TRENTON, November 3, 2017—Future Ready Schools-New Jersey (FRS-NJ), a program designed to promote digital learning readiness throughout the state, has honored 63 schools for achieving certification and implementing effective digital learning policies and practices, the New Jersey School Boards Association, one of the founding partners, announced today.
The schools received their awards on October 24 at Workshop 2017, the state’s largest conference for educational leaders, held at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The 63 schools represent the first cohort to earn certification. The schools and their school districts are listed below.
Future Ready Schools- New Jersey is a partnership of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). It is based on the National Future Ready Framework and the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification program.
By participating in program, schools receive the direction, guidance, support, and resources to achieve success achieving the benchmarks that are required for Future Ready certification.
“Future Ready Schools-New Jersey enables schools to use technology in ways that encourage enhanced student engagement, collaboration and individualized instruction,” said Dr. Lawrence S. Feinsod, NJSBA executive director. “We congratulate the schools that are in the first “class” to achieve certification and urge all New Jersey districts to participate in this program.”
FRS-NJ was launched a year ago. Beginning early in 2017, several groups of educational stakeholders jointly developed the FRS-NJ “Indicators of Future Readiness,” the benchmarks schools must achieve. Schools were able to start working toward certification in May.
Currently, 39 school districts and 83 schools from those districts are participating in the program.
“It is our mission to ensure that each and every student across the state of New Jersey is ready for his or her future—a future that requires technological knowledge and skills,” said New Jersey Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington. “We launched the Future Ready Schools-New Jersey program as a road map for schools to help students meet the demands of today’s technology-based economy, and I am excited that so many schools achieved certification in the first year of the program.”
“NJIT is proud to be part of the Future Ready Schools program and takes great pride in its work to build and diversify the pathways of future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students and graduates who will fuel our economy and improve quality of life in numerous ways,“ said Dr. Joel S. Bloom, NJIT president. “Each year, our Center for Pre-College Programs provides STEM programming for more than 4,000 students who are predominantly underrepresented females and minorities from the greater Newark area and prepares them for success in STEM disciplines.”
Celebrating the Inaugural Cohort The inaugural cohort was announced at a special ceremony on October 24 in the Exhibit Hall theater at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The ceremony was followed by a panel discussion in which educators and leaders who participated in the first certification cycle shared their experiences with the wider New Jersey education community.
Next Year’s Certification Effort Schools throughout the state are working to qualify for the 2018 FRS-NJ certification cycle. A series of Future Ready resource events to assist schools are ongoing. Information about upcoming events can be viewed at www.frsnj.org/events.
Educators, education leaders, and other stakeholders may join task forces that will help improve the program for future participants and ensure that all perspectives are considered in the program’s continued development. Further information about the task forces is available on the FRS-NJ website at www.frsnj.org/task-forces.
The 2017 Honorees The schools and districts honored on Oct. 24 include:
|South End Elementary School||Cedar Grove|
|Memorial Middle School||Cedar Grove|
|Delaware Valley Regional High School||Delaware Valley Regional High School District|
|Demarest Middle School||Demarest|
|Luther Lee Emerson School||Demarest|
|East Brunswick Public Schools||East Brunswick Public Schools|
|East Orange STEM Academy||East Orange|
|Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts||East Orange|
|Franklin Middle School||Franklin Township Public Schools|
|Sampson G. Smith Intermediate School||Franklin Township Public Schools|
|MacAfee Road School||Franklin Township Public Schools|
|Elizabeth Avenue School||Franklin Township Public Schools|
|Conerly Road School||Franklin Township Public Schools|
|Franklin Park Elementary School||Franklin Township Public Schools|
|Harrison Township Elementary School||Harrison Township Public Schools|
|Pleasant Valley School||Harrison Township Public Schools|
|Adelphia Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Aldrich Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Ardena Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Greenville Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Griebling Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Land O’ Pines Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Memorial Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Newbury Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Ramtown Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Taunton Elementary||Howell Public Schools|
|Middle School South||Howell Public Schools|
|Middle School North||Howell Public Schools|
|Clark Mills School||Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District|
|Bayshore||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Bayview||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Fairview||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Harmony||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|High School North||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|High School South||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Leonardo||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Lincroft||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Navesink||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|New Monmouth||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Nut Swamp||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Ocean Avenue||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Port Monmouth||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|River Plaza||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Thompson||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Thorne||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Village||Middletown Township Public Schools|
|Millburn High School||Millburn Public Schools|
|Borough School||Morris Plains|
|Mountain Way||Morris Plains|
|Lincoln Annex School||New Brunswick Public Schools|
|Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest||Northern Valley Regional High School District|
|Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan||Northern Valley Regional High School District|
|Charles DeWolf Middle School||Old Tappan|
|Pascack Hills High School||Pascack Valley Regional High School District|
|Pascack Valley High School||Pascack Valley Regional High School District|
|Eisenhower Middle School||Roxbury Public Schools|
|Roxbury High School||Roxbury Public Schools|
|West Dover Elementary School||Toms River Public Schools|
|Toms River Regional School District High School East||Toms River Public Schools|
|Washington Township High School||Washington Township|
|Daniel Webster School||Weehawken Public Schools|
|Weehawken High School||Weehawken Public Schools|
|Theodore Roosevelt School||Weehawken Public Schools|
The New Jersey School Boards Association is a federation of the state’s local boards of education and includes the majority of New Jersey’s charter schools as associate members. NJSBA provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and promote the achievement of all students through effective governance.