Silver Tier School Certification

Silver Tier Certification builds off of a school's Bronze Tier experience by empowering schools, and their districts, to take what they learned from their Tier 1 experience to figure out where they want to be and how they want to get there. Silver Tier certifications last for 3 years.

Silver Level Certification Requirements (2019)

Step 1: Your school has achieved Bronze level certification within the last three certification cycles
Step 2: You have updated your Indicator Tracking sheet to reflect changes and growth since your previous certification
Step 3: Create and submit your Future Ready Schools - NJ video
Please create a short video that is accessible via a link that meets the following requirements:
  1. Length: 3-5 minutes
  2. Must incorporate various stakeholders including students, teachers, board members, school administrators and leaders, and other stakeholders
  3. Focus on your school's "Future Ready Why" and showcase some of your initiatives and methods that make your school “Future Ready”
  4. Answer the following questions as a component of your video’s narrative:
    • What is the current state your school’s digital learning environment?
    • How do you plan to grow and progress based on your Bronze and Silver Tier experiences?
    • What were the major lessons that your school learned by going through the process of self-assessment and certification?
  5. The video must be designed for dissemination (and disseminated) to your community and stakeholders as well as for FRS-NJ certification
  6. The video format is flexible so long as it is accessible via a link
Step 4: Ensure that your Indicator submissions meet the following requirements:
  1. You are submitting at least 215 points in total
  2. You are submitting at least 65 points in the Leadership theme
  3. You are submitting at least 65 points in the Education and Classroom Practice theme
  4. You are submitting at least 65 points in the Technology Support and Services theme
  5. You are submitting all Priority 1 and 2 indicators at an "Achieving" level or higher
  6. You are submitting at least one Priority 1 indicator in each theme at the "Exemplar" level
  7. 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 Video
    • 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 5: Ensure you meet the "Community Leadership and Service" requirements:
  1. At least one district representative is actively participating on the 2019 Awards Committee
  2. The school must have completed at least one Certified School Exemplar submission for their Bronze tier certification
  3. The school is actively collaborating with other schools to support and mentor them through the Bronze tier certification process
  4. 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:
  • Social media using the hashtag #FutureReadyNJ
  • 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
Step 6: Submit evidence and other submission requirements to the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey team between February 22nd 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 and required for Silver certification.