and ready to roll up your sleeves back home to implement changes that matter to your students.

 Agenda

FRS is working with a Leadership Team of leading educational experts to create a research-based, two-day agenda that is action packed with personalized professional learning that models high-quality professional development practices lead by expert facilitators. Here is copy of 2017 agenda and we anticipate the 2018 agenda to be the same.

 

Advisory Team

The FRS Advisory Team is comprised of educational thought leaders who have expertise implementing digital learning practice, along with extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for use of Future Ready Schools materials.

VIEW FRS ADVISORY TEAM

I had an amazing experience attending a Future Ready Schools Institute.  At the Institute, I learned practical strategies that I could use to better work with educators in my district.  In addition, we were able to learn more about the Future Ready Framework, which we are implementing in our district.  I highly recommend it!

 

– Dr. Sarah Thomas, Regional Technology Coordinator, Prince George County Public Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

FRS institutes were created with the busy innovative educator in mind. They are efficient and purposeful. Challenging topics are addressed like designing a culture of change and modernizing education practices while building connections with other like-minded educators. Every institute offers something useful for everyone.

The agenda was developed with the district team in mind, which is why individuals are strongly encourage to bring a colleague. Attendees have more impact leading change back in the district when they participate with colleagues from various roles. However, if only you are able to attend, FRS will happily accommodate you so that you do not miss out.

Yes. Before attending, FRS encourages your team to look at the FRS District Pledge and ask your superintendent to consider making the commitment. Signing the pledge is a great step for creating the network of like-minded innovative educators in your district. The pledge reflects FRS core beliefs that students are at the center of all planning efforts, and it takes many people working together to make positive change. Here are the eight research-based concepts that make up the pledge:

  1. Foster a culture of collaborative leadership.
  2. Provide rigorous academic content for all students to build life skills.
  3. Empower personalized professional learning opportunities.
  4. Help schools and families transition to anytime, anywhere learning.
  5. Rethink the use of space and time.
  6. Implement thoughtful data and privacy policies and protocols.
  7. Focus on long-term sustainability.
  8. Share and mentor ideas for continuous improvement.

Each of the more than 16,000 districts in the U.S. education system is unique and takes its own personalized approach to modernizing learning for both students and teachers. However, despite these varied approaches, the core values of being a future ready school and/or district hold true regardless of where the school or district is on the journey in creating schools that today’s modern learners both need and deserve.

All school districts are encouraged to stand up for student-centered learning; take the FRS District Pledge and join the more than 3,200 districts who are on the road to being future ready.

The agenda for FRS 2018 institutes is largely a continuation of the FRS 2017 institute agenda. There will be some new content added for 2018, but based on survey feedback, the majority of activities will be repeated. Although FRS would enjoy seeing its alumni attend again, please spread the word and encourage a colleague to attend who has not yet attended.

FRS is planning an FRS alumni event for December 2018. At this event, FRS will feature the work and progress of the more than 500 districts that have participated in institutes/summits over the past three years. Click here to be the first receive the details about the alumni event.

FRS institutes are open to teams of educators from schools and districts that are interested in maximizing student-centered learning opportunities and leveraging technology to prepare students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Here are the types of educators and leaders encouraged to attend:

  • District-level leaders
  • Superintendents
  • Assistant Superintendents
  • Chief Academic Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Technology Officers
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Curriculum and Instruction Professionals
  • Assessment Directors
  • Internet Technology Managers
  • Professional Development Coordinators
  • School-based leaders
  • Instructional Coaches/Teacher Leaders
  • Principals/Assistant Principals
  • Librarians/Media Specialists

You will be missed! Help FRS serve as many educators as possible by giving 7–10 days’ notice so a person on the waiting list can attend. Although the FRS institutes are free to attend, FRS pays for each registrant (food, etc.), so helping to be fiscally responsible is appreciated.

Questions?

For more information contact, Lia Dossin, ldossin@all4ed.org.