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Are You Future Ready? Energizing the ISTE Standards Through the Future-Ready Framework

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom I

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Director of Educational Technology
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Joan McGettigan is the Director of Instructional Technology for Darien School District in Connecticut. She is an ISTE certified educator, an Apple Distinguished educator and Google certified educator. Dr. McGettigan has worked in both private, parochial and public school environments and her primary interests are curriculum alignment to ISTE standards, robotics, engineering, AR/VR, digital storytelling and accessibility. She believes that learning can be enhanced and elevated through technology in ways that we have yet to dream of or imagine.
Director of Innovation
Future Ready Schools / All4Ed
ISTE Certified Educator
Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has testified before the US Congress and has previously worked alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, and the US Department of Education. Murray serves as a regular conference keynote and is the co-author of ASCD’s best-seller, Learning Transformed. His most recent best seller, Personal & Authentic was published in the fall of 2019. Connect with him at
Assist. Superintendent of Inst. & Curric
Darien Public Schools
Christopher Tranberg (Ph.D.) is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Darien Public Schools in Darien, Connecticut. His experiences as a department, school and district leader have contributed to his passion for collaborative leadership, strategic planning and equitable access to learning. Chris is an active presenter and consultant in the areas of equitable instructional practices, curriculum development, measurement and evaluation, teacher collaboration, and various topics in music education. Chris co-authored First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk, and the upcoming Conversational Solfege with Orff Schulwerk published by GIA Publications.

Session description

Join us to explore collaborative strategies to create a future-ready technology plan aligning to and enhancing district strategic planning efforts. This future-ready plan prioritizes student learning, while recognizing organizational complexities, varying levels of digital fluency, and challenges schools face transitioning to a world of digital discourse.

Purpose & objective

This presentation provides collaborative strategies to create a Future Ready Technology Plan that aligns to and enhances district strategic planning efforts. At the heart of Future Ready Schools® (FRS) and the Interactive Planning Dashboard is the Future Ready Framework, a robust structure for digital learning visioning, planning, and implementation focused on student-centered learning. The research-based framework emphasizes collaborative leadership and creating an innovative school culture. All content focuses on seven key areas (called gears: curriculum, instruction and assessment; personalized professional learning; budget and resources; community partnerships; data and privacy; robust infrastructure; and use of time and space. Each gear or driver is addressed during the comprehensive and collaborative planning process. This framework keeps student learning at the heart of all decision-making.

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1. Introduction to the Future Ready Framework (Use Padlet & Twitter for backchannel Q&A)
2. Collaborative planning process
a. Utilizing the planning dashboard
b. Ensuring all voices represented
c.Embedding the ISTE standards
3. Implementation
a.Operationalizing the framework gears or drivers
b. Setting a timeline
c. Measuring improvement
4. Continuity of improvement cycle
5. How to keep it fresh and relevant
6. Q&A

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Supporting research

Thomas Murray, Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools is an expert in this area as well as an acclaimed author of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today, co-authored with Eric Sheninger and more recently, Personal & Authentic: Designing Learning Experiences that Impact a Lifetime.

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Session specifications

Grade level:
Skill level:
Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Curriculum/district specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
We will use backchannel tools accessible on any devices such as Padlet and Twitter.
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Systems Designer
  • Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.