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What is the Future Ready Initiative?

Future Ready is a bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The initiative will provide districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. Phase I of the Future Ready initiative was a series of regional summits that focused on a comprehensive set of issues that drive student learning and will offer district leaders tangible ways to build capacity throughout their districts.

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education are leading this effort with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and other partners.

As our main call to action, we’re asking superintendents to take the Future Ready District Pledge, a commitment to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready.

Future Ready Schools New Hampshire seeks to help superintendents, schools, faculty, students, and community members make their Future Ready Commitment a reality by providing resources, professional development, and examples of Future Ready teaching and learning in New Hampshire.

Student Learning: Future Ready Vision

Digital learning is defined as "the strengthening, broadening, and/or deepening of students’ learning through the effective use of technology." Digital learning can serve as a vehicle to individualize and personalize learning, ensuring that all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career. While each district’s vision is unique, many include similar characteristics described by the Future Ready vision.




Future Ready Framework

Technology now enables personalized digital learning for every student in the nation. The Future Ready District Pledge, according to the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve that success and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards a shared vision of preparing students for success in college, careers and citizenship. This roadmap can only be accomplished through a systemic approach to change, as outlined in the graphic below. With student learning at the center, a district must align each of the seven (7) key categories, called gears, plus leadership, in order to implement and sustain successful digital learning.

Future Ready Framework

Future Ready Framework

The 7 Gears are as follows:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Professional Learning
  • Technology, Networks, and Hardware
  • Data and Privacy
  • Community Partnerships
  • Budget and Resources
  • Use of Time

The outside rings of the framework image emphasize the importance of empowered leadership and the cycle of transformation where districts vision, plan, implement and assess continually. Once a district is strategically staged in each gear, district leaders can be confident that they are ready for a highly successful implementation phase that leads to innovation through digital learning.

 

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NH Future Ready Pledges

The Future Ready Schools Dashboard
An essential component to becoming Future Ready, is making a systemic digital learning plan before purchasing the next round of technology. The Interactive Planning Dashboard offers districts a 5 step collaborative planning process. Upon completion, districts have created a digital learning implementation plan, full of research-based strategies, including stakeholder input, local context, and district team leadership responsibilities. A full research synthesis, developed by the US Department of Education, provides ongoing support to district and leadership teams who take the Future Ready Pledge.

The New Hampshire Committment
The following New Hampshire Schools have taken the pledge to become Future Ready. Congratulations on taking the first step to creating the Future Ready Schools Initiative in New Hampshire.

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Professional Development

NH e-Learning for Educators
NH ElfEA program of the New Hampshire Department of Education offers online professional development facilitated courses and self-paced tutorials through OPEN NH. The program also offers opportunities for training in facilitation and online and hybrid development. Special registration rates for District cohorts are available.

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Online Professional Development Program
Visit the website for details on courses and tutorials.

Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference
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New England's largest technology in education conference includes nearly 200 concurrent sessions focusing on the use of technology in all aspects of education. Approximately 125 exhibitors from across the country will showcase their latest products and services. This three-day event is sponsored by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association and the New Hampshire Affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education. Visit the Christa MCAuliffe Technology Conference website for details.

Resources for Future Ready Leaders
Professional Learning Resources for Future Ready Leaders is designed to expand the capacity of district superintendents and their district leadership teams to effectively lead the transition to digital learning. Resources include a rubric based on a systematic review of research and personalized video playlists for district leaders that highlight exemplary, peer-based stories and practices drawn from eight Future Ready districts. There is a full playlist of videos available on the Office Educational Technology's You Tube Channel.

Alliance for Excellent Education Future Ready
The Alliance for Excellent Education has launched a new Future Ready website which will feature a one-stop resource center for ongoing professional learning opportunities including partner events, workshops, online chats, mentoring and topic conversations all aligned to the Future Ready Framework.

Future Ready Initiatives
The Future Ready Statewide Initiatives launched across the country are designed to capture and harness the momentum of the national effort. Each state will create statewide communication strategies to support districts in using free Future Ready tools.

 

 

 

 

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Future Ready Partners
The following organizations are committed to support and grow the Future Ready Initative in New Hampshire and the nation.

National Educational Techology Plan
National Ed Tech PlanThe National Educational Technology Plan outlines a broad vision for how technology should be used and integrated into our schools in order to leverage technology to enable and drive innovation that produces future ready teaching and learning. Consider these broad goals for learning enabled by technology when developing your own goals for your technology planning.

Digital Opportunity Consortium
DigitalOpportunityForAll.orgThe Digital Opportunity Consortium is powered entirely by volunteers. Our aim is to close the digital divide at home for the nation's low-income schoolchildren and their families. We also helpeducators and those who prepare future educators and school leaders to learn about essential technology resources, how to use them in teaching and learning, and how to ensure all students enjoy full access to them. We partner with communities, states, professional associations, companies, schools and preparation programs to provide digital access at home at the lowest possible cost to the most essential learning technology resources including broadband, computing devices, educational content across the PreK-12 curriculum, ongoing tech support, and low-interest financing even for families with poor or no credit.

Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day is about giving every child the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and career. We urge you to make a difference in America's schools and take the pledge to support the effective use of digital learning.

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Last updated June 29, 2016