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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].

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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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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Indiana Graduation Pathways Must Lead to Evidence of College and Career Readiness Competencies

The Indiana State Board of Education has recently approved new graduation pathway requirements for students. Indiana school districts may adopt pathways as early as next year, but will be mandated to develop pathways for the graduating class of 2023.  The Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township has taken a proactive approach at developing pathways,…

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Future Ready with a Library Voice

This is blog is a repost from Jamie Locklin’s Blog. I came into my current position as the Director of Digital Learning three years ago. My task in that first year seemed monumental as I was to serve 1,400 teachers and approximately 19,000 students in 23 schools with just four digital learning instructional coaches. The…

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FRS Student Voice: Educational Change

The FRS Student Voice is a blog series to that provides a forum for students to share how they have been impacted by their leaders who are supporting the FRS Program. My name is Adam and I’m a sixth grader going to Still Middle School, and I think the educational system should be changed for…

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An Interview with CAO of Downingtown School District, Matt Friedman

  About Downingtown Area School District % Free and Reduced Lunch: 10.51% # of Staff:  925 Certified Staff # of Students: close to 13,000 active students Race/Ethnicity: 78.48% White, 3.33% Black, 4.62% Hispanic, and 11.35% Asian # of Schools: 3 High Schools, 3 Middle Schools, 10 Elementary What are your most recent experiences transitioning to…

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A Rural District in Western Illinois Embraces Optimism and Change

This blog post is written by high school senior, Whitney Koss, and is reposted from Rural School Collaborative. When thinking of a small town school, it’s common to think of the close-knit communities that give teachers and students the opportunities to work together to create individualized learning. I am a proud senior at one of those small…

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Baltimore County Public Schools and Baltimore County Public Library Work Together to Support Citizens and Lifelong Learners

Cultivating community partnerships is a foundational element in the Baltimore County Public Schools’s (BCPS’s) library story. BCPS’s collaborations with Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL), Towson University, and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools significantly contribute to supporting BCPS’s students, families, and staff in a shared commitment to creating literate, lifelong learners. Since 2013,…

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More Than Just an iPad: Personalizing Learning at an Early Age

“You do what in kindergarten?!” is a common question I hear when asked about how we are redesigning Woodson Kindergarten Center (#WoodsonK) in Austin, Minnesota, with the early learner in mind. As principal of a school serving more than 400 ki ndergarten students, over twenty home languages, and has a growing number of students qualifying…

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A Student Perspective: A Rural District in Western Illinois Embraces Optimism and Change

Whitney Koss, a senior at ROWVA High School in Illinois, shares her perspective on what it means to be Future Ready.

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#FutureReady Community Partnerships

Anthony Gabriele shares the story of how Garnet Valley, a K-12 suburban Philadelphia public school, built a Community Partnership with Kutztown University, an institution of higher education.

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Improving Teaching and Learning Through Communities of Practice

The Future Ready Librarians (FRL) framework shapes conversations and anchors professional learning to grow teaching and learning practice in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). To deepen learning on building instructional partnerships, BCPS implemented the Communities of Practice (CoP) model for its secondary-level (grades 6–12) library media specialists (LMSs). Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger define Communities…

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Future Ready Schools® Encourages Educators to Speak Up!

FRS Urges District Leaders to Lead Conversations on Technology for Learning Future Ready Schools® (FRS)—led by the Alliance for Excellent Education—is thrilled to support Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, which provides an easy way for students, parents, educators, and members of the community to participate in local decisionmaking about technology,…

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Ignite, Inspire and Innovate at the Future Ready Institute in Philadelphia

I recently attended the Future Ready Conference in Philadelphia and I can not say enough about what a powerful experience it was.  If you have the opportunity to attend a Future Ready Conference, take it! The two days were filled with learning, growing, and collaborating with amazing educators that all had the same goal of…

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