Posted by Christy Williams on November 17th, 2016
Digital has been defined as the way of the future. In response to the growing presence of digital, the educational field has introduced the concept of being Future Ready. Future Ready is defined as an effort to increase digital learning opportunities so that students are better prepared for college, careers and citizenship.
As the Future Ready concept expands, more opportunities for engagement exist. Future Ready Schools® (FRS) is a special project focused on helping schools obtain Future Ready status. The program focuses on planning and implementing plans for digital learning strategies. In order to educate and support educational institutions, FRS is partnering with the U.S. Department of Education to offer regional summits and workshops.
The summits are in-person opportunities for leaders and district teams to come together and plan for Future Ready Implementation. Free to district teams, the regional events are guided by Future Ready facilitators. Teams of no more than four, including the required Superintendent, evaluate their district’s current readiness levels, participate in sessions and discuss their plans in group settings.
Detailed objectives for the summits include defining Future Ready characteristics, developing action plans for creating a Future Ready School, connecting with other regional leaders and experts, and gaining support for the continuous work of Future Ready Schools.
The remaining 2016 regional summits are scheduled as follows:
- Boston, MA: November 14 – 15, 2016
- Kansas City, KA: November 29 – 30, 2016
The 2017 summits will kick off in Newark, NJ January 11 – 12, 2017. Previous and upcoming summit locations can be accessed via the FRS website.
FRS workshops are designed for project managers for Future Ready efforts. The workshops are one-day trainings introducing the Future Ready dashboard and providing suggestions on engaging other district team members in the achievement of Future Ready goals. Like the summits, objectives for the workshops are clearly defined for participants. Upcoming workshops are scheduled for November 1, 2016 (Washington, DC) and November, 3, 2016 (Peoria, IL). Previous workshops have been held in California, Kentucky and Utah.
Through workshops and regional summits, FRS is making Future Ready preparation a reality around the country. Programs designed for leaders and teams offer a foundation for planning and implementing Future Ready standards through dialogue and access to experts in the field. As concepts are carried back to districts, students are exposed to more Future Ready digital opportunities. The result is learners that are prepared to successfully face digital challenges at the next levels: college, career and life.