Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

How can schools and districts systemically create a vision of teaching and learning that’s personal, authentic, relevant, and harnesses the power of technology? The Future Ready Frame work , a dynamic, research-based support for school leaders, created by Future Ready Schools?

Just Announced: FREE Future Ready Schools Institutes

Tom Murray

As many readers of my blog know, I serve as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools® , a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education , located in Washington, D.C. The 2017 events build upon the first two phases of FRS, which saw almost 4,000 school leaders, from over 800 school district teams come to network, connect, learn, problem solve, and grow together. . All for the kids we serve, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools.

Look Into the Future Ready

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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 ®.

Launching Future Ready Librarians

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The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White House in October 2014. district-wide outline seven tenets relating to digital learning. .

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Learning Should be Anytime, Anywhere. .

Are you future ready?

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The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White House in October 2014. district-wide outline seven tenets relating to digital learning. .

Future Ready Librarians launch

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The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White House in October 2014. district-wide outline seven tenets relating to digital learning. .

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

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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.

Future Ready: A Systemic Plan for Transformation

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Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. Murray’s team at the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S.

Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks

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As the 2017/2018 school year approaches, it would be good to know about a couple of documents/frameworks that will be influencing the ways we teach with, learn with and support our classroom educator and coach partners. It should absolutely fuel your professional development efforts.

Are librarians the key to a Future Ready school?

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Department of Education’s Office of Education Technology, librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become future ready. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, expanded FRS to position school librarians as leaders in this effort.

Future Ready Schools® Releases New Blended Learning Guide for Districts

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In conjunction with the seventh annual Digital Learning Day , Future Ready Schools (FRS), an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), released a new guide for school districts interested in using “blended learning” to support their approach to instruction.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

Framework: Future Ready’s Transformation Framework

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How can school and district leaders leverage research-based practices and models of success to create an effective personalized learning ecosystem for all learners? Launched in 2015, Future Ready Schools ®, a collaboration of over 60 national and regional organizations, led by the Alliance for Excellent Education , lays out a framework for change and provides a myriad of free tools and resources, as well as support for district and school-based leaders.

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). First released in 1996 and updated every five years since, the NETP is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. Future Ready Schools.

?Reports: On Leadership from Future Ready

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Strong leaders are essential for the developing and sustaining transitions to digital learning. The Office of Educational Technology (OET), in partnership with the American Institutes for Research, developed a research-based synthesis that defines a set of 27 policies and practices within four focus areas: collaborative leadership, personalized student learning, personalized professional learning and robust infrastructure.

Free Resources to Support Your Work

Tom Murray

You can listen to the podcast episode here: If you listen to the podcast, you’ll hear Greg and I discuss a variety of resources such as Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day, issues that we are all facing, ways to advocate for some of our children most in need, and the work of my home organization, The Alliance for Excellent Education, each of which I share below. Future Ready Schools? on Digital Learning Day 2019.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day & Get Your School #FutureReady with @All4Ed & @OfficeofEdTech! #DLDay

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Future Ready Schools Preparing Students for Success I''m honored to be a part of this year''s annual Digital Learning Day held in Washington D.C. on March 13, 2015 with inspiring educators from around the country. What is Digital Learning Day?

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

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Future Ready overhaul coincides with the new national ed-tech plan. Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The videos highlight ideal, peer-based stories and practices from a wide range of Future Ready districts across the nation. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

This blog was originally posted on the Future Ready website at [link]. Open Education Resources were the highlight of this Future Ready webinar as they align to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment gear of the Future Ready Framework.

Future Ready Schools® Announces Five Regional Institutes for District and School Leaders

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Future Ready Schools (FRS) today announced a series of free regional events to support school and district leaders in creating policies, procedures, and practices that transform teaching and learning. To learn more about the FRS institutes, visit www.futureready.org/institutes.

Confessions of a Digital Leader: The Myths and Truths of Future Readiness

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When I interviewed for my current role, I had to create a presentation and present on what being Future Ready meant to Lufkin. It was and still is a culture of ideas, learning and growth created to support the global preparedness of our students and teachers. Professional Growt

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

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You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Future Ready summit tackles how to plan for tomorrow’s ed tech

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A recent regional summit brought superintendents together to discuss the future of education. Despite a focus on using technology to prepare for education’s future, discussions about specific devices or applications were completely absent.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. AASA members advance the goals of public education and champion children’s causes in their districts and nationwide.

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay

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Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Their nationwide initiatives reach millions of students and educators each year.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

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Future Ready overhaul coincides with the new national ed-tech plan. Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The videos highlight ideal, peer-based stories and practices from a wide range of Future Ready districts across the nation. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation.

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Hacking Project Based Learning: A free webinar!

Tom Murray

School leaders across the country are working to create meaningful, authentic, and real-world learning experiences inside their schools and classrooms. Hacking Project Based Learning: 10 Easy Steps to PBL and Inquiry in the Classroom , by authors Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy , is a dynamic read and addresses many of the myths associated with leveraging a PBL approach to teaching and learning. All for the kids we serve, Hacking Project-Based Learning.

Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

Tom Murray

On Tuesday, September 12th, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST, join author and long time educator, Kristin Ziemke and me as we discuss: Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom ! Future Ready Schools ® Invites You to a Participate in a Webinar. Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom. Tom Murray , Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools ® , Alliance for Excellent Education. From coast to coast, U.S.

The news from ISTE

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Following input and feedback from more than 1300 educators from the US and around the world, ISTE released its new Standards for Education Leaders , formerly known as the ISTE Standards for Administrators. Future Ready Future Ready Librarians ISTE

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. URL: www.christenseninstitute.org/education.

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Hacking Leadership: A Free Webinar!

Tom Murray

It’s not every day that I get to interview someone who I consider one of the top educators in country and say that the person also happens to be one of my best friends. If I could sum up Joe Sanfelippo in one sentence, it would be that he is an incredible family man, an amazing school leader who walks the walk, one of today’s best thinkers on the topic of school leadership and the notion of branding, and the exact type of educator I want leading the way for my own children.

Mississippi’s Columbia School District Selects Discovery Education to Support Innovative Before- and After-School Programs for All Students

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By integrating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital content into its innovative X-STREAM extracurricular program, the Columbia School District is creating one-of-a-kind digital learning experiences that increase participating students’ love of learning.

Personalization and Teacher Engagement Play Vital Roles in College and Career Readiness

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College and career readiness has grown to be a hot topic that is on the mind of every educational leader in the nation. Innovators in education shared their expertise on preparing students to be ready for the working world in a recent edWebinar.

Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network

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We will spend 6 days all together on site, plus Amos Fodchuk and his coaches from Advanced Learning Partnerships will be facilitating both regional meetups across the state and ongoing coaching with each participating district. Connected Educator Month launches today.

Next Gen Professional Development pt 2- Upskilling

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Have you ever learned something by failing for a bit and then mastering the concept by simply doing it? Flash forward twenty plus years and I was thinking very much about my skiing origin-story as I designed my first-ever professional development for a group of educators.

What’s your district’s vision? Ask these 4 questions and find out

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Participants freely brainstormed and spitballed ideas for professional learning, campus initiatives, curriculum focus, data points, student progress—you know, the foundational elements of school. We are called to the business of education because we believe in the potential of people.

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

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Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

How can schools ensure a “return on instruction?”

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[ A portion of the following is an excerpt from the new ASCD book, Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today ]. The problem with these conversations has been a lack of focus on the why and how technology can support a learning transformation.