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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.

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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June 18, 2024

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

UnDisrupted: Disneyland for Educators

It’s time to gear up for ISTE Live 24! Adam and Carl are joined by Jennifer Ragan-Fore, the Chief Experience Officer at ISTE. Jennifer shares some exciting items that you want to include on your ISTE Live schedule.
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June 13, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

The Teacher is the #1 Impactor (with Melody Hawkins)

Melody Hawkins (@MHawkinsEDU), the 2021 National University Teacher of the Year, shares her journey from a science background to becoming a teacher and leader, emphasizing the importance of teacher motivation, empathetic leadership, and social-emotional learning.
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June 12, 2024

Blog | Accountability and Support, Data, Data and Privacy, Digital Divide

How States are Thinking About Social Media and Mental Health

In today’s rapidly changing digital landscape, adolescents are increasingly connected online. With up to 95% of teenagers, and even 40% of children aged 8-12 on social media, this surge in digital participation has sparked concerns regarding its detrimental effects on adolescent mental health among parents and the American Academy of Pediatrics, who have declared a youth mental health crisis.
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June 11, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

Transitioning from Public to School Librarianship

In this podcast, Sarina LaTorre-Sicurella joins Shannon to talk about what it looks like to transition from public to school librarianship.
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June 6, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

Be the Leader You Set Out to Be (with Baruti Kafele)

Meeting students where they are and intentionally addressing their needs is the key to equity and effective teaching, according to Principal Kafele, in Episode 9 of Season 6. He emphasizes the importance of self-reflection and assessing one’s own leadership to continuously improve.
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June 4, 2024

Podcast | Future Ready Schools, Learning Sciences, Librarians

Building and Eco Hub Saving the Planet One Library at a Time

Join Shannon and guest Meggan Ford as they talk about libraries’ crucial role in incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They discuss how Meggan uses her school library to drive change and discuss saving the planet through sustainability and makerspaces.
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May 30, 2024

Podcast | Data, Future Ready Schools, Professional Learning

The Storms Are Coming! Let’s Normalize Them! (with Dr. Donya Ball)

Superintendent Dr. Donya Ball (@SuptDonya) emphasizes the importance of normalizing the “storms” of leadership, building a culture of work-life balance, and fostering curiosity and open-mindedness among educators to overcome challenges and drive positive change.
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