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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.

Reopening with Intentionality: A cohesive mindset that will guide us forward

“No interaction is too small, and time spent investing in the lives of others is never wasted.” We’re at a crux. We still remember how school felt for ourselves, our teachers, parents, and students the last two years. Our hope and optimism are continuing to be challenged by reports coming in regarding learning loss for…

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Future Ready Librarians Are Ready To Reinvent

I’ll admit it. It’s hard to think about work with the sun shining, the garden growing, and my mask wearing going from regular to occasional mode. Summer + vacation = recharging some seriously dead batteries. Why yes, I’ll have another cold beverage, please. But as a lifetime educator, going back to school has always been…

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Digital Learning Day Is Turning Ten! 

  Now, more than ever, digital learning is no longer confined to a school or classroom. Instead, learning is mobile and should be available to students anytime and anywhere. As we prepare for Digital Learning Day’s (DLDay’s) tenth birthday on February 25, 2021, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) invites educators to join our Future Ready Schools® (FRS) DLDay network because together we’re better, together we’re future ready.     When All4Ed started DLDay, many districts, schools, and educators felt uncertain about…

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Ohio School District Goes to the Dogs to Support Students’ Social-Emotional Needs

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of anxiety were rising among today’s students. But after months of school closures and social distancing, indicators of students’ overall health and well-being have suffered even further. In fact, findings from a survey of students by America’s Promise Alliance “suggest that students are experiencing a collective trauma [during the pandemic] and that they and…

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Future Ready Librarians Challenge Series Launching This Fall

Are you up for a wee challenge? Leading beyond the library is easier said than done. While this ‘edge of the wedge’ is a critical part of the Future Ready Librarians® Framework, it can be one of the hardest to effectively implement. But as the pandemic remakes libraries and schools, our leadership beyond the library…

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Wichita Public Schools Accelerates Shift to Personalized Learning During COVID-19

It takes a village to educate a child, especially during a global pandemic. Fortunately, “we have a very large village in Wichita,” says Rob Dickson, chief information officer for Wichita [Kansas] Public Schools. Through teamwork and a collective commitment to meeting every student’s needs, school and district leaders are working with the local Wichita community…

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Val Verde Unified School District Leads with “Love, Empathy, and Grace” During COVID-19 Pandemic

In mid-August, the Val Verde (California) Unified School District began the 2020–2021 school year with all 20,000 students engaged in high-quality distance learning. Like districts nationwide, Val Verde implemented full distance learning in the spring and again this school year to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic….

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Five Strategies for a Great Virtual Meeting

Ready or not, here they come. It’s that time again. It’s time for the students to return, and with that it’s time for the infamous back-to-school district kickoff meeting. It’s no secret that this year is so, so different than the kickoffs of years prior. Most years, administrators, teachers, and support staff return rested, having…

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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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