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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].

Building Strong Partnerships to Support Digital Learning

This blog is reposted with permission from Ohio’s Department of Education’s Extra Credit Blog by Stephanie Donofoe Meeks on May 23, 2019. How many of you remember the Carol Burnett show, either reruns or originals? I realize I am dating myself here! Growing up, watching these comedic partnerships was one of the highlights of my…

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Making Education Special

When I think back on my early days in school, I remember lining up, sitting by alphabetical order, and taking standardized tests that determined the class I would land in the following year. That model of school really separated the winners and losers at an early age and did so with minimal metrics for determining…

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Why Do States Need to Be Future Ready?

The world is changing, driven largely by the rapid advances in technology over the past decades. While the impact of this change can be felt through all aspects of society, the challenges it creates are perhaps felt most acutely in education, where leaders and educators are tasked with preparing our future workers, employers, leaders and…

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What School Leaders Need to Drive Change in Schools

School is changing. Forget about those sepia images of rows of battered desks, like weary sentries, facing a dusty chalkboard. Over the past decade, thousands of U.S. public schools—traditional and charter, from elementary through high school—are trying something different. Valor Collegiate Academies in Nashville, Tennessee, is championing a social-emotional curriculum centered around students demonstrating mastery…

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Future Ready Reflections from a Principal

I had the pleasure of attending a Future Ready Institute last week in Albany. It was a last minute decision to take the drive and spend two days learning with Future Ready Schools and the Friday Institute. A decision I will never regret! Whenever there is an opportunity to be in the same room as…

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Pelham School District’s Path to Personalization

In April 2015, Pelham School District in New Hampshire began its journey to become a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) district. Work had begun to update the current technology plan, but the district’s attendance at the Rhode Island FRS summit supplied a framework that brought Pelham beyond technology integration to a vision of how every learner…

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Utilizing ESSA to Support Your State’s Future Ready Schools® Work

Nearly fourteen years separate the enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015 from its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, and much has changed in that time. Technology has reshaped the world, transforming social structures, disrupting entire industries, and impacting institutions, including schools. Numerous state and districts (twenty-eight states and…

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Creating Schools That Are Future Ready

Spending on educational technology has continued to climb to record levels, equating to billions of dollars per year in the U.S., despite the stagnation of many school district budgets. As school leaders around the country consider investing in technology as a way to improve student learning outcomes, it’s imperative that they seek a “return on…

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ROWVA Schools is on the road to being Future Ready

The ROWVA School District, located in rural Knox County, Illinois, encompasses 183 square miles and houses 648 students from five small towns. The district has a pre-K–6 elementary school and a 7–12 junior-senior high school. There are approximately sixty teachers and staff who work with three administrators to educate the students of ROWVA, which is…

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Infusing Libraries into Future Ready Schools®

How do libraries enhance the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) effort in school districts across the country? During a FRS national summit held in Seattle, several teacher-librarians were invited to participate alongside administrator teams from California, Idaho, Iowa, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington. They spoke to the roles of the library programs in their school districts, introduced…

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The Future of Future Ready Schools®

Many have asked about the future of Future Ready Schools®, which was launched by President Obama in 2014 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. The short answer…

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A Future Ready Shift in Reporting Student Progress

Future Ready – minded educators in the San Antonio Union School District in Southern Monterey County, California, received the task of redesigning the primary/elementary grade report cards for the district. The focus of the redesign was to create a template that allowed for reporting on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) grade-level academic standards as…

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Future Ready Librarians View Innovative Libraries First Hand in Baltimore County

As a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) district, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) served as the host of the recent Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools (League) meeting. The theme of this meeting was focused on equity and showcased the many ways BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students. Access and…

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Why Not Unleash the Instructional Leadership of Librarians to Foster Future Ready Schools?

This is a question I’ve been considering for many years, both as a teacher librarian and more recently as a district leader. In my recent TEDx talk entitled “Changing the Conversation About Librarians,” I explored both the past and future of school librarianship based on my experiences and the emerging leadership of librarians in Vancouver…

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