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Franklin Township in "First Class" of Future Ready Schools

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TRENTON, NJ - Sixty-three schools were honored today for being Future Ready Schools - New Jersey (FRS-NJ), and six of them belong to the Franklin Township School District. 

"We are extremely proud of the district’s Future Ready Teams. Each of our teams worked extremely hard to be sure our schools met the rigorous criteria set by the NJDOE with regard to NJ Future Ready Certification," Superintendent Dr. John A. Ravally said. "The true benefactors of each team’s hard work will be our students as they will be the ones gaining the 21-century learning experiences designed by our faculty with the help of our Future Ready Teams."

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The FRS-NJ certification program is designed to promote digital learning throughout New Jersey’s elementary and secondary public schools through the national Future Ready Framework, as well as to engage students in developing 21st Century skills by encouraging the best use of digital learning tools by educators.

“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 Education Commissioner Kimberley Harrington. “We launched the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey program as a roadmap 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."

Franklin Middle School (FMS), Sampson G. Smith School (SGS) and Conerly Road School (CRS), Franklin Park School (FPS), MacAfee Road School (MAS), and Elizabeth Avenue School (EAS), were the six out of the township's nine schools awarded certificates for implementing effective digital learning policies and practices.

The program was recently adopted by New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) to support digital learning readiness in schools. The program offers support to teachers in updating their pedagogy and educational practices and promotes the success of teachers and schools by using them as models for other schools. The framework of the Future Ready program is based on seven gears.  

“NJIT is proud to be part of the Future Ready Schools Program and takes great pride in its work to build and diversify the pipeline 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 New Jersey Institute of Technology President Joel S. Bloom.

“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.”

The list of 63 schools that were honored can be found on the FRS-NJ website

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