Our Future Ready Library

The Future Ready Pledge

Photo "Future: Next Exit"

In February of 2017, the Orchard Farm R-V School Board voted to support the OFSD Librarians in becoming a Future Ready School.  Shortly thereafter, Dr. Tom Muzzey took the pledge to designate us an official Future Ready School.

What does it mean to be a Future Ready School?

The Future Ready is a project run by the Alliance for Excellent Education. 
According their website at www.futureready.org, "Future Ready Schools® helps district leaders plan and implement personalized, research-based digital learning strategies so all students can achieve their full potential. We believe every student deserves a rigorous, personalized learning environment filled with caring adults and student agency. District leaders must recognize the potential of digital tools and align necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning." 

In short, a Future Ready School (FRS) has pledged to make preparing students for college, work and citizenship a top priority and to let that priority steer all future decisions in its endeavors.  In addition, an FRS recognizes the important of technology and digital literacy in preparing students for the future.

Why are the libraries crucial to the Future Ready initiative?

Our libraries are the hubs of our school.  Traditionally, a librarian's primary goal is to support students and teachers on their journey to excellence and achievement.  Further, libraries are the place where students come to explore and learn more about topics of interest.  Therefore, librarians have the perfect opportunity to support the students and the school, leveraging a variety of media to encourage 21st century learning skills while fostering personalized learning.

What has our school accomplished in our endeavor to be an FRS?

As mentioned, Dr. Muzzey took the FRS Pledge for the Orchard Farm School District in early March of 2017.  Soon after, an FRS Committee was made, which was comprised of our superintendent, assistant superintendent, two building principals, two building assistant principals, the librarians, the innovation teachers, the technology coach, two members of the technology department, a student, and two classroom teachers.  This committee was led by Project Manager, Melinda Botkin, high school librarian.  This committee completed the FR Assessment in March of 2017, and our score on that assessment was an 8.8 out of 10.  The committee then signed up for one ore more subcommittees.  Each subcommittee looked at the score for one of the cogs/gears of the FRS wheel (see image from www.futureready.org below).  For the summer of 2017, each subcommittee was to consider what goals were needed for that cog in order to help us better prepare students.  In the fall of 2017, those subcommittees reconvened and determined three goals for each cog, and these goals will be submitted as our official FRS Plan.

Future Ready Wheel

What does the FRS designation mean moving forward?

While the assessment and the plan are important parts of the FRS process, the overall goal of this initiative is to continue to consider the cogs or gears of the FRS wheel when making decisions for our school, from future classes and programs offered to the design of facilities and spaces.   When we have conversations on the future of our district and how to increase student achievement, we will be asking ourselves, how will this decision impact our ability to prepare students for the future in regards to content knowledge and skills, 21st century skills, and character qualities?

Future Ready Pledge Poster

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