Future Ready, a new initiative announced by President Barack Obama in November 2014, is an effort to help school district leaders improve teaching and student learning with technology. The initiative, a joint project of the Dept. of Ed. and the Alliance for Excellent Education and a coalition of others, provides districts with free resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices. To learn more about the initiative, see the website www.FutureReadySchools.org.
At the center of this initiative is a series of regional events in which district teams will develop action plans and metrics to measure progress in using digital tools to improve teaching and student outcomes. Read the announcement of the summits here: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-education-department-announces-future-ready-regional-summits. The summits are open to district leadership teams on a first-come basis from districts in which the superintendent has signed the Future Ready District Pledge. Already, more than 1,300 district superintendents nationwide have taken the pledge. A summit is scheduled for April 13–14 in Phoenix, so if you’re interested, talk to your superintendent about signing the pledge