West Virginia and Pennsylvania Collaborative


Future Ready Schools ® (FRS) --led by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed)— with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation the Grable Foundation has created the Future Ready Schools: West Virginia and Pennsylvania collaborative (FRS-WVPA.)  This project is part of a broader effort to create programs that improve education opportunities among students of color, those living in rural districts, and those from low-income families.

The FRS-WVPA is an 11-month project that guides interested district leadership teams through the Future Ready Schools five-step planning process. All4Ed will provide additional support (e.g., professional learning webinars, guides, publications, etc.) to the selected districts to inform an implementation plan for student-centered learning upon completion of the program.  Through this program, district leadership teams will practice reflective thinking and strategic decision making, share resources, capture best practices for implementation of student-centered learning initiatives from their peers, have access to research-based frameworks to guide implementation and create a culture of continuous improvement necessary for success. 

Tools & Resources

An essential component to becoming Future Ready, is making a systemic, student-centered learning plan before purchasing the next round of technology. The Interactive Planning Dashboard offers districts a way to collaborate in designing an implementation plan aligned with research and informed by practitioner recommended strategies. The tool allows districts to identify their specific needs using data collection and analysis tools, and set sound goals for creating student-centered, personalized learning environments for all students.


The 5 Step Planning Process is designed to help educators with creating sound, research-based action plans for implementing personalized student-centered learning. Embarking on this work takes leadership, time, patience, courage, collaboration, trust, and some trial and error to get it right. With that in mind, this planning tool guides district teams through collecting and analyzing data on their readiness across each gear in the Future Ready Framework, identifying specific strategies and next steps for implementation, and producing a comprehensive action plan for implementing their specific initiative. We celebrate your leadership and encourage you to jump in.

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Webinar Archives

 June 7, 2019 - FRS framework webinar hosted by Tom Murray

June 22, 2019 - Future Ready Goal Setting and Data Analysis webinar hosted by Avril Smart Goggans 

On Demand Professional Learning Videos

Participating Districts


Avonworth School District
Bethlehem Center School District
Bristol Township School District
Brownsville Area School District
Burgettstown School District
Carlynton School District
Chartiers Valley School District
Deer Lakes School District
Elizabeth Forward School District
Frazier School District
Hampton Township School District
Highland School District
Kutztown School District
Montour Schools
Ringgold School District
Second District of Philadelphia School District
South Allegheny School District
West Allegheny School District
West Greene School District

West Virginia

Berkeley County Schools
Capell County Schools
Lewis County Schools
Mercer County Schools
Taylor County Schools

Advisory Panel

Jim Denova (ex-officio)
Vice President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Gregg Behr (ex-officio)
Grable Foundation

Sunanna T. Chand
Director, Remake Learning

Dr. Stan Maynard
Executive Director June Harless Center
Director, Shewey Learning and Research Center College of Education, Marshall University, WV

Donna Peduto
Executive Director, West Virginia Public Education Collaborative, Office of the Provost

Scott Rotruck
Member, West Virginia State Board of Education

Scott Beard
Shepherd University

Amelia Courts, Ed.D
The Education Alliance

Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D.
Renée and Richard Goldman Dean, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, PA

Don Martin
Assistant Executive Director, Center for Professional Development, Intermediate Unit 1, PA

Tyler Samstag
Director of Instructional Innovation, Alleghany Intermediate Unit, PA

Chip Slaven
Chief Advocacy Officer, National School Boards Association

Project Partners

This project is generously supported by Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Grable Foundation

Dr. Avril Smart Goggans

Project Cordinator

Dr. Avril Smart Goggans, Research and Engagement Manager, Future Ready Schools