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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].

“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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Getting to know Future Ready Ohio — An Introduction to the Framework and Available Resources

Ohio recently hosted its first Future Ready Schools Institute, which I was lucky enough to attend. Prior to the institute, my knowledge of Future Ready was limited to an understanding that the focus was on personalizing student learning.

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What does #FutureReady mean really?

In November, 2014 I was one of a hundred superintendents invited to kick off the Future Ready initiative at the White House. I remember it well, a cold day standing on the White House steps wondering what would happen next. Listening to the President speak, a high point came when all the superintendents were invited…

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What Does It Mean To Be a Lakota Future Ready Teacher?

 Last fall when Lakota Local Schools Superintendent, Matthew Miller, signed the Future Ready Pledge, the district’s instructional coaches went to work.  Using the Future Ready Schools (FRS) Instructional Coaches Framework as a guide, coaches began to learn about the 8 components of the FRS Instructional Coach gear to support personalized learning in all Lakota classrooms….

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Collaborating, Curating, and OER:  BCPS School Librarian and Teacher Partnerships

The Future Ready Librarians (FRL) framework supports our continuing efforts to develop purposeful partnerships between school librarians and teachers and to connect our school libraries to classrooms.  To deepen learning on curation and building instructional partnerships we recently launched a professional learning opportunity for collaborative teams consisting of school librarians and teachers.  Our school librarians…

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Brehm Preparatory School Youth Business Fair

Brehm Preparatory School hosted our first ever Youth Business Fair on Saturday, May 5th. Brehm students developed a brand, created a product or service, built a marketing strategy, and then opened for customers at our one-day marketplace. This event was sponsored by Acton Academy of Acton Children’s Business Fair, Brehm Foundation, SIU Credit Union, Pepsi…

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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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