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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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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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Keeping School Special for Children with Learning Differences

How one school has managed to keep the bar high to avoid the COVID-Slide It did not take long for us at AIM Academy to recognize in February that, like schools on the west coast, we would eventually face closure as a result of the growing COVID-19 crisis. Being a school exclusively for bright children…

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Rowland Unified School District Provides “Innovative Learning for All” During COVID-19

Within forty-eight hours of closing schools to protect students, staff, and the community from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), district leaders in Rowland Unified School District (CA) (RUSD) rolled out their plan for educating students remotely. In a swift weekend response, Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell and her team of educators mapped out a three-part…

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Enriching Learning Opportunities Through the Cloud

School and district leaders often are asked to do more with less, particularly when it comes to technology and classroom modernization. Leaders must ensure that every dollar spent on technology and innovation improves accessibility and operations, enriches learning, and prepares students to join the future workforce. Future Ready Schools, with support from our partners at…

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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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