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The EdSurge Guide to Becoming a Future Ready Leader

The EdSurge Guide to Becoming a Future Ready Leader

So, you’ve signed the Future Ready Pledge—or perhaps you are just considering it. What do you do next? 

The Future Ready District Pledge is a commitment and a roadmap for superintendents and district leaders to move towards personalized learning. As part of taking the Future Ready Pledge you gain access to the Future Ready Framework which helps you assess your readiness to move towards personalized learning. The framework is broken down into seven sections, or “gears” to consider as you become Future Ready.

In this guide, we’ll dive into each gear from the Future Ready Framework and provide real world stories of how schools are approaching these gears head-on. We hope it inspires you to explore the creative possibilities and frank realities of planning and implementing personalized learning. 

Each section in this guide is designed to help you think through the possibilities and learn from other Future Ready leaders. Topics include:

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction

Becoming a "Future-Ready School" does not mean replacing existing curriculum and instructional practices with technology. Instead, it is an opportunity to rethink 1) how students learn best and 2) how you can implement curriculum and instructional technology to help drive better student outcomes. In this section, you will find ideas to inspire you to rethink approaches in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

21st Century Skills

Beyond the Hype: 5 Ways to Think About Virtual and Augmented Reality in Schools

6 MONTHS AGO

School Models

How Valor Collegiate Academy is Rethinking SEL

4 MONTHS AGO

Project-Based Learning

When Tech Meets Project-Based Learning

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

School Models

Redefining Tech, Culture and Curriculum at Katherine Smith Elementary

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Use of Time

Use of Time

Online and digital learning resources open up new potential for how the school day is structured and where learning takes place. By rethinking how you deliver instruction, you can create additional opportunities for personalized learning, projects, and collaboration. Here, you will find four stories about how different schools used technology to reimagine the use of time.

Competency-Based Learning

How Alaska's Chugach District Changed Education Through Performance-Based Learning

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Competency-Based Learning

Low-Performing Detroit Middle School Eliminates Grade Levels, Goes Blended

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Language Arts

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

11 MONTHS AGO

Personalized Learning

Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Technology, Networks and Hardware

Technology, Networks and Hardware

It is not uncommon for schools and districts to roll out technology initiatives only to find out that the infrastructure is not ready to handle the roll-out. In this section, you will learn tips and tricks on how other districts have navigated infrastructure issues.

Nonprofits

Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

8 MONTHS AGO

School Models

Hotspots, YouTube, WiFi, Oh My! How Renton Prioritizes Infrastructure Over Devices

9 MONTHS AGO

Before Choosing Edtech Products, Ask Yourself These Three Questions

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

School Infrastructure

America’s Classrooms Online: 24.5 Million Students Now Up to Speed

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Data and Privacy

Data and Privacy

Protecting data and student privacy is very important in schools and it is not something you should just leave up to the edtech companies. Knowing the risks and taking the right precautions is part of being a Future Ready leader. In this section, we focus on the many important data and privacy issues you will face as a Future Ready District and provide solutions from the field.

Data Privacy

Rewriting the Social Contract to Safeguard Student Data Privacy

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Data Privacy

5 Questions Schools Should Ask to Protect Students’ Privacy

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Data Privacy

Seven Tips to Protect Faculty and Student Data from Hackers

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships

Community partnerships can come in many shapes and sizes, based on your needs. In this section, you will learn from administrators who built partnerships with higher education institutions, in addition to partnerships with other school around the globe. 

Personalized Learning

How Baltimore CPS Used Communications Strategies to Create Personalized Learning Buy-In

5 MONTHS AGO

Student Voice

How to Shift to a Student-Centered Approach in Parent-Teacher Conferences

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Workforce Training

Idaho PTECH: Building the “Last Mile” of Opportunity for Rural Students

OVER 2 YEARS AGO

Technology Tips

Five Ways to Build Your School’s Instructional Brand and Connect with Families

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Personal Learning Networks

Classrooms Without Walls: Using Digital Media to Connect Inside and Outside of the Classroom

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Learning Research

It Takes Two: The Practical Benefits of K-12 Public Education and Higher Ed Partnerships

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Professional Learning

Professional Learning

Can you rethink professional development by creating a shared ownership of professional growth? Future Ready highlights self-directed online PD and social media as potential approaches, but, what does that look like in practice? In this section, you will learn from four administrators who upgraded the professional development offerings in their schools, district and state.

Professional Development

How One District Redefined Teacher Evaluations with ‘Self-Directed Growth Plans’

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Professional Development

Before We Were Connected: How To Achieve a Statewide Professional Learning Network

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Professional Development

How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Professional Development

What 10 Years of K-12 Online Professional Development Taught New Hampshire

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Budget and Resources

Budget and Resources

Funding your Future Ready initiative should not be done haphazardly. Finding the funds and making good procurement choices can mean the difference between a successful or failed implementation. In this section, consider the various ways that policies and funding strategies are helping district leaders re-think their approach to technology procurement. 

Professional Development

Need a Substitute Teacher? Try an ELF Instead

5 MONTHS AGO

Technology Tips

Where to Find Money for Your School’s Edtech Purchases

8 MONTHS AGO

Blended Learning

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money

5 MONTHS AGO

School Infrastructure

At CETPA, District Leaders Rethink the Classroom, From Furniture to Funding

8 MONTHS AGO

Government

How Proposed Title I Changes Impact School Funding and Edtech Vendors

10 MONTHS AGO

Technology Tips

When I Buy Edtech Products, Our Teachers Don’t Use Them… What Do I Do?

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Take the Pledge

Take the Pledge

If you are interested in learning more about the Future Ready program or taking the Future Ready Pledge, you can learn more here.

 

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