On April 7, mayors from the New Jersey Black Mayors Alliance for Social Justice met with their respective school district superintendents to learn about the new Future Ready New Jersey certification program being developed by a consortia of organizations including the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey School Boards Association, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. At the event, superintendents took the Future Ready district pledge to implement meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers and addresses the district’s vision for student learning.
Run by the Alliance for Excellent Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and a vast coalition of over fifty national and regional partners, Future Ready Schools helps district leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential.
“It is tremendously important to engage community leaders outside of education, specifically mayors, in the Future Ready planning process,” said Sara Hall, vice president of policy and advocacy for digital learning at the Alliance for Excellent Education, who spoke at the event. “Such engagement and partnership, particularly in large urban districts, is vital to ensure that both political and district leadership collaborate to support a community’s children.”
Hall notes that this group of mayors represented large urban areas such as Trenton and Newark, which educate more than 40,000 students from low-income families. “Their vision was clear,” Hall writes in a recent blog post, “to improve student outcomes by personalizing instruction for every student by implementing accelerated high-quality teaching and learning through technology.”
Read Hall’s complete blog post at https://all4ed.org/?p=27051.