A special thank you to our generous corporate sponsors. Their financial support and our sponsors personal commitment to the Future Ready Schools network is valued and much appreciated!
If your company would like to part of the Future Reay Schools network, please contact, Sara Hall for more information.
Technology is empowering teachers, inspiring students to achieve, removing barriers to graduation and preparing today’s learners with the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow. The 2019 AT&T Aspire Accelerator $1 Million Skills Building Challenge connects the entrepreneurs who are leading the way with the resources they need to drive exponential change in addressing today’s skills gap. The 27 participants from the 4 previous classes are currently reaching more than 23 million students. Since launching in 2015, program participants have included 63% women-led companies and 44% minority-led companies. www.att.com/aspireaccelerator
Amazon Web Services
For Amazon Web Services (AWS), K-12 education is one of our passions. As an organization, we’re committed to helping improve student outcomes in every classroom. With the AWS Cloud, schools and districts can access industry-shaping technology at an affordable cost, regardless of scale. AWS delivers a set of compute, storage, database, analytics, application, and deploy services that lower costs, scale applications, respond quickly in emergencies, and meet the ever-changing needs of the modern student. From bring-your-own-device to virtual desktops, AWS offers the compatible tools to help every student get the attention he or she needs to thrive in the classroom. LEARN MORE
bulb is an award-winning digital portfolio simple enough to be used from K-8, beautiful enough for high school, college and career pursuits and powerful enough to use for a lifetime of learning. Over 1.5 million student and educator bulbs have been created from more than 120 countries. bulb is ad-free, complies with global data privacy and security policies and doesn’t sell user information to 3rd parties. bulb integrates with most LMS or SIS systems, including Microsoft Office 365, Google, Canvas, Schoology and Blackboard. bulb partners with Clever and ClassLink to provide single sign-on functionality. Learn more at bulbapp.com.
Why bulb supports FRS?
A great education starts with great teachers. Our support as the sole sponsor of the FRS Leadership Institute Instructional Coaches strand is our way to give back and help ensure teachers can fuel their professional growth and modernize teaching.
Jodie Buenning's Educational “Why”
VP, Marketing & Communications
A digital portfolio is a powerful way to create, cultivate and showcase your best work and latest ideas.
Creating a Future-Ready learning experience starts with thinking differently about technology’s role in education, especially given the unprecedented pace of innovation. Our support and sponsorship of the Future-Ready Instructional Coaches strand reinforces our commitment to teachers and amplifies efforts to empower teachers and the coaches who support them.
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, ebooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement. Learn more at FollettLearning.com
All Coverd | Konica Minolta
All Covered Has Been Providing Individualized Information Technology (IT) Consulting, Design, Implementation & Maintenance Since 1997.
All Covered is the nationwide technology services division of Konica Minolta Business Solutions USA Inc., focusing on the unique computing, networking, and application needs of businesses across all verticals. Through its All Covered IT Services division, Konica Minolta helps companies achieve their goals through better management of information and more effective collaboration. Learn more at allcovered.com.
Allovue is a K-12 education finance technology company that empowers educators to strategically and equitably allocate resources to best support the needs of students. Their signature software platform, Balance, helps educators budget, manage, and evaluate spending. Allovue also supports district financial strategy through research, training, and equity analysis. The company is headquartered in Baltimore, MD and works with school systems across the country.
Why Allovue Supports FRS?
Allovue is proud to partner with the FRS Network in our efforts to equip districts with the tools and strategies required to maximize student success. For the past five years, Allovue has worked with school districts and administrators across the country to innovate K-12 finance. We’ve worked with superintendents and CFOs, principals and school secretaries, food services and athletic department heads, budget analysts and accountants, grants managers and special education leaders, board members and parents. We’ve seen the challenges that schools, district administrators and members of the board and community face when forced to do more with less while ensuring consistency and equitable opportunity for their students.
Allovue is dedicated to helping districts nationwide rise to the challenge by designing software and offering bespoke services specifically for K-12 districts. Allovue provides a professional learning community for our customers, offering tailored resources through our website and through Future Ready as well as access to experienced education finance experts who’ve walked in their shoes. Together, Allovue and FRS will empower school district leadership and their stakeholders to strategically and equitably allocate resources to best support the needs of students.
Jess Gartner's Educational "Why"
CEO and Founder
Allovue was founded in 2013 by a former Baltimore City middle school teacher, who saw first-hand how budgeting impacts student success. Our founding team brought together educators, technologists, education finance experts, and data specialists to build innovative education finance technology solutions. Allovue currently works with districts and state departments of education across the country to budget and manage their spending. Allovue's software platform, Balance, integrates seamlessly with districts’ existing accounting systems and other data systems to help educators budget, manage, and evaluate spending. Allovue also provides supplemental services, including funding equity analysis, diagnostic surveys, financial management training.
Classcraft helps educators motivate students by making learning fun.
Classcraft combines time-tested pedagogy with a modern approach, harnessing the power of games and stories to foster personal connections that make learning more meaningful.
With Classcraft, educators can personalize their existing curriculum, develop students’ non-cognitive skills, and measure student motivation in real time. By promoting happier, more engaged classrooms and stronger relationships between teachers and students, Classcraft makes teaching more fulfilling. For administrators, Classcraft’s ability to measure and promote student engagement in real time helps them advance initiatives like SEL, PBIS, and personalized learning. Learn more a classcraft.com.
Why Classcraft Supports FRS?
Engagement, collaboration, growth. It’s not a coincidence that the common characteristics of future-ready learners are also the core values of Classcraft. Preparing learners to thrive in the future is why we exist, and accomplishing this mission requires fostering the type of intrinsic motivation that improves outcomes by making students care about succeeding in school.
Classcraft is successful in driving motivation for two main reasons: gaming’s cultural relevance among young people, and the power of games to create sustained engagement. By motivating students, Classcraft can help educators develop learners who are capable of thinking critically, collaborating, and adapting to change.
Shawn Young's Educational “Why”
CEO and Co-Founder
Growing up, my brother (and co-founder) Devin and I struggled to find meaning in school. We performed well academically, but we were in large part disengaged. We weren’t deeply connected to what we were learning — or the students and teachers we interacted with — the way that we wanted to be.
As a high school physics teacher, I encountered the same problem from a different perspective: my students got good grades, but they weren’t self-motivated. They achieved because they were taught that achievement was important, not because they wanted to achieve something themselves.
At Classcraft, we are working to help educators motivate students by making learning meaningful for students. By changing the perception of school as a place students go during the day to an experience that students and teachers share, Classcraft fosters the type of sustained engagement that we wish we’d experienced growing up — and that can prepare students to thrive in the future.
ClassLink solves the problem of too many passwords, and too many files scattered about. It’s a one click single sign-on solution that gives students access to everything they need to learn, anywhere, with just one password. Accessible from any device, ClassLink is the perfect tool for ensuring the success of a 1:1 or BYOD initiative. Learn moare at classlink.com.
Helping children develop a love of reading and learning, no matter their ability level, is at the heart of what we do at Capstone. Our passion for creating inspired learning has made us the most trusted publisher of children’s books and digital solutions for libraries, classrooms, and consumers for 25 years. Capstone’s content comes in a variety of print and digital formats including board books, picture books, interactive books, apps, audio and databases. Whether print, online, or new, yet-to-be-discovered formats, Capstone provides children and young adults with the content they love. Learn more at mycapstone.com.
Edthena is the award-winning platform for delivering personalized professional learning using classroom video and online collaboration. An educator uploads a video of instruction, and people on the other end provide timestamped feedback. Perfect for mentoring, coaching, and building leadership pipelines through Video Learning Communities, Virtual Walk-Through, and even Online Lesson Study. Learn more at edthena.com.
Why Edthena supports FRS?
We believe, along with Future Ready Schools, that personalizing professional learning for the educators is critical element for achieving this vision for students. Personalized learning experiences for educators not only models what we aspire to see for our students, but it also ensures that the educators, themselves, are continually increasing effectiveness along their career path.
We see in our partner organizations many examples of delivering personalized learning experiences for teachers and administrators: One district is ensuring that early childhood educators receive targeted feedback about key skills. Another is using Edthena to support instructional coach development and ensuring a consistent coaching across the district. Yet another is using Edthena to train and support principals as they broaden their capacity for instructional leadership. While the scenarios and learners vary, one thing is true across all: the professional learning process is tailored to the needs of each learner by incorporating video evidence of practice.
We are proud to support the Future Ready Schools network to help more school and district leaders learn about the ways that they can make personalized professional learning a reality for the staff across their district.
Adam Geller's Educational "Why"
Founder & CEO
Academic research about professional learning that drives and sustains change strongly favors providing feedback on educators' actual implementation of particular skills. But having the right person in the right place at the right time is a challenging proposition.
I am passionate about how technology can solve for this problem because I know what it feels like to yearn for someone who can watch me teach and give me feedback on my actual teaching. As a first year teacher, no one with science expertise was available in my building to provide support.
Edthena solves this by shifting time and place for educators to collaborate online about what's actually happening in classrooms across a district. Having videos of what happens in classrooms puts teachers in the driver's seat of the observation process, finally enabling them to see themselves as others and their students do. This is true "personalized professional learning," centered on the artifacts of teaching and learning, that will drive and sustain change as districts work to implement their vision for being Future Ready.
Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver effective instruction, and enable schools to meet their academic goals. Learn more at Edgenuity.com
Pear Deck helps teachers create powerful learning moments for students of every age and ability with tech solutions rooted in active learning and formative assessment. Founded by educators, Pear Deck makes it easy for teachers to create, distribute, and manage multimedia content and interactive presentations from within Google Slides, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Teams. With a library of templates to support learning objectives, Pear Deck creates opportunities for every student to engage with their teacher, classmates, and new ideas, every day. Learn more at peardeck.com
Why Pear Deck Supports FRS?
The Pear Deck team sees an alignment between our mission to help teachers deliver powerful learning moments to students of all ages and abilities, and FRS’s framework rooted in personalized student learning. We believe FRS’s extensive knowledge about formative assessment and learning outcomes will help support teachers in their implementation of Pear Deck, demonstrating the many ways to use it to its fullest potential.
Chief Educator & Co-Founder, Pear Deck