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The Future of Many School Libraries is Anchored to Makerspaces

Many school districts around the country are reversing prior decisions to cut librarians, realizing the school library can be at the heart of a broader digital transformation. Mark Ray, director of innovation and library services at Vancouver Public Schools in Washington and Future Ready Librarians lead with the Alliance for Excellent Education, points to Bellevue…

The Future of Many School Libraries is Anchored to Makerspaces

Future Ready Launches Track for Principals

Future Ready Schools, led by the Alliance for Excellent Education, continues to expand on its mission to ensure every K-12 stakeholder is #FutureReady by adding a new track for principals. “Successful principals aren’t just school managers, they’re building-level innovators who create a vision for learning, encourage and empower teachers, and build connections between the school and the community,”…

Future Ready Launches Track for Principals

Training Library Staff for Today and Tomorrow

A handful of school districts spread across the country will pilot a new micro-credentialing program next year aimed at  upgrading librarian teaching skills to reflect today’s digital education demands. The credential, developed by the D.C.-based national policy and student advocacy organization, Future Ready Schools, will focus on helping librarians already placed in schools better connect…

Training Library Staff for Today and Tomorrow

Come for the Computers, Stay for the Books

The stereotypical library can seem like a vestige, making it an easy target when budgets are tight, according to Mark Ray, Vancouver’s director of innovation and library services, “but we want libraries to be the lynchpin of education transformation.” Ray heads up Future Ready Librarians, part of Future Ready Schools — a network for sharing…

Come for the Computers, Stay for the Books

7 Tips for Rural Schools Jumpstarting Personalized Learning

With more schools embracing technology to tailor learning to the needs of each student, the Future Ready Schools initiative is ensuring that the 9 million kids in rural public school districts aren’t left behind on the trend.

7 Tips for Rural Schools Jumpstarting Personalized Learning

7 ways rural schools can sustain personalized learning

Rural schools could get a boost from personalized learning programs as they strive to meet unique challenges and help students succeed, according to new research. Attracting and retaining highly-effective educators, transporting students to and from school, and keeping pace with technology’s ever-changing nature are persistent challenges for rural schools, as outlined in A Guidebook for…

7 ways rural schools can sustain personalized learning

3 tips for identifying what's useful in ed tech

“It’s imperative that school leaders, as they’re making purchases, understand what’s truly worth the money,” said Murray, who addresses this and other issues in a recent book co-authored with the International Center for Leadership in Education​ Senior Fellow Eric Sheninger, “Learning Transformed.”

3 tips for identifying what's useful in ed tech

Research-Based Tech Implementation: Q&A With Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray

Implementing technology, large-scale, can be a herculean task for a district. Making sure tools are actually being used to support learning and determining the effect on student outcomes requires thoughtful planning, committed leadership, and engaging professional development. In Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, advocates and former educators Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray attempt…

Research-Based Tech Implementation: Q&A With Eric Sheninger and Tom Murray

"Personalized Learning" Guidebook Geared to Rural Districts' Needs

From setting up blended classrooms to crafting curriculum playlists, more districts and states are turning to “personalized learning” in attempts to engage students and improve academic outcomes. A new guidebook from Future Ready Schools explores how this trend could benefit rural students specifically, and offers implementation strategies tailored for rural districts. The framework addresses technical…

"Personalized Learning" Guidebook Geared to Rural Districts' Needs

New Guide Offers Rural Schools Strategies for Going Personalized

More than half of public school districts in the U.S. are rural, and now the Future Ready Schools (FRS) program wants to help them personalize learning. The organization has released a guidebook of free resources aimed specifically at rural districts, containing FRS’ framework for a personalized instructional model, as well as a five-step planning process…

New Guide Offers Rural Schools Strategies for Going Personalized
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“Personalized Learning” Can Help Rural Schools Address Their Unique Needs and Challenges

To prepare all students for college and a career, many schools and districts nationwide have turned to “personalized learning,” a student-centered approach that tailors instruction to students’ unique strengths and needs while engaging them in challenging, standards-based academic content. Largely an urban phenomenon, personalized learning can also address the unique challenges facing rural schools, and…

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5 Ways Librarians Can Connect Students to the World Through Technology

By guest blogger Shannon McClintock Miller. To prepare for life and careers, it is essential for our students to be global digital citizens, connected virtually to others around the world. These connections can be made through digital tools and apps found both in and beyond libraries. To empower educators and district leaders to leverage digital technology,…

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