Kicked off by a Superintendent Summit at the White House in November 2014 and subsequent nationwide regional summits, school districts from around the nation have pledged to become "future ready." Come learn what it takes for schools to prepare students for a future that has yet to be defined.
Purpose & objective
Read the news and one will see horror stories of failed attempts at technology integration and the countless dollars spent in a failed initiative. Simultaneously, walk into an average US classroom, and many times it mirrors the same learning space of 100 years ago. Yet, today, a perfect storm is brewing. Standards are higher than ever before, budgets are shrinking, educational technologies have made personalized learning an attainable reality while their prices have dropped, and many districts are purchasing large quantities of technology with little vision or plan of implementation. Without a systemic plan of implementation, instructional pedagogy will not shift and a teacher-centric environment will remain. However, when done right, teachers can personalize the learning and at the district and school level, prepare their students to become Future Ready. It's time that districts properly assess their own needs, rely on dynamic research, and develop methods to plan before they buy. Future Ready will help districts shift school culture and prepare students for their tomorrow, not our past.
Kicking off with a launch at the White House in November of 2014, and beginning with regional workshops in the winter of 2015, thousands of school districts will be entrenched in Future Ready, leading up to ISTE 2015. This panel will use the leaders of this US DOE effort to discuss the digital transformation and systemic culture change needed in our schools and how to get there moving forward.
The Future Ready effort and the content of this panel, will focus on digital learning's impact and need for a plan in the following areas:
- Community Partnerships
- Budget and Resources
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Professional Learning
- Use of Time
- Data and Privacy
- Technology, Networks, and Hardware
Based on the work of the Alliance for Excellent Education (Project 24), ISTE Standards, and the work of CoSN, Common Sense Media, etc., this panel discussion will get to the heart of what matters most in transforming districts into ones that are Future Ready.
Participants will leave the panel discussion with:
- An understanding of the need to transform our schools
- A framework of a future ready school district
- Resources for school leaders on district transformation
- An understanding of how to take part in Future Ready
- The ability to ask questions to some of our nation's thought leaders on the topic.
Future Ready was developed by the US Department of Education, and is being run by a vast coalition of organizations including the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Promise, Common Sense Media, Education SuperHighway, with supports from ISTE, CoSN, and many others. Together, they will focus on the following, which will also serve as the outline of this panel discussion.
The Need for Transformation (5 Min)
The Call to Be Future Ready (5 Min)
The Future Ready Pledge and Superintendent Summit (5 Min)
The US Regional Summits on Future Ready (5 Min)
Preparing Districts to be Future Ready (25 Min)
Resources and Professional Learning Opportunities (5 Min)
Audience Questions (10 Min)
Participants will have the opportunity to interact with these four educational leaders through questions and discussion that will wrap up the session.
Note: **With the listed panelists and the huge national interest in future ready, it may want to be considered as some type of keynote during ISTE 2015.
US Department of Education Future Ready Pledge:
Alliance for Excellent Education:
Project 24: www.plan4progress.org
Digital Learning Day: www.digitallearningday.org
Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students Learning - Dr. Linda Darling Hammond:
Common Sense Media: www.commonsensemedia.com/educators
Disrupting Class (Michael Horn)