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Office of Digital Learning

Future Ready Schools Initiative

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Sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education alongside a vast coalition of national organizations, the Future Ready Schools initiative provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.

Massachusetts is proud to be one of the 17 original State Partners to the Future Ready Schools initiative.

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Developed by the U.S. Department of Education in October 2014, the Future Ready Schools District Pledge is a commitment by district leaders to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready Schools.
The graphic lists the seven key categories of the Future Ready Framework: Personalized Professional Learning; Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Budget and Resources; Community Partnerships; Privacy and Data; Use of Space and Time; Technology Infrastructure; and Collaborative Leadership
At the heart of Future Ready Schools is the Future Ready Framework, a structure for digital learning planning and implementation. The Framework emphasizes collaborative leadership and positive school culture. All content focuses on seven key categories (called gears) addressed during the planning process, while keeping student learning at the center of all decision-making.

Resources

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Interactive Planning Dashboard
The Future Ready Planning Dashboard is a free, interactive planning tool that lets districts assess their readiness, identify gaps, select from suggested strategies, and make a plan to transition successfully to digital learning in the seven key categories of the Future Ready Framework: Personalized Professional Learning; Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Budget and Resources; Community Partnerships; Privacy and Data; Use of Space and Time; Technology Infrastructure; and Collaborative Leadership.

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Digital Learning Hub
This site helps district leadership teams develop effective Future Ready Action Plans that combine research-based instructional practices with effective digital learning strategies. In addition to face-to-face events, this site offers ongoing "just-in-time" professional learning opportunities through webinars, interactive chats, access to transformational leaders, quality resources, and mentoring from successful practitioners.

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Regional Summits Co-Hosted with the US Department of Education
Regional summits highlight the experiences of districts in the region and help district leaders build capacity. Led by trained facilitators skilled at using technology and digital learning, district teams leave with a concrete action plan for creating a Future Ready school district. The summits also encourage cross-district collaboration as participants join an active network of regional experts and other district leaders committed to sharing information and lessons learned. There is no cost to register a district leadership team for a National Future Ready Summit, the agenda is "brand agnostic", and scholarships are available to district teams who apply and demonstrate need. Note: Locations and dates for the 2016 regional summits will be posted when they become available.

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Conference Connections
This site lists conferences that include Future Ready Schools themes, strands, and/or sessions.

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Extension programs
Future Ready Extension Programs give interested districts the opportunity to explore one or more issues in depth. Topics have included digital citizenship for teachers, principal leadership in instructional technology, selecting the right technology to achieve student success, and many others.



Last Updated: December 14, 2015
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