One project aimed at maximizing digital learning opportunities and assisting school districts with moving in the direction of better preparing students for success in college and beyond is the Future Ready Schools initiative. This effort led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education is providing districts with resources and planning frameworks to make sure that local technology and digital learning plans align with the best instructional practices. It's important that we not only have up-to-date infrastructure but also trained teaching staff who can implement digital learning plans in the classroom.
Five Ridley School District administrators are participating in one of 13 Future Ready Regional Summits in Pittsburg designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology.
As the president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Bob Wise has been leading the charge to make schools “future ready.” The Alliance, along with U.S. Department of Education, is sponsoring a series of Future Ready Summits for district leaders and schoool superintendents across the country. Wise is also the former governor of West Virginia and an advocate for deeper learning, digital learning, and adolescent literacy. We spoke with with Wise in preparation for Pittsburgh’s Future Ready Summit, which is being held on June 22 and 23
What did organizers of Future Ready regional summits have in mind? “We have put up a big stop sign,” Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and a former governor of West Virginia, said in a January interview with The Hechinger Report. “Plan before you purchase. Don’t purchase and plan.” School leaders who attend one of more than a dozen Future Ready regional summits must sign a pledge and take a self-assessment before the training. In mid-January about 1,600 had signed it.
Becoming Future Ready In the NewsJune 17, 2015
Fremont School District 79 from Mundelein sent a team of school district leaders to Wadsworth recently to participate in regional Future Ready Summit.. This summit is an opportunity for educational leaders to discuss the importance of digital learning to enable present and future students to succeed. The summit was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education.
"Every child deserves that high-quality access to devices, Wi-Fi and content," said Thomas C. Murray, state and district digital learning director at the Alliance for Excellent Education. In St. Paul, Ark., Principal Duerr spent the last four years turning around a school that was on a state improvement plan and nearly closed. She grew up in this small-town area and left a suburban job to make a difference in her rural community.
Leadership teams from 31 districts gathered here Monday and Tuesday to plan new ways they can use ed tech to advance changes to teaching and learning in their schools. This gathering—the ninth of 13 regional summits being held across the U.S. since February—involves presentations, panel discussions, work sessions, networking, some games and #FutureReady social media moments.
Guess who: These people rarely control the ed tech budget, but they’re expected to make it work In the NewsJune 11, 2015
Teachers are the people who must effectively blend high-tech tools into their instruction, but relatively few of them have much say over what classroom technology is purchased.To prepare for education technology purchases, some school leaders are attending training sessions hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit advocacy organization. On Monday I spent the morning at one of these Future Ready regional summits, this one in Baltimore, Maryland. It’s part of a series of events in 12 cities across the country.
Lower Alloways Creek (LAC) School sent a team of school district leaders to Baltimore, Maryland, June 8-9, to participate in the next of 13 Future Ready Regional Summits, designed to help district leaders improve teaching and learning through the effective use of technology.
Future Ready initiative In the NewsJune 11, 2015
Gurnee Elementary District 56 will host a regional summit on digital learning sponsored by the Future Ready initiative, June 15 and 16. The intensive two-day event will be held in the district's new Prairie Trail School, 13600 W Wadsworth Road, Wadsworth, and will include 200 educators and regional experts from throughout the Midwest.