The Future-Ready Schools Consortium of Northwest Texas was hosted by Aledo ISD last month, the consortium’s second of four meetings for the school year. Attendees included principals, administrators and other guests from Aledo, Boyd, Godley, Graham, Millsap, Mineral Wells, Perrin-Whitt, Poolville, Santo and Weatherford. The day-long session featured Dr. Deborah Cron, former superintendent of Weatherford ISD, who served as a facilitator for the day. Dr. Jeff Turner, retired superintendent of Coppell ISD, presented the opening address.
What is a “future-ready” school? It’s an effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help districts move toward preparing students for success in college, careers and in citizenship.
“Regional summits like this one have been instrumental for district teams to develop action plans and metrics to measure their progress in using tools to improve teaching and student-learning outcomes,” said Aledo ISD Superintendent Derek Citty. “Highlights of experiences in each district offer other district leaders tangible ways to build capability in their own teams.”
Denise Dugger, Aledo ISD executive director of Accountability & Professional Development, said as districts embrace college and career readiness as the goal for all students and recognize the potential of digital tools to help teachers personalize learning for their students, the timing is “critical for endeavors like this.”
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“District leaders are planning how to align the necessary technologies with instructional goals to support teaching and learning throughout their districts,” she said.
Dugger also said part of the agenda was built to give participants time to discuss pertinent issues and network with those who have similar job responsibilities and to make connections in the region and collaborate to solve similar dilemmas.