Silver District Distinction

Over the last three years, schools and districts across New Jersey have been breaking down silos to collaborate with and support each other through the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey certification program. As we continue to develop the coming Gold Tier district certification, we want to recognize those districts that have achieved Silver Tier certification in all of their schools and have proven themselves dedicated to sharing their success with, and supporting the Future Ready efforts of their peers statewide. Thus, FRS-NJ is introducing the Silver District Distinction for the 2019 certification cycle to recognize the critical role that is played by certified schools and districts in sharing their success with the New Jersey educational community so that others may follow in their footsteps.
The below requirements will be featured in the Gold Tier District Certification when it is released and districts that are awarded this distinction will be well on their way to meeting the requirements of the coming certification.

Silver Distinction Requirements (2019)

Step 1: All district schools received Silver Tier Certification in 2018
Step 2: Ensure you meet the "Community Leadership and Service" requirements:
  1. The district has at least one member from each school actively participating on the 2019 Awards Committee

  2. Each certified school provided at least one Certified School Exemplar submission based on their 2018 Silver Tier certification experience

  3. The district is actively collaborating with other districts to support and mentor them through the Bronze tier certification process

  4. The district is celebrating the educators, leaders, and stakeholders who have made their schools’ FRS-NJ success a possibility

  5. The district is actively communicating their successful implementation of the Future Ready practices highlighted in the FRS-NJ Indicators of Future Readiness both within the district and externally to the NJ educational community via the following mechanisms:

    1. Presentations on their FRS-NJ experience and outcomes at various statewide professional events

    2. Social media using the hashtag #FutureReadyNJ

    3. Inviting and opening their doors to educators and leaders to see first-hand how the district achieved their FRS-NJ success

Step 3: Submit evidence and other submission requirements to the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey team between February 22nd and June 30th for review and feedback.

Evidence to be Submitted by Requirement

All district schools have received Silver Tier Certification in 2018

  • 2018 FRS-NJ Certification Results Report for all district schools

The district has at least one member from each school actively participating on the 2019 Awards Committee

  • Awards Committee Registration Receipt (sent upon submission to join the committee)

Each certified school provided at least one Certified School Exemplar submission based on their 2018 Silver Tier certification experience

  • 2018 Certified School Exemplar Receipt (sent upon submission of exemplars) for each school

The district is actively collaborating with other districts to support and mentor them through the Bronze tier certification process

  • What districts are you collaborating with?

  • Who in these districts are you directly collaborating with?

  • What is the substance of your collaborations?

  • Other supporting evidence as is appropriate

The district is celebrating the educators, leaders, and stakeholders who have made their schools’ FRS-NJ success a possibility

  • ​Evidence for this requirement is flexible, but must show how the district is achieving this requirement

The district is actively communicating their successful implementation of the Future Ready practices highlighted in the FRS-NJ Indicators of Future Readiness both within the district and externally to the NJ educational community via the following mechanisms:

 

  1. Presentations on their FRS-NJ experience and outcomes at various statewide professional events

    • Session Descriptions

    • Session Slides

    • Session Confirmation from the event organizer

  2. Social media using the hashtag #FutureReadyNJ

    • What social platforms does the district have a presence on? Please provide the account handles with links

    • Is there a district hashtag, and if so what is it?

    • Direct links to examples of posts made on each platform in use

  3. Inviting and opening their doors to educators and leaders to see first-hand how the district achieved their FRS-NJ success

    • Who has visited your district?

    • What was the agenda for these visits?

    • Are there social media posts or pictures from these visits?

    • Other evidence that shows that this requirement is met

  4. Other mechanisms and opportunities that show the district is actively communicating their successful implementation of the Future Ready practices highlighted in the FRS-NJ Indicators of Future Readiness both within the district and externally to the NJ educational community

    • Evidence can vary as the district sees fit

    • This section is optional and serves as a means to showcase additional means of meeting this requirement that are not provided in the above sub-requirements

Distinction Documents and Tools

Distinction 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 and a requirement for the distinction.