INNOVATE TO ELEVATE SPIRIT RECOGNIZED WITH DISTINCTION
HOLMDEL, NJ – “We’re four for four!” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert McGarry exclaimed Tuesday afternoon, referring to the notifications the district received from the organizers of the Future Ready Schools New Jersey program. After a year-long application development and submission process, Holmdel learned Tuesday that all of its schools earned certification as “Future Ready.”
According to the Future Ready Schools New Jersey program, “future ready” is a certification program created to support schools with the resources needed to implement digital learning and promote the skills, abilities, and capacities essential for student success in college and career. “Future Ready Certification isn’t about what we do already,” explained District Supervisor of Technology, Engineering and Media Centers Caren MacConnell. “It is about what we should be, could be, doing and taking steps to move in that direction,” she added.
Each Future Ready application is scored according to three major areas: Leadership, Education and Classroom Practice, and Technology Support. All of Holmdel’s applications yielded “exemplary” marks throughout the various rubrics, including in the area of Community Partnerships. “Our new status as a Future Ready district is a strong testament to the Holmdel community and its commitment to education,” said Board of Education President Vicky Flynn upon hearing this. “Without great community involvement and the financial support of organizations such as the Holmdel Foundation for Educational Excellence and all of our school-based parent support groups, we would not have been able to build the kind of robust and future-ready infrastructure that continues to promote student learning in all of our schools,” she said.
Reflecting on the district’s motto of “Innovate to Elevate,” and the alignment between this aspirational statement and the criteria for certification as a “Future Ready School,” Dr. McGarry suggested that he was “pretty confident” that the district would earn this distinction. “Innovate to Elevate lets everyone know we are always looking to move to the next higher step and this absolutely means being future ready,” he said.
The district’s schools will be recognized during a special awards ceremony during the annual New Jersey School Boards Association conference in Atlantic City in October.