The Commitment Phase
The District Commitment Phase ensures that district leadership and staff are dedicated to supporting their school’s efforts, and that these efforts are collaborative. Once a district is committed, schools in the district can declare their participation and apply for certification. To become a committed district, the superintendent first signs the national Future Ready Pledge. The board of education then passes a board resolution that establishes the District-Level Future Ready Team and officially declares the district’s commitment to supporting its schools’ Future Ready efforts.
The district’s Future Ready team should be inclusive and collaborative, and consist of members including at least one board member, the superintendent, the technology director or other IT personnel, a librarian/media specialist, a student representative, and other dedicated leaders and educators. The district then conducts a self-assessment to establish an understanding of where they stand with regard to the Future Ready Framework, and submits a pre-application to FRS-NJ to declare their commitment. District commitment can be declared at any time on a rolling basis.
Step I: Sign the Future Ready Pledge to begin the process of committing your district to support your schools' #FutureReady initiatives.
Step II: Enact the Board Resolution to declare your district leadership's commitment to supporting your schools' #FutureReady efforts.
Step III: Establish the District-Level Future Ready Team to begin district-wide collaboration efforts to plan and implement Future Ready initiatives and ensure that each school's needs are represented and supported. District-level teams should include the following members:
A board of education member
A technology director or IT personnel
School and district leaders, as well as educators, who are dedicated to the success of the district's Future Ready efforts
The lead chair from each school's Future Ready team (once they are established)
A librarian/media specialist
A student representative
Step IV: Conduct a District Self-Assessment to discover your district's strengths and needs within the context of the national Future Ready framework. This is an optional step, but will help your district and schools' Future Ready team create action plans for certification that will best address each school's specific needs and capacity. We provide a link to the national Future Ready District Assessment, but you may use another self-assessment mechanism if you wish.
Step V: Submit the Commitment Pre-Application to officially enter the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Certification Program and be recognized as a district that is committed to becoming #FutureReady and supporting its schools and educators' Future Ready initiatives. Once a district is committed, its schools can begin applying for certification!
** FRS-NJ is transitioning to a new program administrator and the website is in the process of being updates. At this time, we are unable to accept District Commitment Pre-Application Forms. We expect to resume accepting these forms by November 8.
Major changes in the indicators are not anticipated for the 2020 Future Ready Schools program year. Information regarding the 2020 application cycle will be announced in the near future.
Which Districts Are Committed?