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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.

March 14, 2022

Gear | Budget and Resources, Collaborative Leadership, Community Partnership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Data and Privacy, Future Ready Schools, Librarians, Professional Learning, Robust Infrastructure, Use of Space and Time

Future Ready Librarians® Framework

The Future Ready Librarians® Framework is built on the research-based gears of the Future Ready Schools Framework. Intentionally aligned to similar frameworks for school …
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March 14, 2022

Publication | Budget and Resources, Collaborative Leadership, Community Partnership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Data and Privacy, Future Ready Schools, Librarians, Literacy, Robust Infrastructure, Use of Space and Time

Protected: Future Ready Librarians® Playbook

A GUIDE TO SUPPORT FUTURE READY LIBRARIANSHIP Future Ready Librarians® (FRL) was created in 2016. Over the past five years, FRL has helped change …
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November 21, 2016

Blog | Budget and Resources, Collaborative Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Future Ready Schools, Librarians

Why Not Unleash the Instructional Leadership of Librarians to Foster Future Ready Schools?

This is a question I’ve been considering for many years, both as a teacher librarian and more recently as a district leader. In my …
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Event, Webinar | Budget and Resources, Digital Learning, Future Ready Schools, Librarians

Future Ready Librarians: Investing Strategically in Digital Resources

December 11, 2018

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April 5, 2018

Blog | Budget and Resources, Community Partnership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Future Ready Schools, Librarians, Robust Infrastructure, Use of Space and Time

Future Ready with a Library Voice

This is blog is a repost from Jamie Locklin’s Blog. I came into my current position as the Director of Digital Learning three years …
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Event, Webinar | Budget and Resources, Collaborative Leadership, Future Ready Schools, Librarians

Future Ready Librarians® Future-Proof Your School Library Budget: What to do if the cuts happen

March 5, 2020

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June 14, 2018

Blog | Budget and Resources, Collaborative Leadership, Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Future Ready Schools, Librarians

Collaborating, Curating, and OER:  BCPS School Librarian and Teacher Partnerships

The Future Ready Librarians (FRL) framework supports our continuing efforts to develop purposeful partnerships between school librarians and teachers and to connect our school …
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