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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.

The FRS Way

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

We are Future Ready!

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

Webinar | Future Ready Schools, Librarians

The Mindful Librarian

February 2, 2022 4:00-5:00 PM

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Event, Virtual Event | Future Ready Schools

FRS Virtual Leadership Workshop – Changing the Narrative: Leading a Culture Committed to DEI

February 15, 2022 12:00-2:00 PM

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Event, Virtual Event | Future Ready Schools, Librarians

Future Ready Librarians® Summit: Taking Control of Your Collections

February 26, 2022 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

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Event, Virtual Event | Future Ready Schools, Librarians

Future Ready Librarians® Summit: Taking Control of Your Collections

March 26, 2022 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

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January 6, 2022

Podcast | Future Ready Schools

Season Finale – Predictions & Resolutions

In this season ending episode, Carl and Adam put on their future-thinking hats and try to predict what will happen in the year 2022 …
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January 3, 2022

Podcast | Future Ready Schools

Building Your Own Table With Dr. Sarah Thomas

Dr. Sarah Thomas is an entrepreneur, an author, a publisher and a podcaster, but above all else, she’s an educator. In this episode of …
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January 3, 2022

Podcast | Future Ready Schools

Going All-In To Keep Kids Out

Marietta City Schools Leaders Dr. Brittney Wilson and Farhat Ahmad share how an all-in focus on human-centered learning is transforming the outcomes and lives …
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December 23, 2021

Podcast | Future Ready Schools

Positive Signs of Learning

Joseph Case High School Principal Brian McCann (MA) sees evidence of learning all around him. Fully recognizing that school is so much more than …
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December 22, 2021

Podcast | Future Ready Schools

Being True to You with Krystle Pearson

In another special in-person episode, Adam and Carl sit down with Krystle Pearson, Director of Technology at Brunswick County Public Schools, to discuss how …
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