ELIZABETH, NJ - The William F. Halloran School No. 22 has been awarded the 2019 Bronze Tier Status by Future Ready Schools – New Jersey (FRS-NJ)
FRS-NJ is a certification program designed to establish a culture of digital innovation, where educators are empowered to deepen and extend student learning through the use of technology, digital content, and media.
School No. 22 joined fellow Elizabeth public school Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy among over 260 schools from 72 districts across New Jersey in completing the self-assessment and planning process during the 2019 certification cycle. School Future Ready teams, supported by their district teams, self-assess where they are in the indicators provided by FRS-NJ and submit their self-assessment for review and feedback from the Awards Committee.
The Bronze tier is the first step in a school’s Future Ready journey once it declares its participation in the certification program, which follows a district-level commitment to support its schools’ Future Ready efforts by signing a pledge and passing a board resolution. The bronze certification lasts for three years unless it is superseded by successful higher certifications. School No. 22 and Hamilton Preparatory Academy were among 104 schools to receive bronze status in 2019.
Both schools will be formally recognized at the New Jersey School Boards Association Workshop 2019 on October 22 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in the exhibit floor theater.
“As a school that became the first HP Spotlight School in the United States earlier this year, School No. 22 has proven their commitment to innovate classroom instruction in a way that inspires elite-level academic performance,” said Elizabeth Public Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer. “Their recognition by Future Ready New Jersey along with Hamilton Preparatory Academy for their efforts to enhance education through the use of technology is well deserved.”
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate the students and team members of School No. 22 for their outstanding achievement,” said Elizabeth Board of Education President Stephanie Pestana. “In receiving this recognition, School No. 22 has shown that they are providing innovative and personalized classroom instruction to meet the needs of all students. The strong academic performance by School No. 22 students is further evidence that the district’s emphasis on the use of technology in the classroom is yielding positive results.”
The program is a coalition 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 work of the national Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative, and the structure and success of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program.
The state model of the national framework has been created by FRS-NJ task forces, made up of hundreds of educators and leaders who dedicate their time and expertise to create the New Jersey Indicators of Future Readiness. These indicators help guide schools and districts towards future readiness by providing them with the knowledge of what successful Future Ready practices look like while providing support and connections to resources that can help them achieve success.