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We promote and support the integration of technology into teaching and learning through PD programming, policy development, the administration of state and federal funding, and strategic planning.

This site serves as a landing page for Educational technology resources to support the districts in Connecticut.
What is the Future Ready Initiative?

Future Ready is a bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The initiative will provide districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved communities. Phase I of the Future Ready initiative was a series of regional summits that focused on a comprehensive set of issues that drive student learning and will offer district leaders tangible ways to build capacity throughout their districts.

The Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education are leading this effort with the support of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and other partners.

As our main call to action, we’re asking superintendents to take the Future Ready District Pledge, a commitment to work with educators, families, and community members to make all schools in their districts Future Ready.

Future Ready Schools New Hampshire seeks to help superintendents, schools, faculty, students, and community members make their Future Ready Commitment a reality by providing resources, professional development, and examples of Future Ready teaching and learning in Connecticut.

Student Learning: Future Ready Vision

Digital learning is defined as "the strengthening, broadening, and/or deepening of students’ learning through the effective use of technology." Digital learning can serve as a vehicle to individualize and personalize learning, ensuring that all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career. While each district’s vision is unique, many include similar characteristics described by the Future Ready vision.

Future Ready Framework

Technology now enables personalized digital learning for every student in the nation. The Future Ready District Pledge, according to the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to set out a roadmap to achieve that success and to commit districts to move as quickly as possible towards a shared vision of preparing students for success in college, careers and citizenship. This roadmap can only be accomplished through a systemic approach to change, as outlined in the graphic below. With student learning at the center, a district must align each of the seven (7) key categories, called gears, plus leadership, in order to implement and sustain successful digital learning.

Future Ready Framework

The 7 Gears are as follows:

  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Professional Learning
  • Technology, Networks, and Hardware
  • Data and Privacy
  • Community Partnerships
  • Budget and Resources
  • Use of Time 

The outside rings of the framework image emphasize the importance of empowered leadership and the cycle of transformation where districts vision, plan, implement and assess continually. Once a district is strategically staged in each gear, district leaders can be confident that they are ready for a highly successful implementation phase that leads to innovation through digital learning.