Future Ready Schools Overview
Future Ready Schools is a free, bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. This effort comes at a critical time as districts embrace college and career readiness as the goal for all students and recognize the potential of digital tools to help teachers personalize learning for each student. While less than 30 percent of U.S. schools have the bandwidth they need to teach using today’s technology, federal and state efforts are expanding this capacity to ensure that at least 99 percent of the nation’s students have access to high-speed internet in their schools within the next five years. Such connectivity, along with strategic planning by districts to maximize its availability, has the potential to transform the educational experiences of all students, regardless of their background.
District leaders must respond to these changes with thoughtful planning to align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning. The effort provides 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 under-served communities. The Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education are leading this effort alongside a vast coalition of national organizations. Future Ready Schools can be found at www.futureready.org. Districts can download the Future Ready Schools fact sheet here.
Future Ready Pledge
The Future Ready District Pledge, according to the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve transformation 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. On November 19, 2014, Indiana was represented at the White House by 8 superintendents who were invited to Washington D.C. to be among the first to sign the pledge. A year later, our state claims nearly 10 times that many superintendents committed to being Future Ready. To see if your superintendent has signed the pledge, click here.
Future Ready Schools Framework and Dashboard
Future Ready is committed to supporting superintendents and their leadership teams with new professional development tools and digital learning resources to help districts transform teaching and learning using the power of technology to help drive continuous improvement. The Alliance for Excellent Education has developed a framework and interactive dashboard to guide that work.
The Future Ready Framework provides the roadmap for a successful digital transformation. 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.
The Future Ready Schools Interactive Planning Dashboard is a free, online tool to help district leadership teams plan systemically to use technology effectively to engage students, empower teachers, and improve learning outcomes. Through the dashboard, district leaders assess their digital readiness levels, identify gaps, obtain strategies, action plan and track their progress over time. Districts can download more information about the Dashboard, here.
Future Ready Indiana
The Hoosier state is known for much more than race cars and corn fields. Indiana is now recognized as a leader in the transformation to teaching and learning in the digital age. Our great flyover state has been racing down the digital learning path since the passing of the 2009 legislation that permitted districts to forego traditional textbook adoption in order to incorporate more digital learning opportunities for students. The Indiana Department of Education’s Office of eLearning supports Indiana districts through a multitude of programs that aid not only the districts who are just starting an eLearning program, but also those that are paving the way and breaking open the box to think beyond the traditional education system to one where time and space do not inhibit learning. Indiana educators recognize the value of digital learning and, with support and time, it’s our goal that digital learning will no longer be a state or district initiative; rather, it will simply be a natural component of learning. The following are state programs and professional learning opportunities offered by the IDOE’s Office of eLearning to promote digital learning to enhance student growth, achievement, and digital literacy. They align seamlessly with the Future Ready Schools’ goals and gears.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment:
Personalized Professional Learning:
- Summer of eLearning Conferences
- Social Media: Twitter Chat; book club; online communities of practice
Technology and Infrastructure:
- State conferences: HECC, ICE, EdTech Summits, eLearning Coach edCamp
- Digital Citizenship Certification through Common Sense
Budget and Resources:
Use of Time and Space: