The Mission of FRS-NJ
We exist in an information age, powered by new technology connecting people, ideas, data, and content in rapidly-changing ways. As we work to prepare New Jersey’s students for this world, we must ensure our schools provide them with the technology-rich environments they need in order to be engaged and successful members of a digital society and workforce.
To achieve this, New Jersey’s schools need to establish a culture of digital innovation, where educators are empowered to deepen and extend student learning through the use of technology, digital content, and media That is why FRS-NJ was established.
FRS-NJ is a certification program designed to promote transformative change in schools and districts throughout New Jersey. Whether they are public, private, or charter, FRS-NJ provides the guidance, support, direction, and resources schools need to achieve FRS-NJ goals, while fostering inclusive collaboration within schools and districts, and between them throughout the state.
The program was developed by a coalition of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is based on the work of the national Future Ready Schools initiative, and the structure and success of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program.
FRS-NJ was created by FRS-NJ task forces, made up of hundreds of educators, leaders, and stakeholders, who dedicate their time and expertise to create the New Jersey Indicators of Future Readiness. These indicators help guide schools and districts towards future readiness by providing them with the knowledge of what successful practices look like. At the same time, they provide guidance, support, and connections to resources that can help them achieve success.
The FRS-NJ Indicators are the foundation of the certification program. They are organized into three overarching themes: Leadership; Education and Classroom Practice; and Technology Support and Services.