Bronze Tier School Certification

Bronze Tier certification is the first step in a school's Future Ready Journey. School Future Ready teams, supported by their district teams, self-assess where they are in the indicators and submit this self-assessment for review and feedback from the Awards Committee. Bronze Tier certifications last for 3 years, unless superseded by successful higher certifications.

Bronze Level Certification Requirements (2019)

Step 1: Identify the Indicators that schools can strive to achieve success in and submit for credit towards being certified as #FutureReady. Each Future Ready Schools - NJ Theme has identified a minimum number of points that should be successfully achieved to be considered for FRS-NJ Certification by the Awards Committee. Use the Indicator Tracking Sheet to track your progress in each theme and indicator. The tracking sheet will be used for school certification submission as well.
Step 2: Prepare a School Narrative
Please prepare a brief narrative (up to 2 pages) answering the following questions and contextualizing your Indicator evidence submissions and your school’s Future Ready journey (submitted as a document link):
  1. In each of the three themes, what are your school's major strengths and growth areas for best preparing your students for success in college, career, and citizenship in the digital age?
  2. How does the evidence provided by this school show that its leadership (school and district levels included) is collaborative and inclusive of all educational stakeholders (leadership, administrative, teachers, support staff, parents, and community)?
    • Provide at least two pieces of evidence via hyperlinks in your narrative submission
  3. How does the evidence provided by this school show that it is effectively and strategically integrating technology throughout the school's teaching and learning instructional practices, while providing 24/7 access that supports individual and collaborative learning for its students and educators?
    • Provide at least two pieces of evidence via hyperlinks in your narrative submission
  4. How does the evidence provided by this school show that its technology infrastructure and support enables educators to successfully prepare students to be Future Ready?
    • Provide at least two pieces of evidence via hyperlinks in your narrative submission
  5. How does what you have achieved and submitted thus far in your Future Ready journey demonstrate that your school has a foundation for Future Readiness?
    • Provide at least two pieces of evidence via hyperlinks in your narrative submission
Step 3: Ensure that your Indicator submissions meet the following requirements:
  1. You are submitting at least 160 points in total
  2. You are submitting at least 45 points in the Leadership theme
  3. You are submitting at least 45 points in the Education and Classroom Practice theme
  4. You are submitting at least 45 points in the Technology Support and Services theme
  5. You are submitting all Priority 1 indicators at an "Achieving" level or higher
  6. That the indicator tracking sheet is in the proper format, meaning:
    • All evidence links are set to anyone with the link can view, including links to the School Narrative
    • The tracking sheets are not reformatted by adding columns, rows, or additional sections not provided in the template
    • The tracking sheet is the document provided and owned by FRS-NJ directly and isn't a copy or outdated document
Step 4: Submit evidence and other submission requirements to the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey team between February 28th and June 30th for review and feedback.

Certification Documents and Tools

Indicator Tracking Sheet

Click the icon for the 2019 Indicator Tracking Sheet, which you can make a copy of for your school's use and submission.

Certification Submission

Use the icon below between Feb. 28 & June 30 to submit your school's certification application for review.

Awards Committee

Learn more about how you can #GetInvolved in the Awards Committee, which is a fantastic PD community experience!