Empowering technology leaders can better connect their practices, policies and procedures to educational innovation in schools
As schools seek to become future ready, it is necessary to identify and cultivate leadership at all levels and across multiple roles. Technology leaders support their school’s and/or district’s Future Ready Schools® (FRS) goals through their professional practice, policies and procedures. Derived from the FRS framework, the principles outlined below describe how technology leaders can support schools in their transition to digital learning and specific ways technology leaders can become more future ready. By aligning the school/district strategic initiatives with FRS, technology leaders can better connect their practices, policies and procedures to educational innovation in schools.
Acknowledging the various roles of technology leaders within schools and districts across the country, these principles are predicated on a core belief that in a FRS, all students have equitable access to qualified technology leaders, digital researchers and innovative learning environments. In support of these goals, FRS welcomes technology leaders at all levels to apply these principles in their work to ensure that all learners are equipped with the knowledge and resources they need.
Future Ready Technology Leaders believe in:
- Making anytime, anywhere, anyhow learning a reality.
- Supporting an open, flexible, robust digital learning environment.
- Insuring data safety and privacy while promoting best practices in digital citizenship.
- Planning for future innovation and technology that supports learning.
- Creating a transparent environment that communicates to all stakeholders.
By participating in the FRS Technology Leaders events and using the specifically developed resources, leaders will have access to:
- A community of exemplar strategies to support successful Future Ready school.
- Ideas and examples to showcase how to overcome barriers to implementations
- An active network of like-minded technology leaders beyond their own school, district, and state to help when challenges arise.
Future Ready Tech Leaders (IT) Framework
Acknowledging the various roles of technology leaders within schools and districts across the country, the Future Ready Tech Leaders frameworks define the actions steps that are needed to ensure that all students have equitable access to qualified technology leaders, digital researchers, and innovative learning environments.
[EdWeek Article] Future Ready Schools to Lead Digital Personalized Learning Institutes (3/22/2017)
[NAESP Webinar] Future-Ready Schools Webinar: Leaders Preparing Students for Success (10/2016)
Seven gears principals can leverage to enhance technology use. By Thomas C. Murray, Principal (March/April 2017)
Why Future Ready Tech Leaders Matter
- Principals who invest in technology find themselves excited about its use and often focus on that rather than on creating authentic learning experiences. Principals must have a vision for teaching and learning and how technology can accelerate those experiences, not vice versa.
- Principals who support teachers with the effective use of technology and empower them to create learning experiences in which technology can be used to explore, design, and create will see a maximized return on Instruction (ROI).
- Shifting the instructional pedagogy is no easy feat. Building the trust needed to do so and supporting teachers throughout the process are essential. Principals who model dynamic learning experiences help create that trust. A principal’s faculty meetings and in-service time should be a direct reflection of the type of learning he or she is looking for in the classroom.
Penngrove Elementary School, CA
East Leyden High School, IL
Edenton-Chowan Public Schools, NC
Carson Online, NV
New Albany High School, OH
West Warwick Public Schools, RI
Morton Ranch Junior High School, TX
New Directions Alternative Education Center, VA
Evergreen School District, WA
Vancouver Public Schools, WA
Highline School District, WA
State Road Elementary Principal (La Crosse SD), WI
Kettle Moraine School District, WI
Millburn Township Public Schools (NJ)
Development of the FRS Tech Leaders content and resources is supported by Common Sense Education.