Future Ready

The Future Ready Framework

When high quality teaching is infused with the dynamic use of technology, personalized student learning becomes possible. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the Future Ready District Pledge is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve that success and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards a shared vision of preparing students for success in college, career, and citizenship. This roadmap can only be accomplished through a systemic approach to change, as outlined in the Future Ready Framework. With personalized student learning at the center, a district must align each of the seven (7) key categories, or Gears, in order to ensure a successful digital conversion.

The 7 Gears are as follows:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Use of Space and Time
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • Data and Privacy
  • Community Partnerships
  • Personalized Professional Learning
  • Budget and Resources

The outside rings of the framework emphasize the need for collaborative leadership and the cycle of transformation where districts vision, plan, implement, and assess continually. Once a district is strategically staged in each gear, district leaders can be confident that they are ready for a highly successful implementation phase that leads to innovation empowered by digital learning.

The US Department of Education has completed a full research synthesis, entitled "Characteristics of Future Ready Leadership," which supports the various Gears of the Future Ready Framework. The Framework itself was also built upon a myriad of research, which is cited here. Information for each Gear, as well as aligned resources are available on the left hand menu of this page. Definitions for all Gears and Elements as well as a glossary of terms can be downloaded here.

     Click to view the full District Leadership Self-Assessment.



     Click to view a sample district's self-assessment report.

Districts should start with the 5 Step Process when they are ready to begin creating their Future Ready Action Plan and utilize the Future Ready Hub for free, ongoing professional learning opportunities for school leaders!