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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.

Collaborative Leadership Means Empowering Those Around Us

When Tara Desiderio describes the people with whom she works, she rarely refers to them as “staff.” To her, they are family. Even though she carries the title of “principal” at Wescosville Elementary School in eastern Pennsylvania, Desiderio sees herself as another member of the school team. “Working together as a team is something I…

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Mentorship Matters: 8 Tips For Developing a Strong Mentor Program

Making the Commitment Every year, school districts around the world entrust thousands of new educators to serve their communities as they hire and provide them with a special opportunity to begin long, meaningful educational careers. Most likely, these educators have endured rigorous processes that have determined that they are capable of making an unmistakable and…

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Keeping School Special for Children with Learning Differences

How one school has managed to keep the bar high to avoid the COVID-Slide It did not take long for us at AIM Academy to recognize in February that, like schools on the west coast, we would eventually face closure as a result of the growing COVID-19 crisis. Being a school exclusively for bright children…

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Rowland Unified School District Provides “Innovative Learning for All” During COVID-19

Within forty-eight hours of closing schools to protect students, staff, and the community from the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), district leaders in Rowland Unified School District (CA) (RUSD) rolled out their plan for educating students remotely. In a swift weekend response, Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell and her team of educators mapped out a three-part…

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Enriching Learning Opportunities Through the Cloud

School and district leaders often are asked to do more with less, particularly when it comes to technology and classroom modernization. Leaders must ensure that every dollar spent on technology and innovation improves accessibility and operations, enriches learning, and prepares students to join the future workforce. Future Ready Schools, with support from our partners at…

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How Future Ready Librarians are supporting #RemoteLearning

As Future Ready Librarians, there are so many ways that we are supporting the remote learning that is taking place right now across the country.  There is no better time to think about how the skills, qualifications and qualities of a Future Ready Librarian support schools, students, teachers and families.  We are collaborating in new…

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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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How is your district preparing for a potential long-term closure?

In times like this, with so much uncertainly, the Future Ready Schools® network comes together to do exactly what we envisioned it to do five years ago; support each other with tools, resources, and advice as districts embark on similar challenges. Last night the FRS network did just that during an hour long twitter chat…

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Equity and Innovation Meet in Edgecombe County to Reimagine Students’ Futures

This blog is part of a series highlighting the voices of educators committed to supporting equity and fulfilling the promise of the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. To learn more about how you can support the legacy of this landmark case, join the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (All4Ed’s) #OurChallengeOurHope campaign. Where does…

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Bristol Township School District Empowers Students Through Innovative Digital Learning Strategies

 Building community partnerships (one of the seven gears in the Future Ready Framework) has been instrumental in supporting Bristol Township School District’s transition to student-centered learning. Through partnerships with Digital Promise—a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) founding partner—and the Verizon Foundation, Bristol Township launched a one-to-one student-to-device initiative at its two middle schools in 2015. Now,…

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“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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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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