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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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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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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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