Future of School Pledges Funding for Remote Learning through the Resilient Schools Project

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FoS will partner with the Digital Learning Collaborative to guide the pilot project, underwrite membership for 10 schools and impact many more K-12 districts nationwide

Future of School (FoS) today announced that it will help fund up to 10 schools to participate in the newly formed Resilient Schools Project (RSP)—a program to assist K-12 schools and districts nationwide in developing an ongoing response to instructional disruptions during the 2020-21 school year. The Digital Learning Collaborative, managed by the Evergreen Education Group, co-created the project in partnership with FoS, and is offering memberships to schools and districts across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to underwriting several schools and/or districts, Future of School will capture the experience in those learning environments in an effort to share best practices and outcomes from this pilot project.

“We have seen America’s teachers do their best through this unprecedented period of crisis schooling brought on by the pandemic. However, schools need additional support in order to facilitate the best teaching and learning in the challenging current environment,” said Amy Valentine, Chief Executive Officer & Education Evangelist at Future of School. “Through the Resilient Schools Project, we want to give educators the knowledge and tools to implement technology-enabled teaching and learning with a planned and proven approach. The RSP is a first step in helping to address the need for our schools to effectively reach students beyond the physical classroom.”

The Resilient Schools Project will officially launch in July. Members may be individual schools (public, charter or private) or districts. The RSP will support member schools and districts in their response to disruptions in instruction caused by COVID-19. The RSP will operate a facilitated professional collaborative network; find, share, and/or create guides on key issues and best practices; offer consulting guidance; meet remotely with schools in a cohort up to twice per month; and provide support via a members-only discussion board. The project will culminate in sessions at the Digital Learning Annual Conference in Austin in June 2021.

“It’s already evident that districts with online, blended, and hybrid learning options are adapting to school closures better than districts without. In other words, districts with better digital learning practices are more resilient in the face of unprecedented challenges,” said John Watson, CEO of Evergreen Education Group. “Through the Resilient Schools Project, we aim to support districts’ efforts to become instructionally diverse, supplying them with a range of insights, best practices, and guidance to continue high-quality learning despite disruptions to the academic routine.”

Schools or districts interested in joining the RSP can visit the Resilient Schools Project webpage. Those interested in funding from Future of School should submit an interest letter to info@futureof.school.

Future of School is the leading non-partisan charity focused on access to quality education and dedicated to the transformation of American K-12 education from a one-size-fits-all system to one that ensures all students—our next generation of leaders—learn the critical competencies needed to be a ready workforce and to compete in a diverse and digital global economy.

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