Look Into the Future Ready


Future Ready SchoolsⓇ (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts, whether public, private, or charter, move quickly toward preparing students for success. The History of Future Ready Schools ®.

Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

One of the themes of my InnEdCO Leadership Academy keynote this year is the idea that there are multiple paths to future ready schools. Digital and online (and often open access) information resources.

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Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap to support students, particularly those most in need. So can companies such as Facebook further support home access for students?

Trending: This style of learning has teachers and students re-imagining Future-Ready

eSchool News

With tablets, smartphones, and access to computers, students can search for answers to their questions in a way that wouldn’t have seen possible a decade ago.

?Framework: Future Ready Schools’ Commitment and Dashboard


This is one of the principles championed by Future Ready Schools (FRS), a project of the policy and advocacy organization, Alliance for Excellent Education. Then, district leaders are linked to the FRS dashboard , a five-step interactive and collaborative planning tool with a hub where they can access self-assessments and receive customized reports to guide their development and implementation of action plans.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Over the past few years, districts have been working diligently to close the access gap (coined in D.C. The statistics regarding the need are clear and I believe that equity in access is one of the main issues facing school leaders today.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News Future Ready Schools IT Newsletter Thought LeadershipA major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education.

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7 Tips for Rural Schools Jumpstarting Personalized Learning

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez Future Ready Schools offers up a guide to ensure all students have access to the latest in learning. Access Points Classroom Leadership Management Networking Personalized Learning

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. Thursday, September 21, 2017. She’s the 2017 Texas Instructional Technologist of the Year.

Textbooks optional: What unbundling and BYOD mean for learning technology

eSchool News

Having access to devices during class allows students to collaborate more easily, receive more personalized instruction, and interact and engage more with their work. How do we ensure that all students have access to the technology needed to participate in an classroom activity?


Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

To help overcome this, we have adopted the Future Ready Schools Framework , a systematic approach to scaling innovative digital learning practices while promoting long-term sustainability.

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?Expanding Access to Edtech Isn’t Enough. We Need to Make Sure It Works, Too


Students need access to tools that work. A focus on college and career-training readiness. Department of Education, we at the Alliance for Excellent Education have created Future Ready Schools —a project that helps school district leaders implement digital learning strategies that personalize learning and better serve the future needs of students and the neighborhoods where they will live and work.

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

Digital Promise

Mark: This is perfectly aligned with micro-credentials we are exploring to support our Future Ready Librarians framework.

Computational Thinker: Unpacking ISTE Student Standard #5

Tech Helpful

Even if your classroom doesn't have ready access to technology or you don't know the first thing about coding a computer. As Tom Murray said at FETC 2017, "The technology our students are using today is the worst technology they will ever use."

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

Ray heads up Future Ready Librarians, part of Future Ready Schools — a network for sharing education technology solutions, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.-based Columnists K-12 Tech Smart online learning Technology access

If we’re not irrelevant, what are we?

Dangerously Irrelevant

But we rarely foster ‘future ready’ policies, instructional and leadership practices, or school organizational redesigns.

8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today


We want to make sure our students are ready to create new industries, to find new cures for disease and to solve tomorrow’s world problems. In a world where change continues to accelerate exponentially, school cultures need to evolve at a faster rate than in the past if we are to prepare today’s learners for future success. Relationship-oriented, innovative leadership practices are core to creating a culture of learning that will prepare students for their future--not our past.

How to drive a successful digital transformation in urban districts

eSchool News

According to Future Ready Schools , there are 21 million students in the US who still lack the broadband capabilities necessary for digital learning. Students in lower-income urban districts often have less access to technology outside of school.

How to Create a Vision


But when this district created its vision for personalized learning, district leaders named many different reasons for pursuing PL: “Freedom to explore as a learner”; “Access to quality learning”; “Failure implies learning to be better”; “Student ownership”; “Learning is fun”; “Change is normal”; “Growing at my own pace”; “Student always”; and “Future ready” all were associated with a shift to PL. Vision-setting can be a painful process.

How to Create a Vision


But when this district created its vision for personalized learning, district leaders named many different reasons for pursuing PL: “Freedom to explore as a learner”; “Access to quality learning”; “Failure implies learning to be better”; “Student ownership”; “Learning is fun”; “Change is normal”; “Growing at my own pace”; “Student always”; and “Future ready” all were associated with a shift to PL. Vision-setting can be a painful process.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways


This is a serious opportunity to lead and to address issues of access and equity. We organize resources for intellectual and physical access and equity and our efforts are portable, collaborative, embeddable, easy to access, customized for their audience and optimized for all platforms.

7 ways rural schools can sustain personalized learning

eSchool News

With its focus on individual learning and the use of emerging technologies, personalized learning helps to transcend many of the limitations confronting rural students, such as geography and limited course opportunity and access.”

School Librarian as your Information Overload Superhero!


With easy access to websites, blogs, online PD, webinars, YouTube, workshops, and social media, finding digital resources is not hard to do. Organizing what we find, however, for efficient access when we need it, might not be so easy. efficient access to resources customized for their needs (grade, content area, unit, project)? There needs to be varied approaches to access and promotion. Ugghh, help, I can’t keep up!

ELL Specialist: These are “My Tech Essentials”

eSchool News

As a Future Ready district, we use technology to engage students in every lesson, while providing resources to bridge the gap between their native language and English. Teachers use laptops to access our LMS and grade book system, which helps them track student achievement.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap


According to Davis, Fuller, Jackson, Pittman, and Sweet (2007) , the definition of digital equity is “equal access and opportunity to digital tools, resources, and services to support an increase in digital knowledge, awareness, and skills.”

How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

A few weeks ago, I was given an advanced copy of Lisa Johnson’s new book, Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students. Ready to start planning your summer professional learning? Shake Up Learning 2017.

Final Schedule for Tomorrow's "Digital Literacy & Fake News" Mini-Conference - Plus Bonus

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

network to be kept updated on this and future events. Future Ready Librarians Can Do That! network to be kept informed of future events. Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings.

"Digital Literacy & Fake News" Keynote Panelists Announced + First Sessions for Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

network to be kept updated on this and future events. network to be kept informed of future events. WEBINAR PLATFORM : The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate , and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. (To

Esports: The Down & Dirty Stats for Educators - Live from #ISTE19

The Innovative Educator

The Stats Future ready skills Improvements in: Attention Problem solving Digital literacy Technology fluency Math achievement School Success Students who play esports are know to have: Increased attendance Increased participation in school activities Decreased at-home game play Increased GPA College Scholarship Opportunities Hundreds of colleges provide scholarships for esports athletes. Accessibility and Inclusion All students can participate unlike traditional sports.

Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools


After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 - 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools. Future-ready skills ?

Schools Need Robust Networks to Support Internet of Things

EdTech Magazine

Recognizing the value of smart and connected classrooms, most school districts are experimenting with the Internet of Things or plan to do so in the near future. But will current K–12 networks be ready to carry the onslaught of additional traffic? According to a CDW survey from 2017 , 83 percent of responding school districts agree their IoT investment will increase in the coming years. Ready or Not, Now's the Time to Prepare for IoT.

Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative


May 16, 2018) – Texas’ Richardson Independent School District (RISD) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the district’s new, three year “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative.


Looking Back on Three Years of the ConnectED Initiative: Did It Deliver?


Esri has granted 200,000 students access to its professional online GIS mapping software for doing projects. Microsoft 1) provided over 3 million students with free access to Office 365 in K-12 schools across the U.S., The company is about 60% of the way there, and says it will continue to distribute licenses into 2017. Sprint is currently accepting applications for this project, which are due by March 31, 2017.

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Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

But, are the students ready for what awaits them? According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. Among parents surveyed, 7 in 10 say that their child’s future success depends on them developing technology-use skills, which is also central to a ­personalized-learning model.