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 board of education first passes a board resolution that establishes the District-Level FRS-NJ Team and officially declares the district’s commitment to supporting its schools’ FRS-NJ efforts.
The district’s FRS-NJ team should be inclusive and collaborative, and consist of 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. A district interested in encouraging its schools to pursue certification should follow the steps outlined below. The district then conducts a self-assessment to establish an understanding of where they stand with regard to the FRS-NJ framework and the follto FRS-NJ to declare their commitment. District commitment can be declared at any time on a rolling basis. Click here to view a list of FRS-NJ committed districts.
Step I: Enact the Board Resolution to declare your district leadership's commitment to supporting your schools' FRS-NJ efforts. 
Step II: Establish the District-Level FRS-NJ Team to begin district-wide collaboration efforts to plan and implement FRS-NJ 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
  • The superintendent
  • A technology director or IT personnel
  • School and district leaders, as well as educators, who are dedicated to the success of the district's FRS-NJ efforts
  • The lead chair from each school's FRS-NJ team (once they are established)
  • A librarian/media specialist
  • A student representative
Step III: Conduct a District Self-Assessment to discover your district's strengths and needs within the context of the national Future Ready Schools framework. This is an optional step but will help your district and schools' team create action plans for certification that will best address each school's specific needs and capacity. Below is the link to a national district assessment tool, but you may use another self-assessment mechanism if you wish.
Step IV: Submit a District Commitment Form to officially register for the FRS-NJ Certification Program and be recognized as a district that is committed to supporting its schools and educators' FRS-NJ initiatives. 
The next FRS-NJ certification application cycle will be announced in January.