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Future Ready Schools®

Advancing Innovation and Equity in America’s Schools

Future Ready Schools® (FRS) helps innovative educators ensure that each student graduates from high school with the agency, passion, and skills to be a productive, compassionate, and responsible citizen.

Through FRS’s tools and resources, district and school leaders apply evidence-based practices resulting in engaging student-centered learning environments that empower robust learning opportunities, anytime, anywhere.

The FRS network focuses on leadership. We help district teams set a vision for the student outcomes and school experiences that today’s modern learners need to thrive. We emphasize goal setting using our research-based framework that advances policies to equitably deliver strong instruction, personalized professional learning, and creative community partnerships. Coupled with robust technology infrastructure and sustainability models – we build leadership capacity so that  school systems can offer flexible, rigorous, and equitable learning opportunities to each student.

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Now, more than ever, the nation’s schools face high demands to prepare students for an information-rich, high-tech, entrepreneurial, global economy that requires a highly skilled, knowledgeable, flexible, and capable workforce. FRS provides educators with research-based tools, resources, and capacity building that facilitates the modernization of schools and districts that support personalized, student-centered learning. 

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The FRS Way

We believe every child—regardless of the zip code they call home—must graduate from high school and deserves

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Why Our Work Matters

Nearly 17 million of America’s 53.1 million children are unplugged from instruction because their families lack home internet access. This “homework gap,” has contributed to significant opportunity gaps, particularly for students from marginalized communities. Beginning in spring 2020, many districts tapped federal, state, and local funding to provide all students with the connectivity and devices necessary for home-based remote learning. Now, the Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and subsequent federal investments provide ample opportunities for education leaders to close opportunity gaps and realize the promise of technology for America’s public school students. FRS can help ensure that this investment is not squandered.

Now, more than ever, the nation’s schools face high demands to prepare students for an information-rich, high-tech, entrepreneurial, global economy that requires a highly skilled, knowledgeable, flexible, and capable workforce. Today, 80 percent of good-paying jobs require postsecondary education, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.

However, in 2017, fewer than 50 percent of Americans ages 25–64 years held a quality credential beyond high school, according to the Lumina Foundation. The statistics are even more alarming for Americans from historically underserved groups; only about 24 percent of Latinos and about 30 percent of African Americans held an associate’s degree or higher in 2017.

This is a momentous time for education. Closing the digital divide and the homework gap remains one of America’s most consequential challenges. The need to systemically address opportunity gaps resulting from our students’ lack of ubiquitous technology access and devices—at home and school—is now an urgent economic, social, and moral imperative for our nation’s future success.

Tools and Resources

FRS provides educators with research-based tools and resources that facilitate the modernization of schools and districts that support personalized, student-centered learning. FRS tools and resources include the following:

All tools and resources are aligned with the evidence-based Future Ready Framework and focus on instructional leadership and systemic reform.

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Our Work

FRS’s tools and resources help support district and school leaders with the modernization of schools and the implementation of personalized, student-centered learning.

July 17, 2024

Podcast | Digital Learning, Future Ready Schools, Opportunity to Learn, Professional Learning

UnDisrupted: The CIA of Education

In this engaging episode, Adam and Carl sit down with Kim Zajac, a Speech & Language Pathologist from Norton Public Schools in Norton, MA. Together, they reminisce about the apps that disappeared too soon and share some of the latest teenage slang terms making waves in schools.
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July 10, 2024

Blog | Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

Building Future Innovators: The Hands-On Learning Approach at Gull Lake Community Schools

In our blog, Gull Lake Community Schools shares how they have significantly enhanced student education through the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Curriculum, which provides essential skills in computer science, coding, and engineering.
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July 10, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

Leading From The Library Season 8 Recap

Podcast Summary: Season 8 of the Leading from the Library Podcast, hosted by Shannon McClintock Miller, features insightful discussions on enhancing library programs through global collaboration, mentorship, social emotional learning, and sustainability.
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July 10, 2024

Podcast | Digital Learning, Future Ready Schools, Opportunity to Learn, Professional Learning

UnDisrupted: Wrapping Up ISTE Live 2024: Insights, Innovations, and Inspiration

oin Adam and Carl as they wrap up three and a half days of learning, networking, and fun at ISTE Live 2024! In this episode, they share their key takeaways from the conference, highlight the most exciting innovations in educational technology, and discuss the inspiring sessions and speakers that made an impact.
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July 3, 2024

Podcast | Digital Learning, Future Ready Schools, Opportunity to Learn, Professional Learning

UnDisrupted: State of Ed Tech

This week, Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), joins Adam and Carl. In this fun-filled episode, they discuss the State of EdTech leadership survey findings and how COSN is working to prepare the next generation of technology leaders.
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June 27, 2024

Podcast | Collaborative Leadership, Community Partnership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning, Robust Infrastructure, Use of Space and Time

How to Personalize the Experience (with Nicki Slaugh & Eric Sheninger)

In the final episode of Season 6 of Leading Through Unprecedented Times, Nicki Slaugh and Eric Sheninger discuss strategies for personalizing education to better meet the needs of each learner. The guests dive deep into the importance of a dynamic partnership between teachers and students, where learning is tailored to each student’s strengths, interests, and needs.
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June 26, 2024

Podcast | Digital Learning, Future Ready Schools, Opportunity to Learn, Professional Learning

UnDisrupted: AI Experts?

Adam Phyall and Carl Hooker are back for season 8 – the guys share what’s been going on since last season and where we are with AI this school year.
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June 20, 2024

Podcast | Collaborative Leadership, Community Partnership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning, Robust Infrastructure, Use of Space and Time

Leading a School from the Front and Back (with Andrew Rebello)

Leading a school requires balancing multiple roles and creating an environment where teachers and students thrive. Massachusetts Principal of the Year, Andrew Rebello, the Assistant Superintendent-Principal, at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School focuses on building strong community partnerships, providing mental health support, and empowering teachers to be experts in their classrooms, fostering a culture of excellence and engagement.
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June 18, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

Teaching is Heart Work

In this episode, Shannon is joined by guest Melaney Michael Sanchez. The two discuss about the importance of caring for yourself as well as using teacher institutes and experiences as inspiration for renewing yourself and motivating students!
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