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Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Choosing the Path of Positive Change: Becoming "Future Ready"

Location: W186b

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Tuesday, June 26, 10:45–11:45 am
Location: W186b

Traci Johnson   Joe Sornberger  
At ROWVA, we were ready to dismiss the status quo and move toward innovative changes for our students. Becoming a Future Ready district helped us develop a plan and has transformed our district. We'll outline how Future Ready can help you implement short and long-range plans for your district.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Leadership
Topic: Educational policy and leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Lead purposeful change to maximize the achievement of learning goals through the appropriate use of technology and media-rich resources.
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is twofold: first, we’ll provide participants with “right now” changes they can make in their district to improve communication, professional development, curriculum, and technology use. We’ll discuss telling your story through social media, creating personalized PD for teachers, using Deeper Learning as a curriculum tool to provide a common vocabulary for K-12, and using technology to ENHANCE learning. We understand that small takeaways can sometimes be more manageable and just as exciting as starting a new initiative. That’s why we’ll start with these “right now” changes that participants can start doing as soon as they get back to their districts.
Then, we’ll walk the participants through the Future Ready process. The five-step process begins with taking a district self-assessment and then supplies districts with research-based strategies to address the weaknesses from the data. Our goal is for participants to be able to go back to their districts and begin the Future Ready process right away. Future Ready has been a game changer for our district, and we want others to share in this FREE resource to guide them to lasting, impactful change.


Our Story - 30 minutes - Process: presentation with video and picture examples. For each gear we have started (Curriculum, Space and Time, Community Partnerships, Personalized Professional Learning), we will cover right-now changes and long-term goals.

Future Ready Framework Demonstration - 20 minutes - Process: Participants will see a dashboard demo and get hands-on experience setting goals using the framework.

Q&A-10 minutes

Supporting research

Future Ready.org: the website explains the framework and its relevance to the educational world.
Below is background information from the site:
The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. In 2015, the Alliance created a separate project under its umbrella called Future Ready Schools (FRS) to help school districts develop comprehensive plans to achieve successful student learning outcomes by (1) transforming instructional pedagogy and practice while (2) simultaneously leveraging technology to personalize learning in the classroom. Future Ready Schools is a registered trademark of the Alliance for Excellent Education.
The Alliance, partnering with the U.S. Department of Education and supported by the LEAD Commission, hosted 13 regional summits across the country between January 2015 and August 2015. The summits were incredibly popular, serving 463 districts and more than 2,200 education leaders representing over 4 million students. As the initial wave of FRS summits concluded, the demand for more summits and additional Future Ready activities was evident. There was a need to address the real and immediate needs of district leaders with ongoing, consistent, job-embedded support as they encountered the challenges of a digital transition. In 2016, Phase 2 brought an additional six summits and five workshops focused on the Future Ready Dashboard. Phase 3 in 2017 resulted in Future Ready being its own unique project within the Alliance offering ongoing professional development through institutes, statewide programs, dashboard trainings, constant online programming (webinars and blogs) through the Hub, leadership at regional conferences, as well as customized consulting services.
From FRS’s onset in 2014, the Alliance led the effort, and is now the official owner of the FRS trademark and all assets associated with the initiative. The key components that provide necessary services from inception to implementation to supporting districts in planning their digital transition are:
Hub: As new experts and potential mentors are identified, thousands of district leaders are benefiting from conference connections, webinars, how-to videos, partner resource clearinghouse, and other supports offered though the FRS Hub.
Interactive Planning Dashboard: Continuously expanding and improving, this free tool provides districts with the guidance to effectively plan a digital transition. It offers a digital readiness self-assessment tool as well as a five-step process to identify gaps, set goals, and select practitioner-based strategies to be included in a Future Ready action plan.
Institutes and In-Person Events: FRS’s in-person events provide district leaders with many opportunities to learn, share, and network about promising practices in personalized learning implementation.
State Leadership: A groundswell of enthusiasm for statewide programs has prompted FRS to deepen its bench to support state leaders who are planning state-level programming to support districts, especially in their Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans.
Strong Partnerships: FRS continues to nurture and expand strong relationships with more than sixty national and regional education groups that support the initiative with resources and expertise.

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Traci Johnson, ROWVA High School

This is my 9th year teaching high school English. I have an M.A. in English, and I am a Google Certified Educator Level 2. I am also the district social media director and the project manager for our district's Future Ready Plan. My motto? "Down with status quo!" I have a passion for innovation and love trying to find ways to make small and large changes that will have a positive impact on our students.

Joe Sornberger, ROWVA 208

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