CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined the national movement for Future Ready Schools as a coalition partner. The Alliance for Excellent Education and U.S. Department of Education are leading the Future Ready Schools effort with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and the vast coalition of national experts. More information about the movement can be found at www.futurereadyschools.org.
Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career and citizenship. Through regional summits and an online leadership network, the effort will provide districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained educators and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.
“School librarians have been on the cutting edge of technology and digital learning since those things have been in existence,” said Terri Grief, AASL president. “Now we can continue our leadership in this field with an exciting partner. School librarians should start conversations about why their school district should join the coalition, as this is a great way to show the school superintendent how we are transforming learning at our school.”
School librarians are strongly encouraged to promote participation in the movement with their school administrators. District administrators can take the Future Ready District pledge online and can also attend a regional summit which will offer district teams time and space to make a thoughtful plan for how technology can be used to improve student learning.
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