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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.

Creating a Culture of Collaborative Leadership

Leading the work within a school is a significant opportunity and responsibility. You impact the lives of students and determine the trajectory of their future. This significance helps one to recognize the importance of collaborative leadership. Leaders must continually grow with their own skill sets, but to maximize their impact, leaders understand developing others through…

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Digital Learning Day Is Turning Ten! 

  Now, more than ever, digital learning is no longer confined to a school or classroom. Instead, learning is mobile and should be available to students anytime and anywhere. As we prepare for Digital Learning Day’s (DLDay’s) tenth birthday on February 25, 2021, the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) invites educators to join our Future Ready Schools® (FRS) DLDay network because together we’re better, together we’re future ready.     When All4Ed started DLDay, many districts, schools, and educators felt uncertain about…

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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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Aligning your budget to district priorities matters.

Why? Because when spending is tracked against the district’s goals, the district ensures intentional spending is raising student achievement.  Let’s focus on the FRS framework gear, Budget and Resources. Here district leaders need to: Seek opportunities to leverage efficiency and cost savings on an ongoing basis and provide consistent funding for sustainability. Align budgets with…

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Creativity Unlocked: 1:1 Initiative and New Makerspaces Make Learning Personal in Deer Lakes School District

Bobbi-Ann Barnes isn’t shy about how she feels about worksheets. “I have never cared for worksheets. They are not engaging and simply require rote memorization,” says Barnes, assistant superintendent in Deer Lakes School District in northern Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. “Does a kid go home and say, ‘I had a great time doing a worksheet’? There…

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Building Literacy Through Immersive Classrooms

What do VR goggles, a plane ticket to Greece, a Global Portal, and a Medieval kaftan have in common? They can all be important tools for teaching reading comprehension. Fluent reading is complex. When we sit down to read, we simultaneously coordinate many literacy relevant sub-skills. We must access the text on the page as…

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Leveraging Data and the Cloud While Protecting Student Data Privacy

After spending time in the classroom and then as a building principal at both the secondary and elementary levels, I spent time as a Technology Director in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In reflecting on my three years in that role before moving to the Alliance for Excellent Education, only one thing remained the same, and that…

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New Tools Build Future Ready Librarian Leadership

Micro-credential and self-reflection tools support professional growth As a former librarian and district leader, I found that success was the best form of advocacy — when the great work of librarians is shared and documented, good things follow for students and library programs. That said, it’s often difficult to effectively tell the story about how…

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Kicking off the 2019 Future Ready Schools® Institutes in Nashville

On September 11 and 12, the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) team kicked off the fall event series in Nashville, Tennessee, with more than 170 leaders from twenty-six districts and eleven states. During the next six weeks, we will lead five additional institutes across the United States, including today and tomorrow’s institute in Manchester, New Hampshire. We’ll also hold…

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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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The 3 Biggest Challenges of Blended Learning — and How to Overcome Them

Can technology really transform education? Over the past decade, countless tools and programs have exploded on the education scene, presenting new ways to deliver, enhance, and assess content. However, the most popular products blur the line between supporting and replacing educators. The challenge is finding a way to delicately infuse technology into classroom instruction in a…

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An Equity Approach to Creating Future Ready Schools

Educators across the country work diligently to provide learning experiences that are of high quality and relevant to the needs of today’s modern learners. Whether the point of intervention focuses on student engagement, literacy, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), Project Based Learning (PBL), or other innovative content, districts continue to evolve, and great work…

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“Citizenship: On & Offline.” A compliment to Future Ready Schools

ACCEPT U is a Social Emotional Learning curriculum series, modeled off the Principles of Character, designed to ensure the development of the Whole Child. Targeting 21st Century State Standards, ACCEPT U delivers content that is highly interactive, inclusion, and collaborative among both staff and students. Focused on modeling the importance of acceptance and tolerance, empathy…

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4 Ideas for an Effective Leadership Retreat This Summer

With the last bell of the year, school and district leaders from coast to coast begin thinking ahead and planning for what is to come. Although each district’s way of going about it is unique, all leadership teams come together to reflect on the past year and begin to envision the next. Having participated in…

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