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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.

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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How Future Ready Librarians are supporting #RemoteLearning

As Future Ready Librarians, there are so many ways that we are supporting the remote learning that is taking place right now across the country.  There is no better time to think about how the skills, qualifications and qualities of a Future Ready Librarian support schools, students, teachers and families.  We are collaborating in new…

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Communication for School Leaders – Supporting Your 
Community During This Time of Uncertainty

Communication for School Leaders: Supporting Your 
Community During This Time of Uncertainty This is a stressful time for all of us. There is so much uncertainty in our world right now, and things are changing on a daily, if not hourly, basis. As the leader of your school community people look to you for guidance….

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It’s Not All Black and White: A Conversation Around Equity

Last summer, Adam Phyall and I were engaged in an interesting conversation. This isn’t uncommon as anyone that knows us knows we can debate and discuss just about anything under the sun, but this time it was different. For one, we weren’t at a conference or a school building. We were “tubing” down a river…

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How is your district preparing for a potential long-term closure?

In times like this, with so much uncertainly, the Future Ready Schools® network comes together to do exactly what we envisioned it to do five years ago; support each other with tools, resources, and advice as districts embark on similar challenges. Last night the FRS network did just that during an hour long twitter chat…

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Equity and Innovation Meet in Edgecombe County to Reimagine Students’ Futures

This blog is part of a series highlighting the voices of educators committed to supporting equity and fulfilling the promise of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. To learn more about how you can support the legacy of this landmark case, join the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (All4Ed’s) #OurChallengeOurHope campaign. Where does…

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Bristol Township School District Empowers Students Through Innovative Digital Learning Strategies

 Building community partnerships (one of the seven gears in the Future Ready Framework) has been instrumental in supporting Bristol Township School District’s transition to student-centered learning. Through partnerships with Digital Promise—a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) founding partner—and the Verizon Foundation, Bristol Township launched a one-to-one student-to-device initiative at its two middle schools in 2015. Now,…

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“Student Centered, Future Focused”: Montour School District Designs Schools That Are Future Ready

Whether they are teaching multiplication facts with the video game Minecraft or exploring engineering concepts in a Lego-themed makerspace, educators in Pennsylvania’s Montour School District always ask themselves, “Is this best for children?”—not just for today, but for the future students will face as adults. “Our entire school community, led by our superintendent and school…

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Avonworth School District Engages Students with Community-Based Projects and Innovative Classroom Spaces

The mission of Avonworth School District in western Pennsylvania is to “empower students through authentic experiences to become creative, innovative thinkers.” To fulfill that mission, the district embarked on a strategic planning process to determine what is most important for the district’s 1,856 students to learn and how they should learn it. Through that process,…

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Aligning your budget to district priorities matters.

Why? Because when spending is tracked against the district’s goals, the district ensures intentional spending is raising student achievement.  Let’s focus on the FRS framework gear, Budget and Resources. Here district leaders need to: Seek opportunities to leverage efficiency and cost savings on an ongoing basis and provide consistent funding for sustainability. Align budgets with…

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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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