Blog

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.

Future Ready Librarians Challenge Series Launching This Fall

Are you up for a wee challenge? Leading beyond the library is easier said than done. While this ‘edge of the wedge’ is a critical part of the Future Ready Librarians® Framework, it can be one of the hardest to effectively implement. But as the pandemic remakes libraries and schools, our leadership beyond the library…

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Wichita Public Schools Accelerates Shift to Personalized Learning During COVID-19

It takes a village to educate a child, especially during a global pandemic. Fortunately, “we have a very large village in Wichita,” says Rob Dickson, chief information officer for Wichita [Kansas] Public Schools. Through teamwork and a collective commitment to meeting every student’s needs, school and district leaders are working with the local Wichita community…

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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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FRS Student Voice: Educational Change

The FRS Student Voice is a blog series to that provides a forum for students to share how they have been impacted by their leaders who are supporting the FRS Program. My name is Adam and I’m a sixth grader going to Still Middle School, and I think the educational system should be changed for…

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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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