CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Department of Education announced today the launch of the statewide Future Ready Initiative. Wyoming joins a cohort of 17 states dedicated to preparing students for success through personalized student learning.
“The goal of our state in becoming Future Ready is to provide additional personalized learning opportunities and improve the overall educational experience for all students,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “Eight Wyoming school districts have already taken the Future Ready Pledge and we’ve been able to see how it can create an innovative school culture. In addition, our work on the 2017 Statewide Digital Learning Plan has shown us how the Future Ready Framework can improve digital learning in Wyoming.”
The process for districts and states to become Future Ready is outlined in the Future Ready Framework®, which is comprised of 7 key categories designed to ensure a successful conversion to digital and personalized learning. These categories, or gears, are Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Use of Space and Time, Robust Infrastructure, Data and Privacy, Community Partnerships, Personalized Professional Learning, and Budget and Resources.
The benefits of becoming a Future Ready state are numerous. They include free access to tools and resources that assist district leadership teams in planning systemically to use technology more effectively to engage students, empower teachers, and improve overall learning outcomes. Current Future Ready States include: California, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Additional information can be found at: edu.wyoming.gov/tech.
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Kari Eakins, Communications Director