Howell Township Public Schools makes good on its pledge to become a future ready school district. Future Ready NJ announced that all 12 Howell Township Public Schools have gone through a rigorous selection process and were deemed Future Ready certified. Back in September 2014, Superintendent Joseph Isola took the Future Ready pledge, along with many superintendents throughout the nation. In 2017, that pledge became a reality.
Board of Education member Albert Miller said, “Having been a part of this process since its inception, it is certainly gratifying as a Board member to see the district’s vision come to life for our students. Our Board as a whole is truly committed to continuing to support these environments and focusing on student outcomes that prepare them for tomorrow’s challenges.”
Future Ready Schools – New Jersey (FRS-NJ) is a certification program designed to promote digital learning readiness in schools throughout New Jersey by providing guidance, support, direction, and resources to schools and districts. The program, a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), will help our schools promote the skills, abilities, and capacities essential for success in college, career, and citizenship in a digital age (Source:http://www.frsnj.org/about).
In the fall of 2014, Mr. Isola was a newly-appointed superintendent faced with the challenge of launching a 1-to-1 digital environment, which had been put into motion by the previous superintendent, Dr. Enid Golden. Dr. Golden had assembled a 60-member Technology Task Force inclusive of all stakeholder groups in Howell Township. The work of the task force lasted in excess of two years prior to this point. One of the first actions that the new superintendent took was to appoint Claire Engle Director of Digital Learning and Innovation. Ms. Engle’s passion and drive in this area have proven to be extremely beneficial to the district. Under her stewardship, approximately 6000 students and 700 staff members have enthusiastically partnered to create learning environments that prepare students to be collaborative learners.
Jeremy Reich, Project Coordinator of Future Ready Schools – New Jersey, said, "Howell Township Public Schools holds the title of being the first district ever to officially commit to supporting its schools' and educators' efforts to best prepare their students for success in college, career, and citizenship through the framework of the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Certification Program, path-finding the way for dozens of other districts throughout the state. Howell's educators and leaders have been involved in the program since its inception, joining all three of the inaugural task forces and helping shape the FRS-NJ experience and resources through the volunteering of their time, experience, expertise, and resources. The district and its staff are exemplar in their use of social mediums such as Twitter to both enable and celebrate the work and achievements of both students and educators alike with their community, as well as with the wider educational community, and to engage with each of these groups for the greater good. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Howell's educators and leaders and I look forward to seeing their achievements inform and guide future participants in the certification program, while using their experience in the program to inform their own continuous efforts."
Howell officials report that approximately 60 schools in New Jersey have been certified as Future-Ready. Howell Township is among only a handful of districts throughout the state that successfully gained certification for all schools. This is particularly impressive, as it speaks not only to the school district’s commitment, but to the broader community’s partnership of 21st century learning environments.
Superintendent Isola stated, “While accomplishments such as this are certainly a source of pride, I recognize that it only signifies the beginning of a journey that will require continued commitment. It is our district’s belief that providing such environments is part of our obligation to students to ensure their readiness for a lifetime of informed citizenship in a digital society. Accomplishments such as this are only possible when the entire educational community is moving in the same direction.”
Future Ready Schools NJ Certification
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