LIVINGSTON, NJ — Future Ready Schools New Jersey (FRS-NJ), a certification program designed to promote transformational change in schools and districts throughout the state, has awarded all nine schools in the Livingston Public Schools with Future Ready NJ 2019 Bronze Tier Certifications.

Newly appointed Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Block announced on Monday that this accomplishment is something the district community should be extremely proud of.

“I wasn’t here, but I know that a lot of hard work went into gaining that status,” said Block. “Compliments to Erin [Borino, Director of Instructional Technology] and the whole technology team and all of our principals and teachers that worked on getting that status.”

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According to the FRS-NJ website, 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 initiative and the structure and success of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program.

The FRS-NJ Indicators of Future Readiness are the heart and soul of the FRS-NJ certification program. Organized at all levels into three overarching themes: Leadership; Education and Classroom Practice; and Technology Support and Services. These indicators help guide schools and districts towards future readiness by providing them with the knowledge of what successful Future Ready practices look like in a given “gear,” or section, of the national framework. They also provide guidance, support and connections to resources that can help them achieve success. 

Within the Livingston district, the Future Ready Leadership Team worked with each individual school-based Future Ready team to gather and provide evidence to show that Livingston Public Schools is effectively and strategically integrating technology throughout the school's teaching and learning instructional practices, while providing access that supports individual and collaborative learning for its students and educators.

"This along with strong collaborative leadership shows what our district’s major strengths are for best preparing our students for success in college, career and citizenship in the digital age," said Borino.

According to Block, the Livingston Public Schools district will be honored during next School Boards Conference in October. For more information about FRS-NJ, visit www.frsnj.org.