The Future Ready Schools initiative (http://futureready.org/), of which FRS-NJ is built upon, is a direct result of the ConnectEd Initiative, which was announced by President Barack Obama in June of 2013. An integral part of this initiative came out of the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed.
Future Ready Schools – New Jersey was launched at the New Jersey School Boards Association’s Workshop 2016.Future Ready Schools – New Jersey (FRS-NJ) is a certification program designed to promote digital learning readiness in schools throughout New Jersey by providing guidance, support, direction, and resources to schools and districts.We now live in a digital age, powered by the perpetual advancement of information technology that connects people, ideas, data, and content in rapidly changing ways. The students of New Jersey are growing up in this era of unprecedented connectivity, and so they must be prepared for a life after school that will demand their intimate knowledge and understanding of the technology and tools they are growing up with. Today’s students will enter the workforce and be challenged by the society and economy of tomorrow to continuously push themselves to ever greater heights using the latest technologies. New Jersey must prepare its students to meet the challenges ahead. We must ensure that our schools provide them with the technology-rich environments that they need in order to become engaged and successful members of a digital society and workforce.
Over the last several years, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) have been working on projects designed to establish a framework for the transformation of classrooms into digitally enhanced environments that facilitate learning using the same tools and technology that our students will experience when they enter the workforce. These three organizations have now joined forces to support teachers in updating their pedagogy and educational practices by promoting their success as models for other schools through the certification of effective digital learning policies and practices. This program is called Future Ready Schools – New Jersey (FRS-NJ).
NJIT, the NJDOE, and NJSBA are not alone in this mission. Organizations across the country, and the world, are working hard to transform how we educate today’s students, thus better preparing them for their future in this digital age. FRS-NJ is garnering the support of state and national departments of education, major technology corporations, national and local educational associations, and numerous other organizations to broaden the impact of FRS-NJ’s efforts and ensure the program’s successFuture ReadyFRNJITFRNJ FacebookFRNJ Twitter