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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.

Val Verde Unified School District Leads with “Love, Empathy, and Grace” During COVID-19 Pandemic

In mid-August, the Val Verde (California) Unified School District began the 2020–2021 school year with all 20,000 students engaged in high-quality distance learning. Like districts nationwide, Val Verde implemented full distance learning in the spring and again this school year to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and families during the COVID-19 pandemic….

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Five Strategies for a Great Virtual Meeting

Ready or not, here they come. It’s that time again. It’s time for the students to return, and with that it’s time for the infamous back-to-school district kickoff meeting. It’s no secret that this year is so, so different than the kickoffs of years prior. Most years, administrators, teachers, and support staff return rested, having…

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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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Infusing Libraries into Future Ready Schools®

How do libraries enhance the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) effort in school districts across the country? During a FRS national summit held in Seattle, several teacher-librarians were invited to participate alongside administrator teams from California, Idaho, Iowa, Ohio, Oregon, and Washington. They spoke to the roles of the library programs in their school districts, introduced…

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The Future of Future Ready Schools®

Many have asked about the future of Future Ready Schools®, which was launched by President Obama in 2014 as a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning outcomes through the effective use of technology. The short answer…

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A Future Ready Shift in Reporting Student Progress

Future Ready – minded educators in the San Antonio Union School District in Southern Monterey County, California, received the task of redesigning the primary/elementary grade report cards for the district. The focus of the redesign was to create a template that allowed for reporting on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) grade-level academic standards as…

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Future Ready Librarians View Innovative Libraries First Hand in Baltimore County

As a Future Ready Schools® (FRS) district, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) served as the host of the recent Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools (League) meeting. The theme of this meeting was focused on equity and showcased the many ways BCPS is making strides toward providing access and opportunity for all students. Access and…

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