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.

New Micro-credentials for Back-to-School Professional Learning

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As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning. 21st Century Learning Through Global Education. Global Competence – Future Ready Skills.

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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. Schools that are Future Ready are those with empowered teachers, courageous leaders, students who take charge of their learning, and the tools available to support personalized approaches that ensure college or career readiness for all students.

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. When a superintendent signs the Future Ready Pledge , he or she commits to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district’s vision for student learning. How can librarians become more Future Ready?

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. Department of Education are leading the Future Ready effort with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and a vast coalition of organizations, to implement systemic change throughout our nation by creating schools that are future ready.

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 is focused on collaborative leadership, not just the superintendent. They have a mature implementation but are still working on personalization.

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. However, too often librarians are left out of the planning process for infrastructure and devices, professional learning for teachers, and digital content strategies—areas where they often have expertise. Future Ready Goals=Librarian Goals. Next page: Why librarians can help become future ready).

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. When a superintendent signs the Future Ready Pledge , he or she commits to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district’s vision for student learning. How can librarians become more Future Ready?

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.

?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.

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 main feature of this resource is a personalized playlist of bite-sized videos that will focus on the specific needs of a district.

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.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

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 main feature of this resource is a personalized playlist of bite-sized videos that will focus on the specific needs of a district.

Teachers Can Transform Education if We Reinvent Professional Learning

EdNews Daily

First, as schools adjust to the seismic shifts in society at large, increasingly teachers must demonstrate skills in inquiry, project-based learning, design thinking and supporting personalized learning through coaching and mentoring. Lack of professional opportunities to develop this complex skill set is leading to frustration and an exodus is building. They have figured out the future. Train teachers for the future, not the past. Coach and Co-Learn.

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. These five FRS “institutes” will feature professional learning for superintendents, district leaders, principals, teacher leaders, and instructional coaches, IT directors, and librarians/media specialists.

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

Tom Murray

The 2016 Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education , articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. . The plan, which can be accessed in multiple formats, includes the following components: (1) Introduction , (2) Learning , (3) Teaching , (4) Leadership , (5) Assessment , and (6) Infrastructure. Future Ready Schools.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success. 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. Personalized Learning Aids All Students.

Tool: A District’s ‘Look For’ Guide to Personalized Learning

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Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) is featured in the Future Ready Leaders project’s professional learning resources as one of the nation’s leaders in personalized learning. KMSD became recognized as a Future Ready school after an evaluation based on the 27 points of policies and practice within the focus areas. Personalized student learning. Personalized professional learning.

6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Both Stacey and Lynn are recent facilitators of the Friday Institute’s Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning Program , where they they worked with a national cohort of school leaders that implemented blended and digital learning in their schools.

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. But being college and career ready takes more than just career counseling or use of software in the classroom, it takes personalized, differentiated instruction that starts at an early age. Innovators in education shared their expertise on preparing students to be ready for the working world in a recent edWebinar.

?Tool: A How-to Video Library From the U.S. Office of Educational Technology

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How about a video plan to help incorporate digital learning into your schools? This series of 50 short videos help schools and districts see how it looks to implement various parts of a personalized learning strategy into their systems. In support of the Future Ready Schools Initiative, where superintendents across the country pledge to actively work toward widespread, equitable digital learning, the U.S. Personalized student learning.

Tips for Designing a Future-Focused EdTech Mindset

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While educators and support staff are trying to ensure a continuity of learning for their students during school closures, school and district leaders have an opportunity to design a positive future. Aglio recommends that districts align every action and decision regarding remote and virtual learning to their mission, vision, and core values. He prescribes five tips for designing a student-centered, future-focused edtech mindset. Learn more at www.net-ref.com.

8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

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Those experiences have sharpened our desire to prepare this generation of students to become successful citizens in a global society by putting to rest the weary industrial model of education and shifting to a more personal approach. Learning Transformed. Our new book, Learning Transformed , published by ASCD, outlines eight keys to intentionally designing tomorrow’s schools to prepare today’s learners for success far beyond earning a high school diploma.

How to Create a Vision

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Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical. Creativity can flow from constraints; creating space for all to share what personalized learning means to them will bring new perspectives. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

How to Create a Vision

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Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical. Creativity can flow from constraints; creating space for all to share what personalized learning means to them will bring new perspectives. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

ISTE Launches ISTE U to Help Teachers, Leaders Build Digital Competencies

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The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is beginning enrollment today for ISTE U , an online professional learning hub for teachers and leaders to build critical skills for teaching and learning in a digital world. What’s New: New Tools for Schools ] ISTE partnered with D2L to use the BrightSpace learning management system (LMS) to power ISTE U. Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level. ?

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

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Practices such as BYOD, 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, classroom and school redesign, branding, makerspaces, professional learning, etc. As Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), I have worked with a fantastic team to develop services and tools to help districts, schools, and organizations across the world transform teaching, learning, and leadership.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

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In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. He’s the co-author of Learning Transformed. So many times, we’re seeing schools and teachers thinking that technology is going to solve the learning issues that we’re seeing, and that technology can just transform old practice. Research Finding #1: (What Works) Learning must be Interactive.

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What Makes Professional Development Work?

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“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” Vice President and Managing Director at SIIA, made this statement in a recent edWebinar , with Jeff Mao, CEO, Edmoxie LLC, Bruce Umpstead, Director of State Programs at IMS Global Learning Consortium, and Ilya Zeldin, Founder and CEO of 2gnoMe. It is not easy for teachers to thrive and to grow when teacher professional development is irrelevant, generic, and unsustainable.

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

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- Unique Digital Content Combined with Sustained Professional Development to Help Create Vibrant Culture of STEM in Participating Schools - Silver Spring, Md. 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.

Leading Educators Take the Stage to Ignite Change in Education

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Every speaker who took the stage talked about how students in this country deserve the highest quality education, rich with learning experiences that challenge them and opportunities to develop skills that prepare them for a future we can’t foresee. Mark Ray , Chief Digital Officer of Vancouver Public Schools , spoke of transforming the role of librarians in his district to support students in becoming “future ready.” Representing 73 districts, 33 states, and 3.2

Good News from Our Nation’s Capital

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limited fidelity to models, limited professional development?, teacher professional development?, Learning Partnerships: Teachers, students, staff, and the community are informed and active partners in planning for, and implementing, an inclusive Empowered Learners strategy.?. ? Enhanced Curriculum: Technology enhancements increase agency and authenticity for powerful learning that prepares students to contribute and thrive.?. ? By Charles Sosnik.

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

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- Award-Winning Digital Services and Professional Learning to Support the Development of Life-Long Learners- Silver Spring, Md. 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 vision also extends to high schools through the Future Ready Institutes.

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A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

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His participation in a Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for VPS’s systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support his district’s work. Zach was recently appointed to the advisory board for Future Ready Principals with the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Confessions of a Digital Leader: Planning Personalized PD

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As someone who is new to the role of planning an entire school district’s professional development plan, let me first start by saying that this is not as simple of a task as it sounds. For the most part, our teachers WANTED sustaining professional learning with choice…lots of choice. My job is to create a plan that in essence supports the learning of “the whole teacher” This thinking is critical. Personal anecdotes void of links).