The Future Ready Framework

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

NGLC has just published, through EdSurge, an article that organizes the array of frameworks available to educators interested in pursuing personalized learning. There are useful frameworks highlighted for: defining richer/deeper success for students; understanding what's required in order to implement personalized learning effectively; distinguishing between personalized learning and the many other "learning labels" currently in use; planning a process to move towards personalized learning.

Personalized learning means different things to different people. Visit different schools with different models, and chances are they will all tell you they are using some form of personalized learning. But what does “personalized learning” mean, and how do schools follow in others' footsteps in order to get in the game?

Personalized learning is not simply about differentiating the method or approach of instruction or about individualizing the pace of learning. Personalized learning further seeks to empower the learner to shape what, how, and when they learn, thus engaging them through their explicit and implicit choices. Authentic implementation of personalized learning requires fundamental redesign of the school structure and of the role of teachers.
Friday Institute; Digital Promise; League of Innovative Schools; Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA); Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

This paper discusses in depth each of the ten district conditions for scaling personalized learning, and the alignment between those conditions and state policy levers.

Are we really listening to the voices of those who go through our educational system or are we excluding them from the debate? Classroom teacher and author, Pernille Ripp, discusses how to empower students, give them a voice, and make changes that will directly affect them every day. The time for student empowerment is now, and the myriad of tech tools available are making it easier than ever.
Alliance for Excellent Education

Today’s kids are digital natives, but what’s the best way to help them become empowered, creative and responsible communicators across different media? Discover insights and strategies specific to children ages 5-12 in this guide from an acclaimed media literacy program: Powerful Voices for Kids. Readers will find thought-provoking lesson plans that reach students of all backgrounds and abilities, use of a wide range of technology tools, including the Internet, video, and mobile apps, combined with an emphasis on online safety and development of essential critical thinking skills, and materials for teacher professional development.
Renee Hobbs

This report is a synthesis of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest with the support of peers and caring adults, and is able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement.
Digital Media & Learning Research Hub

SETDA expands upon the 2015 Navigating the Digital Shift report with a focus on living and learning in the digital age. In this second publication, stakeholders will learn about states’ guidance and policies around the implementation of digital instructional materials, as well as best practices.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

SETDA’s paper Technology Readiness for College and Career Ready Teaching, Learning, and Assessment provides specific numbers and rationales for budgetary recommendations related to implementing online assessments.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

SETDA commissioned Netcraft, a highly-regarded internet services company, to conduct an independent technical analysis of each of these tools, including their strengths and weaknesses, followed by observations based on measured data. The analysis concludes by offering recommendations on how best to use each of the tools to inform decision-making by education leaders and policymakers.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)