What is the Future Ready Effort?
Future Ready Schools is a bold new initiative, led by the Alliance for Excellent Education, supported by the US Department of Education, and in partnership with the LEAD Commission and a vast coalition of organizations, working to support school district superintendents and their leadership teams on district-wide transformation. The vision of this new initiative is for district leaders to develop and implement a sustainable, forward thinking roadmap for effective digital learning transformation. This transformation ensures that an effective technology deployment aligns with instructional best practices and is implemented by highly trained teachers, so that the learning is effectively personalized for every student. In turn, students will experience greater success and ultimately be better prepared to succeed in the competitive global workforce that they will face upon graduation.The initiative began with the “Future Ready Pledge”, created by the Office of Educational Technology at the US Department of Education, and will officially launch through a Superintendent’s Summit that will be held at the White House in mid-November. 150 of the most innovative superintendents from around the nation will join high-ranking White House officials and members of the US Department of Education for a digital pledge signing ceremony, launching the initiative. Following the summit at the White House, twelve regional summits will be held across the nation, with hundreds of school leaders attending each event. At regional summits, district teams will develop specific action plans in areas such as professional learning, data and privacy, technology and networks, curriculum and instruction, assessment, the use of time, etc. Over the course of the first year, district leaders will be provided with a dynamic self-assessment tool, as well as additional implementation guidance, a vast array of online resources from the coalition partners, capacity to connect and network with other leaders in their region, and the support needed to transition their district into one that is future ready.To read the full post, click here.