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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.

Ongoing and Frequent Communication for the Community Is Essential During #RemoteLearning

School boards across the country are working with their local districts to address the unique learning challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transitioning to remote learning is difficult for everyone and not all families are equipped to create a home learning environment easily. Additionally, many families may not have access to adequate food and services, which…

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School Boards Continue to Perform the Business Functions of Districts During COVID- 19

As school boards work with local educators to continue instruction in a remote environment, they also must continue to perform the business functions of the school district. School boards typically oversee the academic, legal, and financial health of a district; set governing policies; determine how funds are spent; and represent the public interest to serve…

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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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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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Getting to know Future Ready Ohio — An Introduction to the Framework and Available Resources

Ohio recently hosted its first Future Ready Schools Institute, which I was lucky enough to attend. Prior to the institute, my knowledge of Future Ready was limited to an understanding that the focus was on personalizing student learning.

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What does #FutureReady mean really?

In November, 2014 I was one of a hundred superintendents invited to kick off the Future Ready initiative at the White House. I remember it well, a cold day standing on the White House steps wondering what would happen next. Listening to the President speak, a high point came when all the superintendents were invited…

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What Does It Mean To Be a Lakota Future Ready Teacher?

 Last fall when Lakota Local Schools Superintendent, Matthew Miller, signed the Future Ready Pledge, the district’s instructional coaches went to work.  Using the Future Ready Schools (FRS) Instructional Coaches Framework as a guide, coaches began to learn about the 8 components of the FRS Instructional Coach gear to support personalized learning in all Lakota classrooms….

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Collaborating, Curating, and OER:  BCPS School Librarian and Teacher Partnerships

The Future Ready Librarians (FRL) framework supports our continuing efforts to develop purposeful partnerships between school librarians and teachers and to connect our school libraries to classrooms.  To deepen learning on curation and building instructional partnerships we recently launched a professional learning opportunity for collaborative teams consisting of school librarians and teachers.  Our school librarians…

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Brehm Preparatory School Youth Business Fair

Brehm Preparatory School hosted our first ever Youth Business Fair on Saturday, May 5th. Brehm students developed a brand, created a product or service, built a marketing strategy, and then opened for customers at our one-day marketplace. This event was sponsored by Acton Academy of Acton Children’s Business Fair, Brehm Foundation, SIU Credit Union, Pepsi…

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Indiana Graduation Pathways Must Lead to Evidence of College and Career Readiness Competencies

The Indiana State Board of Education has recently approved new graduation pathway requirements for students. Indiana school districts may adopt pathways as early as next year, but will be mandated to develop pathways for the graduating class of 2023.  The Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Decatur Township has taken a proactive approach at developing pathways,…

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Future Ready with a Library Voice

This is blog is a repost from Jamie Locklin’s Blog. I came into my current position as the Director of Digital Learning three years ago. My task in that first year seemed monumental as I was to serve 1,400 teachers and approximately 19,000 students in 23 schools with just four digital learning instructional coaches. The…

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