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Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators Through Professional Learning toolkit was developed under the guidance of Richard Culatta and Bernadette Adams of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology.

Darren Cambridge of the American Institute for Research and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach of Powerful Learning Practice co-led toolkit development and drafting, including creation of video examples and case studies. Other contributing authors were Marshal Conley, Catherine Green, Michelle Perry, and Claudette Rasmussen of the American Institutes for Research. Lynn Holdheide provided advice and insightful feedback on drafts. Cathy Rasmussen and Lesa Rowe produced graphics and layout.

The primary technical working group for the Connected Educators project also provided key guidance and support. Members of the group include the following:

Al Byers Assistant Executive Director of Government Partnerships and E-learning, National Science Teachers Association

Tom Carroll President, National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future

Gavin Dykes Associate Director, Future Lab (UK)

Andrew Gardner Educational Technologist, Grades 3–5 The School, Columbia University

Anastasia Goodstein Founder, Ypulse Media

Michael Horn Cofounder and Executive Director of Education, Innosight Institute

Andrew Mandel Vice President of Interactive Learning and Engagement, Teach for America

Mike Marriner Cofounder, Roadtrip Nation

Shelley Pasnik Director, Center for Children and Technology at the Education Development Center

Nichole Pinkard Senior Research Associate and Assistant Professor, Center for Urban School Improvement, University of Chicago

Jennifer Preece Professor and Dean iSchool, University of Maryland

Linda Roberts Senior Advisor, Apple and other leading companies

Patricia Wasley Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Washington

Etienne Wenger Global thought leader, author and coauthor of seminal books on communities of practice

Download Tools

Professional Learning Readiness Self-Assessment Tool

Assess district capacity for professional learning

Professional Learning Strategies Self-Assessment Tool

Assess quality and alignment of professional learning strategies

Effective Professional Learning Strategies

Review good professional learning examples

Online Professional Learning Quality Checklist

Identify effective online learning options

Evaluation Tool: Examining Progress Towards Future Ready Learning

Gather evidence and demonstrate impact on learning

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