Future Ready Instructional Coaches

Empowering instructional coaches to support a culture of innovation for teachers to personalize learning for students

Future Ready Schools (FRS) Instructional Coaches are essential to the continued growth and development of customized professional learning for their schools and districts.  Effective professional learning must be job-embedded, customized, and consistently supported. FRS Instructional Coaches are able to leverage data and resources in order to design and deliver quality learning experiences for educators.

The FRS Instructional Coaches strand provides instructional coaches with research-based strategies, protocols, and resources to help coaches effectively collaborate with and support their schools and districts with professional learning designed to strengthen instructional practices.

FRS Instructional Coaches resources are aligned with the Future Ready Schools Framework, a research-based planning tool for digital learning, visioning, planning, and implementation focused on Personalized Student Learning.  The role of the I


FRS Instuctional Coaches are innovators who believe in:

  • Supporting instructional personnel by providing customized coaching and professional learning experiences
  • Modeling and delivering differentiated professional learning
  • Encouraging educators to connect and collaborate
  • Supporting school leadership and developing teacher leaders

By participating in the FRS Instructional Coaching will have access to:

  • Tools and resources needed for continued development as educational and instructional leaders
  • A profession network of other instructional coaches willing to support and share best practices

Future Ready Coaches Framework

FRS coaches strengthen teacher instructional capacity by designing and modeling sound pedagogical practices. They create innovative, learner-driven experiences that meet teachers where they are and support them through their personalized learning pathway. In addition, instructional coaches advocate for infrastructure that ensures equitable access to connectivity, digital devices, information, resources, programming, and services for all students in support of the district’s strategic vision.

Development of the FRS Principals content and resources is supported by

Connect with like-minded instructional coaches at an upcoming FRS institute!

Join fellow instructional coaches in your region for two days of learning and collaboration at one of our FREE Future Ready Schools® institutes happening around the country in 2017.

With the support of your peers, you’ll do a deep-dive into the FRS framework and determine how best to leverage your role to assist your district’s planning and implementation of student-centered personalized learning. You’ll also have opportunities for general networking and collaboration with other education professionals in your area who are also engaged in FRS.

The 2017 FRS institutes are free but space is limited and filling up fast!

Why Future Ready Instructional Coaches Matter

  1. Instructional Coaches serve as the liaison between teachers, the community, leadership, and students.
  2. Instructional Coaches support teachers with current and effective methods for providing the best instruction for students through their leadership in professional development, modeling instruction and coaching support for teachers.
  3. Instructional Coaches work with school leadership to build a culture of trust and success.


Brianna Hodges
Director of Digital Learning
Stephenville Independent School District (TX)

Abbey Futrell
Friday Institute of Innovation, NC State University

Nancy Mangum
Friday Institute of Innovation, NC State University

Dr. Sarah Thomas
Regional Technology Coordinator
Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)

Thought Partners

Chris Aviles, Fair
Haven School District, NJ

Penny Christensen
Hall County Schools, GA

Wes Kriesel
Santa Ana Unified, CA

Melissa Lim
Portland Public Schools, OR)

Susan Hitt
New Hanover School District, NC

Tammy Neil
Suwannee County School District, FL

Dean Phillips,
Montana Small Schools, MT

Alicia Ray
Surry County Schools, NC

Regina Schaffer
Middletown Township School District, NJ

Steve Wick
Indian Prairie School District, IL

Kristin Ziemke
Big Shoulders Fund Chicago, IL

Development of the FRS Principals content and resources is supported by the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.