Future Ready Nebraska Gears

Use of Space & Time
Use of Space & Time
Primary Objective: Create opportunities for districts to explore innovative classroom models.
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
Primary Objective: Integrate the effective use of technology in all state academic standards, not just technology standards.
Robust Infrastructure
Robust Infrastructure
Primary Objective: Establish a technology ecosystem to ensure every school exceeds industry-connectivity standards.
Personalized Professional Development
Personalized Professional Development
Primary Objective: Provide Opportunities for educators and leaders to deepen their Future Ready knowledge.
Data & Privacy
Data & Privacy
Primary Objective: Provide useful and meaningful data to leaders and educators to support instruction and decisionmaking. Articulate clear expectations relating to the privacy of student data.
Budget & Resources
Budget & Resources
Primary Objective: Identify opportunities to reduce costs for technology procurement.
Community Partnerships
Community Partnerships
Primary Objective: Establish a Future Ready coalition of interested and invested organizations and parties.
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Use of Space & Time

Use of Space and Time GearPrimary Objective: Create opportunities for districts to explore innovative classroom models.

Focus areas:
~ Provide alternatives to seat-time that enable compentency based instructional models.
~ Create flexibility to enable anytime, anywhere instructional programs.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently uder development.

  1. All students will have access to evidence-based curricular opportunities that meets their needs and interests.
  2. Learners in districts will be engaged in at least one course that is facilitated in an anywhere anytime learning environment.
  3.  Create differentiated educational experiences that challenge and ensure mastery for all students through digital tools.
  4.  Offer quality online and blended courses for students that include opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of content in a variety of ways.
  5. Update school accreditation (Rule 10) to support anywhere, anytime learning approaches for students.
  6. Technology is leveraged in multiple ways to provide a student and staff centered learning environments.
  7. Educators across the state will have access to models of effective Digital Learning across time and space.

Robust Infrastructure

Robust Infrastructure GearPrimary Objective: Establish a technology ecosystem to ensure every school exceeds industry-connectivity standards.

Focus areas:
~ Identify and make available resources to provide every school with access to high speed, high capacity internet.
~ Collaborate with local and regional organizations to insure every district and school has the IT capacity needed to support their infrastructure.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska.  These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech, plan which is currently under development.

  1. All students will have access to Internet resources during non-school hours to achieve equity of access.
  2. All Districts will be connected to a statewide single sign-on system, with access to associated resources.
  3. Robust Infrastructure Gear Team will encourage 100% of public school districts to leverage Category 2 E-rate funding to upgrade their internal networking and Wi-Fi.
  4. The State of Nebraska and University of Nebraska will procure and contract for up to six segments of 10Gbps wave services for a northeast Nebraska backbone fiber loop.
  5. Digital learning is adequately funded and fully integrated across multiple budget areas, including instruction, building facilities, technology, staffing, utilities, etc., where appropriate.

Personalized Professional Development

Personalized Professional Development GearPrimary Objective: Provide Opportunities for educators and leaders to deepen their Future Ready knowledge.

Focus Areas:
~ Identify and partner with business, community, professional and parent associations, and regional education associations to support Future Ready efforts.
~ Engage with higher education institutions to create a K – 16 vision for future readiness to support workforse-readiness efforts.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Teachers will have access to online resources to assist in providing quality instruction to students through use of an online repository of content containing videos, articles and Professional Development opportunities.
  2.  A systematic coordinated approach to professional learning priorities will be developed to support professional learning efforts and initiatives in the state.
  3. Utilize Future Ready resources to support professional learning, planning and prioritizing at school districts including the following targeted staff, Librarians, Ed Tech Leaders, Principals and other School leaders.

Data & Privacy

Data and Privacy GearPrimary Objectives: Provide useful and meaningful data to leaders and educators to support instruction and decisionmaking.  Articulate clear expectations relating to the privacy of student data.

Focus areas:
 ~ Align state data systems to reduce redundancy, streamline data collection and facilitate analysis and use of data.
     ~ Make data a two-way street; provide meaningful data back to districts in user-friendly reports.
     ~ Communicate the state’s policy for its use of student data.
     ~ Ensure all stakeholders – districts, educators, parents and vendors – understand all applicable laws and regulations related to student data privacy.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebrsaka Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Adopt and sustain policies protecting privacy and security of student data and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  2. Collect and provide data in efficient and meaningful ways to support instruction and decision-making and minimize the reporting burden of school districts.
  3. Provide resources, communication and training to inform and equip stakeholders to keep student data private and secure.

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment GearPrimary Objective: Integrate the effective use of technology in all state academic standards, not just technology standards.

Focus Areas:
~ Articulate the expectation that meeting the state standards requires the appropriate use of technology.
~ Demonstrate the effective use of technology to support specific standards through exemplars and resources.
~ Provide guidance on finding and/or developing high quality digital content.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Review and revise school accreditation (Rule 10), as necessary to update for personalized teaching and learning.
  2. Provide opportunities for professional personalized educator learning and development using a statewide, coordinated, and collaborative reservoir of resources and find, define and share exemplars of digital teaching and learning.
  3. Integrate the effective use of technology in all state academic standards, not just technology standards.
  4. Create a system of equitable opportunities for access to online resources for all students in Nebraska.
  5. Districts are able to leverage technology and diverse learning resources to personalize the learning experience for each student.
  6. Expand teacher recommended & state investments in statewide digital content and learning resources.
  7. All students have access to qualified integration specialists who have the capacity to partner with classroom teachers to design and implement evidence-based curricula and assessments that integrate elements of deeper learning, critical thinking, information literacy, digital citizenship, creativity, innovation, and the active use of technology.

Community Partnerships

Future Ready Community Partnerships GearPrimary Objective: Establish a Future Ready coalition of interested and invested organizations and parties.

Focus Areas:
 ~ Identify and partner with business, community, professional and parent accociations and regional education associations to support Future Ready efforts.

     ~ Engage with higher education institutions to create a K – 16 vision for future readiness to support workforce-readiness efforts.

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be further developed in the Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. Plan which is currently under development.

  1. Develop a presentation to be used at professional conferences, webinars, and local planning events which will assist school administrative teams in getting started.  Each committee member will present locally and at least one conference or webinar.
  2. Develop a template and specific guidelines to assist schools in forming a local community partnership committee with an initial mandate to identify local existing partnerships and define areas of need for future partnerships based on the goals of the Future Ready Nebraska Council, AQuESTT, and current School Improvement Process efforts.
  3. Create a process for identifying and describing examples of existing successful school-community partnerships across the state, to be used as a resource for such local committees.
  4. Develop an easily accessible “clearinghouse” of such resources which is searchable and includes categories, descriptions, and contact information.
  5. Support creation of robust partnerships with our student, parent, business, and city communities to advance our vision of developing future-ready students.

Budget & Resources

Future Ready Budget Gear

Primary Objective: Identify opportunities to reduce costs for technology procurement.

Focus areas:
~ Integrate technology funding across grant and budget opportunities to establish sustainable models for technology procurement and replacement
     ~ Hire and train State Education Agency staff with appropriate education technology skills across all offices and functional areas
~ Establish purchasing consortia or other opportunities to help districts to take advantage of procurement at scale
~ Support E-rate reimbursement

 


The Future Ready Nebraska Council has developed several goals to guide the work of this gear in Nebraska. These goals are listed below and will be futher developed in the  Nebraska Digital Learning and Ed. Tech. plan which is currently under development.

  1. Develop a system to identify and prioritize what needs to be funded, why it should be funded and looks at possible funding options.
  2. Provide the budget and resources necessary to ensure students have access support, and integration necessary to personalize learning and develop future- ready skills through the use of digital tools.
  3. Create a needs based system that ensures efficient, effective, equitable investment and implementation of digital tools and resources for all districts across the state.
  4. Investigate “Learning Return on Investment” through research and provide examples/case studies from successful digital learning programs that clearly illustrate how technology enables personalized learning and the development of 21st Century skills.
  5. Provide guidance for the development of sustainable technology plans.

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