NSBA Joins Coalition of Future Ready Schools

February 19, 2015

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 19, 2015) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has recently partnered with Future Ready Schools (FRS), a diverse coalition of educational partners focused on maximizing digital learning opportunities. The FRS mission is to help prepare students for success in college, career and citizenship. These efforts come at a time when districts are embracing college and career readiness as a goal for all students. Currently, 1600 districts have already signed the Future Ready Pledge, an effort led by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education.

“For students to become future-ready in today’s complex global society, the use of digital tools is essential,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “By personalizing learning for each student, we better position K-12 students for career or college opportunity. We are pleased to join Future Ready Schools in its important mission to embed technology use into 21st century teaching and learning.”

Bringing high-speed internet access to 99 percent of public schools within the next five years is a primary FRS goal. Currently less than one-third of schools have the bandwidth necessary to teach today’s technologies. Future Ready Regional Summits are being held to offer district leaders tangible ways to build capacity among their teams and assess the needs of their districts. The summits will be tailored to a comprehensive set of issues that drive student learning including curriculum, instruction, and assessment; professional learning; technology, networks, and hardware; budget and resources; data and privacy; use of time; and community partnerships.

“The key organizations involved in the Future Ready initiative reflect what NSBA has learned from decades of hosting its education technology site visits; the successful transition to digital resources requires a clear vision that is embraced from the classroom to the boardroom and shared with the community” said Ann Flynn, Ed.D., Director, Education Technology, National School Boards Association.

2015 Regional Summits will be held in or near six to 12 of the following metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Vancouver, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Providence.

For further detail about FRS and added detail on metropolitan-area summits, please visit


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