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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.

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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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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A Student Perspective: A Rural District in Western Illinois Embraces Optimism and Change

Whitney Koss, a senior at ROWVA High School in Illinois, shares her perspective on what it means to be Future Ready.

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#FutureReady Community Partnerships

Anthony Gabriele shares the story of how Garnet Valley, a K-12 suburban Philadelphia public school, built a Community Partnership with Kutztown University, an institution of higher education.

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Improving Teaching and Learning Through Communities of Practice

The Future Ready Librarians (FRL) framework shapes conversations and anchors professional learning to grow teaching and learning practice in Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). To deepen learning on building instructional partnerships, BCPS implemented the Communities of Practice (CoP) model for its secondary-level (grades 6–12) library media specialists (LMSs). Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger define Communities…

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Future Ready Schools® Encourages Educators to Speak Up!

FRS Urges District Leaders to Lead Conversations on Technology for Learning Future Ready Schools® (FRS)—led by the Alliance for Excellent Education—is thrilled to support Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, which provides an easy way for students, parents, educators, and members of the community to participate in local decisionmaking about technology,…

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Ignite, Inspire and Innovate at the Future Ready Institute in Philadelphia

I recently attended the Future Ready Conference in Philadelphia and I can not say enough about what a powerful experience it was.  If you have the opportunity to attend a Future Ready Conference, take it! The two days were filled with learning, growing, and collaborating with amazing educators that all had the same goal of…

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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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