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Emerging Practices Guides

The Emerging Practices Guides are a comprehensive resource for school and district leaders preparing for the future of education. In a rapidly evolving world, it is crucial for educational institutions to adapt and embrace innovative practices that ensure the success of all students in their post-secondary education and careers. 

These guides are designed to provide “just in time” solutions to the most pressing questions that school and district leaders face as they plan personalized instruction and navigate the ever-changing education landscape. They offer deep insights into critical issues and evidence-based emerging practices, showcasing the possibilities for innovation within the Future Ready Framework. 

With a focus on fostering collaborative leadership and building a positive culture that supports innovation, the guides also provide attainable progress steps for school and district leaders. By incorporating these steps into their practices, leaders can cultivate a climate of continuous improvement and facilitate the transformation of their educational systems. 

In addition to highlighting emerging practices, the guides also address the need for critical training and resources on innovation, excellence, and equity in system redesign. They equip educational leaders with the knowledge and tools necessary to drive positive change in their schools and districts, ensuring that all students have equal opportunities to thrive. 

The Guides are your go-to resource for staying ahead in education. Embrace the possibilities for innovation, collaborate with like-minded leaders, and create a future-ready educational environment that prepares students for college and workforce success. 

Leveraging Career Pathways to Maximize Student Opportunities

In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of career pathways for student success. As the world of work continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly important for students to have a clear understanding of their career goals, along with the skills and knowledge they need to achieve them. To address this need, many schools are developing career pathways that provide students with a roadmap to success in their chosen field.

Ensuring Equity, Access, and Inclusion for All

The persistent inequities of education highlight the need to address disparities in access to resources, support for high-quality experiences, especially among our most vulnerable and underserved students and communities. School and district leaders often face obstacles due to traditional structures and mindsets that uphold and cling to the status quo. On a regular basis, they must assess policies, programs, and opportunities objectively through an equity-focused perspective. This guide is intended to help school and district leaders integrate equity into their processes, policies, and decision-making.

Balancing Access, Safety, and Cybersecurity

As K-12 school systems integrate technology into education, the cybersecurity of these systems becomes crucial. With the digitization of sensitive data, such as personal information and academic records, schools must prioritize cybersecurity to prevent data breaches, which can lead to identity theft, reputational damage, and legal issues. Moreover, cyberattacks can disrupt educational processes by targeting networks and systems, imposing both educational and financial setbacks.

Demystifying Artificial Intelligence (AI) for K-12

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not a new concept, however, the recent proliferation of generative AI tools across society has a significant impact on teaching and learning. This rapid increase in AI tools has caused schools and districts to make decisions about restricting or allowing the use of these tools in their schools, often without fully understanding the solution.

Everyday SEL Practices

Amidst the pandemic’s challenges, social-emotional learning (SEL) has remained a top priority for educators, offering benefits like holistic development and improved academic performance. Successful SEL implementation involves recognizing its simplicity and universality, with the aim of nurturing the needs of students, staff, and families within a learning community, fostering a future-ready school culture.