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Future Ready Nebraska

Nebraska is adopting the Future Ready framework as a structure of organizing and communicating Future Ready Nebraska (FRN) plan. The framework was developed by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. The research-based framework is based on a vision oriented, pedagogy driven and children focused approach.

The mission of the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is to lead and support the preparation of all Nebraskans for learning, earning, and living. As part of carrying out the mission, the State Board of Education recently developed a strategic vision and plan for Nebraska education for the next 10 years 2017-2026. A portion of the vision addresses digital learning and access in Nebraska. As part of creating the implementation plan to support these goals, we are reaching out to leaders, education advocates, and experts in Nebraska to develop the Future Ready Nebraska Council (FRNC). Members of this council represent strategic partner groups and are committed to use their expertise and knowledge to shape and communicate the vision, strategic objectives, and actions intended to transform the digital education and education systems of Nebraska schools.

The Future Ready Framework identifies 7 key categories, or gears, designed for Digital Learning visioning, planning, and implementation focused on Personalized Student Learning.

Future Ready Framework

     These include:

      Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
       Use of Space and Time
       Robust Infrastructure
       Data and Privacy
       Community Partnerships
       Personalized Professional Learning
       Budget and Resources 


Timeline for Future Ready Nebraska work:

Spring/Summer 2017 – FRNC is created and creates vision & purpose statements, FRN logo developed, Future Ready Presentation at Administrator Days

October 2017 – State Board of Education votes to approve Digital Education Position Statement (DigitalEducationPosSt)

Fall 2017 – FRNC sets goals, priorities and recommendations,  Digital Learning & Ed Tech Plan survey developed and administered, Draft Digital Learning plan developed, Future Ready Presentation at Fall NETA conference

Winter 2017/2018 – Further development of Digital Learning plan from statewide survey and other feedback to finalize the plan

Spring 2018 – Digital Learning Plan is published and shared, Presentations of plan details begin, work on plan action steps begins