School leaders around the nation have been focusing more on being Future Ready. More than 2,000 superintendents have already signed the Future Ready Pledge. Some have taken advantage of the Free Planning Framework as well. So, what does it mean to be Future Ready?
There are seven points addressed in the connected superintendents’ Future Ready pledge: 1.) Fostering and leading digital learning; 2.) Help schools and families gain access and use broadband Internet connectivity; 3.) Empowering educators through professional development; 4.) Speeding up acquisition and use of quality digital devices; 5.) Providing the best content for those quality digital devices; 6.) Providing the best tools and solutions for families, and students, to achieve higher education and career goals; and 7.) Mentoring other districts in order to help them transition and design for digital learning. While all of those are individually important, together they make a dynamic connection and statement. The bottom line, though, none of it can happen without broadband for all, and the unprecedented working together of districts used to being self-contained, and superintendents used to being on their own. It seems the pledge is a good first step for bringing leaders together with future purpose.
While it is difficult to argue with that proposed and actionable Future Ready list, and the complete summaries, attached to all, of what needs to be done, it does take real commitment, as well as real action beyond a signature to make things happen. Again, the key will be getting all the disparate districts, urban and rural, large and small, to work together, as they’ve never done before—with school leadership working in the same direction—and for the same cause. If those thoughts inspire that action, it will be much more powerful than one meeting at the White House, with only a few invited superintendents from each state represented. It certainly will be newsworthy as the beginning of the true road to education change for now, and the future.
To discover more about Future Ready, as well as find out which superintendents have already taken the pledge, go to Future Ready Pledge. There is also a link there for school leaders, who have not taken the pledge, yet.