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.

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?

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2020 Vision (revisited)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Today we see a number of dual enrollment programs, for example, and secondary students in P-Tech programs , the Bard Early Colleges , and other initiatives are graduating with college credits. Leadership and Vision Our Changing World Audrey Watters future future-ready Karl Fisch vision

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.

Learn how the Alliance for Excellent Education can help you and your students! | @All4ed


The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington based advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are ready for success in college. Show Topics * The Alliance for Excellent Education * 4th Annual Digital Learning Day * What is Future Ready?

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.

Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


June 20, 2018) – Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools (HCS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms to support its inquiry-based teaching and learning initiative.


This Tech Encourages Career Planning When It Matters Most—Before Graduation


Instead, she spent two years at a junior college in general education before declaring a major in accounting—mainly because she had done well in her high school accounting classes. So, she marched herself across campus to the Education department and decided to teach business instead.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday! This is an amazing and free online event that brings together educators and innovators from around the world. The hidden treasure of the Global Education Conference is volunteering--you will love it!

An Interactive Tool Empowers High Schoolers To Take Control of Career Planning


Instead, she spent two years at a junior college in general education before declaring a major in accounting—mainly because she had done well in her high school accounting classes. So, she marched herself across campus to the Education department and decided to teach business instead.

It’s 2018, not 1918. Basic skills are not enough.

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here is a quote from Kentucky Education Commissioner, Dr. Wayne Lewis (who is a friend of mine). The context is a statewide conversation about higher education standards for Kentucky high school graduates.

Magic of the Everyday: Southern CA Educators Share 10 Best Teaching, Technology Practices


We were similarly awed to get a firsthand look at the work of educators from more than 10 districts—from Los Angeles to San Diego and up to the Inland Empire—who are devising smart ways to deploy new tools and practices in their schools. Many districts have signed the Future Ready Pledge , but what comes next? This holds educators to be more accountable when trying new technologies while also creating a bank of lesson plans specifically focused on VR.

Starting! Global Collaboration Day and the Global Education Fair (Detailed Listings)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Plus, the Global Education Fair (10:00 am - 8:00 pm US-Eastern Daylight Time) is almost here! It’s now well into Thursday in the South Pacific--and that means Global Collaboration Day has arrived! One day, September 21st. all around the world = 48 actual hours to share.

21 Must Have Communication Skills

The Daring Librarian

I've been a fangirl of Lisa Johnson aka the @ TechChef4u for years, this an infographic from her latest book: Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students and it's AWESOME so and I just have to share it with you!

A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

He currently co-leads a Future Ready Administrators principal team to foster professional learning and he is working with the director of curriculum to define a blended and personalized learning framework to help implement digital content and services.

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


But as Betsy Corcoran outlined in her July 2014 article , some companies had yet to deliver on their promise of clearly outlining how educators could apply for those products and services. “If Autodesk provided more than 335,000 students and educators from secondary schools with professional software and services for use in classrooms, labs, and at home. The future of ConnectED: Exactly how much play should and does the government have in bringing edtech to K-12?

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6 Questions to Consider as You Start the School Year

Tom Murray

After facilitating a large number of admin retreats, leading conference sessions, emceeing multiple Future Ready Institutes, and keynoting many conferences this summer, my heart keeps coming back to one thing to start this coming school year. Everything else is secondary.

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. You may know Lisa as TechChef4U , a blogger, speaker, and famously creative educational technologist.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

Most educators look at the cost of their device and software, but what they need to understand is that the total cost includes PD, tech support, sustainability. She was selected to participate in the Future Ready Superintendent Briefing with the U.S.

12 of my favorite podcasts for teachers

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I started my Truth For Teachers podcast in January, and since then, I’ve heard from dozens of educators who are now hooked on the format and are anxious to find other great education podcasts to follow. 10) Inspiring Educators.