Committing to Progress Through Innovation and Equity
Originally created in 2014, the Future Ready District Pledge offers district superintendents a way to commit to implementing innovative and equitable learning practices across their school system. Taken as the first step of the Future Ready Schools® (FRS) continuous improvement process, the pledge is a critical part of the community-building process.
The pledge is powerful and signals high-level support and dedication to innovation and equity in education. Superintendents who take the pledge are providing a vision for their educators to take risks and delve deeply into the activities and resources provided through FRS participation.
Not only does the pledge provide clarity and purpose, it strengthens the dedication among leadership teams to participate fully and encourages honest and meaningful discussions about gaps in capacity, area by area (or gear by gear). As these conversations evolve, each leader “sees themselves” in the district’s overall plans resulting in high-fidelity implementations with positive impact at the school and classroom levels.
Take the Pledge
- Foster a culture of collaborative leadership. FRS district leadership teams are composed of leaders at all levels who work collaboratively to transform teaching and learning to a more student-centered approach.
- Provide rigorous academic content for all students to build life skills. In an FRS district, curriculum, instruction, and assessments are aligned tightly with and designed to engage students in personalized, technology-empowered, and deeper learning experiences that build life-long learning skills.
- Empower personalized professional learning opportunities. FRS districts strive to provide all educators with access to professional learning experiences that are personal and authentic.
- Help schools and families transition to anytime, anywhere learning. High-quality, high-speed technology and infrastructure within an FRS school district are essential to advancing authentic, learner-centric experiences.
- Rethink the use of space and time. Learner-centric experiences in an FRS district require changes in the way instructional time is allotted and how the learning space is designed.
- Focus on long-term sustainability. In FRS districts, the transition to student-centered, technology-empowered experiences requires strategic short- and long-term budgeting as well as creative leveraging of resources.
- Share and mentor for continuous improvement. FRS districts understand that transformation is a process, not an event. Regardless of where FRS districts fall on the implementation continuum, they work diligently toward a system of continuous improvement districtwide, with emphasis on its lowest-performing schools and student subgroups.