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Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

Librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become “future ready.” The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. She kicked off Season 6 of the Emerging Tech series of webinars on October 19th with a live broadcast from New Canaan High School on the topic of “ Future Ready Librarians.”

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

Across the country, librarians are supporting those in need by promoting the great work and connectivity often available at local libraries. Community Partnerships is one of the gears of the Future Ready Framework and the 7th Key of Learning Transformed , indicates that “Community collaboration and engagement must be woven into the fabric of a school’s culture.” Collaborate and Promote Your Local Library!


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E-rate support during COVID-19

Education Superhighway

Here are a few ways the E-rate and broadband community is working to help connect your students during the crisis. The FCC waived a rule prohibiting E-rate program participants from accepting free broadband services and devices. This means internet service providers (ISPs) can support increased access to broadband and remote learning applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. School, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB). Future Ready Schools.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. Normally, many rural districts work with local libraries and businesses to provide students with WiFi hotspots. Now, they are employing creative methods, such as expanding the reach of the school’s broadband so students can do work from the parking lot or in the surrounding area, having off-duty patrol cars become hotspots across the district. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

Students can now have an entire library in their backpack, and this changes the dynamic for schools and students. This broadcast was hosted by , SETDA , and Future Ready Schools , and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. edWeb Blog district leadership research-based webinar SETDA state leadership