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The Future Ready Schools blog highlights various success stories from schools and districts that are ensuring equitable access to a personalized, student-centered learning environment and providing robust learning experiences that prepare their students for an increasingly technology-driven workforce and world. If your school or district would like to share your story as a guest blogger, please contact Lia Dossin at [email protected].

Creativity Unlocked: 1:1 Initiative and New Makerspaces Make Learning Personal in Deer Lakes School District

Bobbi-Ann Barnes isn’t shy about how she feels about worksheets. “I have never cared for worksheets. They are not engaging and simply require rote memorization,” says Barnes, assistant superintendent in Deer Lakes School District in northern Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. “Does a kid go home and say, ‘I had a great time doing a worksheet’? There…

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Building Literacy Through Immersive Classrooms

What do VR goggles, a plane ticket to Greece, a Global Portal, and a Medieval kaftan have in common? They can all be important tools for teaching reading comprehension. Fluent reading is complex. When we sit down to read, we simultaneously coordinate many literacy relevant sub-skills. We must access the text on the page as…

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Leveraging Data and the Cloud While Protecting Student Data Privacy

After spending time in the classroom and then as a building principal at both the secondary and elementary levels, I spent time as a Technology Director in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In reflecting on my three years in that role before moving to the Alliance for Excellent Education, only one thing remained the same, and that…

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New Tools Build Future Ready Librarian Leadership

Micro-credential and self-reflection tools support professional growth As a former librarian and district leader, I found that success was the best form of advocacy — when the great work of librarians is shared and documented, good things follow for students and library programs. That said, it’s often difficult to effectively tell the story about how…

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Kicking off the 2019 Future Ready Schools® Institutes in Nashville

On September 11 and 12, the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) team kicked off the fall event series in Nashville, Tennessee, with more than 170 leaders from twenty-six districts and eleven states. During the next six weeks, we will lead five additional institutes across the United States, including today and tomorrow’s institute in Manchester, New Hampshire. We’ll also hold…

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Making Education Special

When I think back on my early days in school, I remember lining up, sitting by alphabetical order, and taking standardized tests that determined the class I would land in the following year. That model of school really separated the winners and losers at an early age and did so with minimal metrics for determining…

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The 3 Biggest Challenges of Blended Learning — and How to Overcome Them

Can technology really transform education? Over the past decade, countless tools and programs have exploded on the education scene, presenting new ways to deliver, enhance, and assess content. However, the most popular products blur the line between supporting and replacing educators. The challenge is finding a way to delicately infuse technology into classroom instruction in a…

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An Equity Approach to Creating Future Ready Schools

Educators across the country work diligently to provide learning experiences that are of high quality and relevant to the needs of today’s modern learners. Whether the point of intervention focuses on student engagement, literacy, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Project Based Learning (PBL), or other innovative content, districts continue to evolve, and great work…

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“Citizenship: On & Offline.” A compliment to Future Ready Schools

ACCEPT U is a Social Emotional Learning curriculum series, modeled off the Principles of Character, designed to ensure the development of the Whole Child. Targeting 21st Century State Standards, ACCEPT U delivers content that is highly interactive, inclusion, and collaborative among both staff and students. Focused on modeling the importance of acceptance and tolerance, empathy…

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4 Ideas for an Effective Leadership Retreat This Summer

With the last bell of the year, school and district leaders from coast to coast begin thinking ahead and planning for what is to come. Although each district’s way of going about it is unique, all leadership teams come together to reflect on the past year and begin to envision the next. Having participated in…

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Building Strong Partnerships to Support Digital Learning

This blog is reposted with permission from Ohio’s Department of Education’s Extra Credit Blog by Stephanie Donofoe Meeks on May 23, 2019. How many of you remember the Carol Burnett show, either reruns or originals? I realize I am dating myself here! Growing up, watching these comedic partnerships was one of the highlights of my…

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Getting to know Future Ready Ohio — An Introduction to the Framework and Available Resources

Ohio recently hosted its first Future Ready Schools Institute, which I was lucky enough to attend. Prior to the institute, my knowledge of Future Ready was limited to an understanding that the focus was on personalizing student learning.

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What does #FutureReady mean really?

In November, 2014 I was one of a hundred superintendents invited to kick off the Future Ready initiative at the White House. I remember it well, a cold day standing on the White House steps wondering what would happen next. Listening to the President speak, a high point came when all the superintendents were invited…

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What Does It Mean To Be a Lakota Future Ready Teacher?

 Last fall when Lakota Local Schools Superintendent, Matthew Miller, signed the Future Ready Pledge, the district’s instructional coaches went to work.  Using the Future Ready Schools (FRS) Instructional Coaches Framework as a guide, coaches began to learn about the 8 components of the FRS Instructional Coach gear to support personalized learning in all Lakota classrooms….

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