Unleashing the instructional leadership of librarians to foster schools that are future ready
As schools seek to become future ready, it is necessary to identify and cultivate leadership beyond district and building leaders. School librarians lead, teach, and support the Future Ready goals of their school and district in a variety of ways through their professional practices, programs, and spaces. If properly prepared and supported, school librarians are well-positioned to be at the leading edge of the digital transformation of learning.
Future Ready Librarians® is an expansion of the Future Ready Schools® initiative aimed at raising awareness among district and school leaders about the valuable role librarians can play in supporting the Future Ready goals of their school and district. Two guiding questions are central to Future Ready Librarians®:
- How can librarians and libraries support Future Ready schools?
- How can librarians and libraries become more future ready?
Future Ready Librarians® will provide resources, strategies, and connections for district leaders and librarians to work together to promote and implement innovative learning opportunities for students.
Let’s Talk: A Conversation Starter for Future Ready Librarians® Building Collaborative Relationships
A step-by-step guide is designed to help librarians start and sustain strategic conversations with school and district leaders.
Future Ready Librarians® lead beyond the library, collaborating not only with teacher colleagues but also with building and district leaders to prepare future ready learners. Creating exciting and dynamic opportunities for future ready learners requires shared leadership among school leaders, including librarians, instructional coaches, principals, IT leaders, and district administration.
Whether you are just getting started or trying to take the next step in your strategic collaborations, this step-by-step guide provides simple processes and curated resources that can help you examine your current situation, inspire creative thinking, build new partnerships, and then collectively develop a collaborative plan for your students and teachers.
Future Ready Librarians® lead, teach, and support the Future Ready goals of their school and district in a variety of ways through their professional practices, programs, and spaces.
Metro Nashville Public Schools has truly embraced the Future Ready framework in our district. Over the past year, we have used the Future Ready framework and resources to guide our work in writing the district’s five year Learning Technology plan. As a district, we have established common language and goals with Future Ready in the center. The specific librarian framework has been essential in our professional development in planning, goal setting and improvement for our librarians. Each of the wedges provide dynamic but attainable guidance to make instructional changes to support student achievement and ensure all students are college and career ready.
Future Ready Librarians® are building-level innovators who believe in
- Empowering learners with diverse skills and literacies
- Collaborating with peers and leaders to promote innovative practices
- Ensuring equitable learning opportunities for all students
Professional Learning Opportunities
Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader
Developed in partnership with ISTE, this course offers an online self-paced comprehensive exploration of the FRL Framework. This course is offered through ISTE-U and allows librarians to examine and reflect on their work in relation to the FRL framework in order to create a roadmap for library program development and personal professional learning.
Empowering Students as Creators Micro-Credential
Developed in partnership with Digital Promise, this micro-credential is a self-paced competency-based professional learning tool. With a focus on empowering students as creators, librarians engage in reflection, visioning, and providing artifacts of their teaching and work connected to student creation, making, and design.
Future Ready Librarians® Case Studies
LIBRARY EQUIPS STUDENTS TO BE GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE, Baltimore County Schools (MD)
FOSTERING RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION OF ONLINE INFORMATION, Somerville Middle School (NJ)
LIBRARIANSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS THE KEY, Parkway School District (MO)
BECOMING FUTURE READY: ONE DISTRICT’S COMMITMENT TO LIBRARIANS, THE USE OF OER AND DIGITAL LITERACY,Lawrence Public Schools (KS)
EQUITY FOR STUDENTS AND EMPOWERMENT FOR LIBRARIANS, Nashville Metro Public Schools (TN)
COLLABORATION: PARTNERSHIPS AND BEYOND, Lafayette Elementary School (CA)
IT ALL BEGAN WITH AN EMPOWERED LIBRARIAN, Carroll Independent School District (TX)
TURNING AN ELEMENTARY LIBRARY INTO THE HEART OF A SCHOOL, Longwood Elementary School (IN)
DC Public Schools
San Francisco Public Library
New Milford High School
Westlake High School
Clear Creek ISD
Baltimore County Public Schools
San Francisco Public Library
Perry Meridian Middle School
Center for Digital Education
Mooresville Graded School District
U.S. Department of Education
Encinitas Union School District
Sara Kelly Johns