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On a regular basis, the Future Ready Schools initiative is highlighted in various online articles, magazines, local newspapers, and other media outlets. If your school has been highlighted with Future Ready referenced, or if you’re interested in sharing a guest blog for this site, please reach out to Lia Dossin.

Personalized Learning in a Post–COVID-19 World

NOTE: This is part three of a three-part blog series in which Matthew Friedman, EdD, shares his findings about the trends, strengths, and weaknesses of the Future Ready Schools® network across the four regions of the United States and looks at the exciting possibilities for personalized learning in schools in the post–COVID-19 world. The education…

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Digital Learning Day Inspires Educators to “Become the Best Teacher or Librarian You Can Be”  

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, equipping each student with a personal laptop or other computing device is no longer revolutionary—it’s a necessity. As virus cases continue to climb, students rely on their district-issued devices to learn remotely and in hybrid classrooms.    But a decade ago, Van Meter Community School District in Iowa was one of only a handful of districts implementing one-to-one learning—an approach that provides each student in the district with access to an electronic device to support digital learning. At the time,…

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Closing the Homework Gap in Middletown City School District

On any given day, about 30 percent of students in Middletown City (Ohio) School District lack the home internet connectivity they need to participate in learning activities outside of school. It’s a reality that Superintendent Marlon Styles, Jr., and his team have worked diligently to address since he arrived in the urban school district three…

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Ongoing and Frequent Communication for the Community Is Essential During #RemoteLearning

School boards across the country are working with their local districts to address the unique learning challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transitioning to remote learning is difficult for everyone and not all families are equipped to create a home learning environment easily. Additionally, many families may not have access to adequate food and services, which…

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School Boards Continue to Perform the Business Functions of Districts During COVID- 19

As school boards work with local educators to continue instruction in a remote environment, they also must continue to perform the business functions of the school district. School boards typically oversee the academic, legal, and financial health of a district; set governing policies; determine how funds are spent; and represent the public interest to serve…

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Statement of Deborah Delisle, President and CEO of All4Ed, on the Killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd

“The horrific killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless others, and the passionate demonstrations that have followed across the country, show us once again that as educators and advocates for children, we have much more work to do to tear down racist systems and structures in the U.S. Candid, constructive conversations are long…

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We Can’t Put the Genie Back in the Bottle: Designing Next-Generation Education in the Time of Crisis

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, people in North Carolina, the U.S. and around the world are confined to their homes with no clear idea of when life will shift to a new normal. While educators continue to adapt to conducting school during COVID-19, we’re being called to think differently about how we serve…

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Closing the Homework Gap: Questions from Superintendents to the Federal Communications Commission

It’s no secret that the current global pandemic has completely derailed many aspects of everyday life. We’re all living it. Some of the things we’ve taken for granted, from social interactions with friends, to gathering at a place of worship, to attending a local sporting event, have come to a standstill. Statewide shutdowns also have forced educators…

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Equity During COVID-19 Means Meeting Every Student’s Unique Need

Ever since Middletown Township Public Schools (New Jersey) joined the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) network in 2015, the district has prioritized personalized learning for both its students and staff. At that time, district leaders never expected they would draw on that forward-thinking approach and commitment to innovative practices to educate students during a worldwide health crisis—or that…

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How Future Ready Tech Leaders are supporting #RemoteLearning

As Future Ready Tech Leaders, we are used to dealing with some form of daily crisis. That said, none of us could have predicted the massive shift to online learning caused by COVID-19. We’ve all been forced to change the way we think about learning and how we can support our learners remotely. From 24-hour…

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Supporting Exceptional Students Through Student-Centered Learning Strategies

In our recent Future Ready webinar,  Supporting Exceptional Students Through Student-Centered Learning Strategies, sponsored by All Covered a division of Konica Minolta,  Leslie DiChiara, Sharon Plante, and Ace Parsi shared their expertise on the unique approaches educators and leaders can apply to ensure that students with disabilities have the resources they need to engage in…

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Keeping School Special for Children with Learning Differences

How one school has managed to keep the bar high to avoid the COVID-Slide It did not take long for us at AIM Academy to recognize in February that, like schools on the west coast, we would eventually face closure as a result of the growing COVID-19 crisis. Being a school exclusively for bright children…

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Rowland Unified School District Provides “Innovative Learning for All” During COVID-19

Within forty-eight hours of closing schools to protect students, staff, and the community from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), district leaders in Rowland Unified School District (CA) (RUSD) rolled out their plan for educating students remotely. In a swift weekend response, Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell and her team of educators mapped out a three-part…

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Enriching Learning Opportunities Through the Cloud

School and district leaders often are asked to do more with less, particularly when it comes to technology and classroom modernization. Leaders must ensure that every dollar spent on technology and innovation improves accessibility and operations, enriches learning, and prepares students to join the future workforce. Future Ready Schools, with support from our partners at…

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