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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.

May 23, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

Building Capacity for Instructional Leadership (with Jimmy Casas)

Tom and our guest, Jimmy Casas, discuss how building capacity for instructional leadership is crucial, requiring strategic frameworks, empowering teams, and seeing culture through others’ eyes to avoid undercurrents in schools.
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May 21, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

Be a TokStar Librarian

Andrea Keller joins us to discuss the power of social media to promote books and programming in the library as well as how to use TikTok and other platforms to connect with your readers and community too.
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May 16, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

Don’t Confuse Access with Belonging (with Dr. Dennis Williams)

Creating a sense of belonging for students is critical, as it can impact their leadership skills, academics, and overall school experience. Principals should actively seek student voice, embrace diversity, and go beyond just providing access to truly engage the school community.
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May 14, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

Bringing SEL Into Our Libraries

Liz Stroud joins us to talk about the way she uses social emotional learning strategies, activities and books in her library to connect with her students!
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May 8, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

Ensuring Access & Opportunity (with Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle)

You won’t want to miss Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle, CEO of Orenda Education, dive deep into equity-related practices! Check out Episode 5 of Season 6 to understand: – What are the three “fierce questions” that Dr. Avelar La Salle discusses in addressing systemic inequities?
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May 7, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

Amplify Voices: Increasing Access to Diverse Books with Visual Book Lists and Free Book Fairs

This episode will focus on two of Melissa’s initiatives – Visual Book Lists and Novel Nation Book Fairs. Visual Book Lists provide easy to browse, thematic lists of similar books featuring diverse authors.
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May 2, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

Life Changing Learning (with Dr. David Law)

Superintendent Dr. David Law emphasizes the importance of creating a child-centered, empowering, and innovative learning environment that celebrates excellence, fosters experiential learning, and empowers both students and staff.
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April 30, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

EVERYONE Can Lead From Their Library

In this episode, Steve Tetreault joins Shannon to talk about how everyone can lead from their library by pursuing and sharing the things we love about librarianship.
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April 25, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

Behind the Mission of Serving Students

In Episode 3 of Season 6 of Future Ready’s Leading Through Unprecedented Times, Dr. Julie Mitchell discusses effective leadership, student voice, empathy interviews, family engagement, and shares incredible advice for aspiring school leaders.
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