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Are You Future Ready?

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-Provide an overview of the Future Ready Process
-Share related resources and assessment questions
-Share how this process aligns with concurrent initiatives
-Discuss how this process improves collaboration amongst the
leadership team.

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Are You Future Ready?

  1. 1. Are you Future Ready? • Provide an overview of the Future Ready Process • Share related resources and assessment questions • Share how this process aligns with concurrent initiatives • Discuss how this process improves collaboration amongst leadership @danieldowns @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  2. 2. Future Ready Framework: Systematic Approach To Implementation http://futureready.org/ @danieldowns • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment • Personalized Professional Learning • Robust Infrastructure • Budget and Resources • Community Partnerships • Data and Privacy • Use of Space and Time • Collaborative Leadership @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  3. 3. Future Ready Schools® helps district leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential. We believe every student deserves a rigorous, personalized learning environment filled with caring adults and student agency. District leaders must recognize the potential of digital tools and align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  4. 4. Digging Deeper • An essential component to becoming Future Ready, is making a systemic digital learning plan before purchasing the next round of technology. • 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. • The dashboard aligns research-based strategies and practitioner-tested techniques with each district’s specific needs, allowing school district leaders to create systemic action plans for student-centered, personalized learning before purchasing additional technology—ensuring a much smoother implementation. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  5. 5. The Pledge (3,100 Superintendents) • Fostering and Leading a Culture of Digital Learning Within Our Schools. • Helping Schools and Families Transition to High-speed Connectivity. • Empowering Educators through Professional Learning Opportunities. • Accelerating Progress Toward Universal Access for All Students to Quality Devices. • Providing Access to Quality Digital Content. • Offering Digital Tools to Help Students And Families #ReachHigher. • Mentoring Other Districts and Helping Them Transition to Digital Learning. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  6. 6. Interactive planning dashboard @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  7. 7. Selecting A Team • Internally identifies a "Future Ready Project Manager" who will schedule meetings, send reminders, assign responsibilities, and move the planning process along as the team leader. • It is also recommended that each district has one leadership team, possibly led by the Superintendent, participating in the action planning process. • There is an opportunity to create additional teams, or sub-groups, to gather colleague and stakeholder perceptions later in the planning process, during Step 3. • Superintendent • Assistant Superintendant • Building Principals • Tech Director/CIO • Personalized Learing Director • School Committee Member • Curriculum Leaders @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  8. 8. Self Assessment • Convene your Future Ready Leadership Team and work together to take the District Leadership Self-Assessment. • Ideally you will have one computer connected to a projector so the team can read and discuss each question before one person, presumably the Future Ready Project Manager, submits the answers online on behalf of the group, representing the thoughts of the group. Some districts elect to distribute copies of the self- assessment prior to the meeting to allow team members to think through the questions prior to the team discussion. • Completing the District Leadership Self-Assessment typically takes teams between 2 and 2.5 hours depending on the length of discussion regarding each question. “The District Leadership Self- Assessment be completed by a group that represents a cross- section of the district. It is not intended to be completed by a single person, but to be representative of many voices.” Self Assessment @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  9. 9. Gathering Input From Stakeholders • Identifying who key stakeholders are, and how your team will reach out to gather input through the gear-by-gear assessments. Each of the Gear Level Assessments (GLA) has a unique set of questions that provides a "deeper dive" into each content area; they are not simply segmented sections of the assessment taken in Step 2. • The dashboard offers district teams the ability to create groups of stakeholders that will complete one or more gear assessment. • Using these shorter and deeper assessments, your district can clarify and fine-tune your plan, with an opportunity to include additional stakeholder groups in the planning process. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  10. 10. Create Your Future Ready Action Plan Either as one longer, retreat-like conversation, or broken into several shorter planning sessions, brainstorm and add specific goals that need to be accomplished for your district’s vision to be realized. In the Menu section, select "Begin Action Planning" to begin setting goals. Then, utilize the “Evidence Box” to guide your goal setting conversation by highlighting your district’s readiness levels, as well as the gaps and suggested strategies for your focus gear area(s). Each gear should include at least three goals to support the vision, but could include an unlimited number depending on the scope of each goal and your district's approach to the Future Ready Action Plan. Districts should not try to complete all gear sections simultaneously. Working on too many sections at once, especially for districts with a limited staff, can cause "information paralysis". We recommend that district leadership teams begin this step by focusing on one or two gear areas of their choosing. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  11. 11. Resources Through The Gears • Reviewing The Gears & Resources to support • http://dashboard.futurereadyschools.org/framework/framework- overview @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  12. 12. Address, Assign, Export, and Share! Each gear manager should monitor the gear section for which they were responsible in the "Assign Tasks" section to ensure all of the desired goals and strategies are included. This may include adding new goals or strategies to address the stakeholder input received in Step 3 in meaningful and substantive ways. Each gear manager should fill in the responsibilities, timeline, expected budget, and any pertinent notes for each goal before the plan is complete. The Future Ready Project Manager should meet to with each gear manager to review each gear-specific section of the action plan. As a team, review the action plan in its entirety to identify inconsistencies, missing pieces, or necessary alterations. Sample Report @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  13. 13. Characteristics of Future Ready Leadership: A Research Synthesis https://tech.ed.gov/files/2015/12/Characteristics-of-Future-Ready- Leadership.pdf @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  14. 14. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  15. 15. North Reading’s Takeaways • Specificity of questions for leading our administration around a topic and supports discussion • A comprehensive view for reviewing the buying process for technology in a district • Addresses Personalized learning from district perspective “I can think of a teacher where this happens” • Focus of questions around the gears • Strengthens our strategic planning process and aligns well with “Strategy in Action” Outcomes and Inputs @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  16. 16. Masstrax Surveys http://www.masstrax.net The TRAx by Metiri Group (TRAx) invites TRAx schools to use the TRAx Digital Learning tool to document their readiness and implementation ratings for digital learning. Along the way, schools will use the Digital Learning framework to assist in getting a school ready for digital learning. Stakeholders will gain insight into the school’s digital learning readiness, its digital learning implementation, and the gaps the school currently has that must be closed if they are to use technology efficiently and effectively, in ways that increase their students’ college and career readiness. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  17. 17. Sample Surveys & Analysis Email Out: Dear Parent/Guardian, Our school is participating in a Digital Learning Readiness Report. The TRAx Digital Learning Readiness Report will be based on the responses of individuals in six different roles within the school community – High School Students, Parent/Guardian, Teacher, School Administrator, Information Technology Coordinator, and Educational Technology Coordinator. Student participation in this optional and anonymous survey is extremely important, but if you wish for your child to "opt out" please inform Daniel Downs, Coordinator Of Digital Learning-North Reading Public Schools directly at ddowns@nrpsk12.org by the close of school on Friday 3/10/17. • Sample Surveys @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  18. 18. Additional Supports & Resources • MassTrax Digital Learning Surveys • MAPLE • #GoOpen Initiative • National Ed Tech Plan • Friday Institute Progress Rubric • Future Ready Librarians @danieldowns http://futureready.org/
  19. 19. Questions…….. @danieldowns http://futureready.org/

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