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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.

Collaborative Leadership Means Empowering Those Around Us

When Tara Desiderio describes the people with whom she works, she rarely refers to them as “staff.” To her, they are family. Even though she carries the title of “principal” at Wescosville Elementary School in eastern Pennsylvania, Desiderio sees herself as another member of the school team. “Working together as a team is something I…

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Mentorship Matters: 8 Tips For Developing a Strong Mentor Program

Making the Commitment Every year, school districts around the world entrust thousands of new educators to serve their communities as they hire and provide them with a special opportunity to begin long, meaningful educational careers. Most likely, these educators have endured rigorous processes that have determined that they are capable of making an unmistakable and…

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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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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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