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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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Why Not Unleash the Instructional Leadership of Librarians to Foster Future Ready Schools?

This is a question I’ve been considering for many years, both as a teacher librarian and more recently as a district leader. In my recent TEDx talk entitled “Changing the Conversation About Librarians,” I explored both the past and future of school librarianship based on my experiences and the emerging leadership of librarians in Vancouver…

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Maryland’s Washington County Public Schools Uses Future Ready Schools Planning Tools to Develop a Digital Learning Plan

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) is “building a community that inspires curiosity, creativity, and achievement,” as evidenced by significant curriculum renewal efforts, including the adoption of a 1:1 technology standard for all students in grades 3–12. WCPS is located in Western Maryland and is part of the tri-state area that includes Pennsylvania and West Virginia….

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6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Stacey Wang, the Director of Personalized Learning for the Oakland Unified…

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Open Education Resources: Where do I begin?

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Marcinek, Chief Open Education Advisor at the US Department of Education (ED), to explore how schools can benefit from Open Educational Resources (OERs) and what is being done in this area nationwide. With support from ED, state leaders, and new platforms for curation and discovery,…

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Communicating Student Data Privacy

In recent years, student data privacy has emerged as a major education issue at federal, state and local levels. Recent news coverage and social media conversations about student data access, especially as it relates to outside service providers, have heightened the public’s overall interest in the use and security of student data. According to Future…

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The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

In December of 2015, on the same day that President Obama signed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), the U.S. Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The…

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Future Ready New Jersey Leverages Community Leaders and Brings Partnership to a New Level

Community partnerships is one of seven gears in the Future Ready Framework and recently I saw this gear in action. I joined a group of mayors from the New Jersey Black Mayors Alliance for Social Justice as they met alongside their superintendents to learn about the new Future Ready New Jersey certification program being developed…

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Why the West Warwick Public Schools took the Future Ready Pledge

West Warwick Public Schools Superintendent Karen Tarasevich explains why she took the pledge for her District to become Future Ready.

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Oxnard Union HS District on Being Future Ready

Oxnard Union High School District Superintendent, Dr. Gabe Soumakian, tackles the who, how, what on becoming Future Ready.

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Elementary school principal Todd Nesloney's FRS Summit experience

Elementary school principal Todd Nesloney describes his experience at his first Future Ready Summit in Houston, Texas.

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BVSD is Becoming Future Ready!

Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) Chief Information Officer Andrew Moore discusses how they are becoming Future Ready.

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In Pittsburgh, Public Schools Lead the Way in Becoming ‘Future Ready’

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