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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.

Reopening with Intentionality: A cohesive mindset that will guide us forward

“No interaction is too small, and time spent investing in the lives of others is never wasted.” We’re at a crux. We still remember how school felt for ourselves, our teachers, parents, and students the last two years. Our hope and optimism are continuing to be challenged by reports coming in regarding learning loss for…

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Future Ready Librarians Are Ready To Reinvent

I’ll admit it. It’s hard to think about work with the sun shining, the garden growing, and my mask wearing going from regular to occasional mode. Summer + vacation = recharging some seriously dead batteries. Why yes, I’ll have another cold beverage, please. But as a lifetime educator, going back to school has always been…

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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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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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