Digital Schools Program History
The Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools program was created in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey School Boards Association and endorsed by New Jersey Leadership for Educational Excellence. It builds on the legacy of the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey program (which ceased operations in 2019) by integrating FRS-NJ topic areas and content into the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. FRS-NJ was founded in 2015 as a partnership between the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey School Boards Association and NJIT.
A transition committee led by school superintendents and educators experienced in both FRS-NJ and Sustainable Jersey helped create 12 new Sustainable Jersey Digital Schools actions that have been added to the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification Program and updated existing Student Learning and School Culture and Climate actions to address digital learning. To assist schools familiar with the FRS-NJ indicators, a crosswalk between the new actions and the former FRS-NJ Indicators is available here.
The FRS-NJ certification program evolved to be a powerful force for equity and progress in New Jersey, thanks to the many New Jersey organizations and school districts that contributed time and talent. The program was administered by the CLEAR Institute at NJIT, while funding and guidance was provided by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA). Districts and schools across New Jersey broke down silos to collaborate with and support each other.
Districts of Distinction
Silver District Distinction recipients were recognized for achieving silver certification for all district schools.
View the full list of FRS-NJ certified schools here.
2019 FRS-NJ Indicators
The former FRS-NJ indicators are listed below in order for schools to continue to access this content during the transition. Please note that per an agreement with the Alliance for Excellent Education all Future Ready Schools branding has been removed.
A Culture of Innovation, Collaboration, and Empowerment
A Shared Vision for Digital Leadership & Citizenship
Board-Approved Future Ready Plan
Communication Plan, Guidelines, Outreach and Reflection
Community Join Activity Planning
Established Budgeting Process for Digital Learning
Professional Learning to Support Integrated Instruction
Student Access to Technology Beyond the School Day
Sustaining a Digital Learning Environment
Education and Classroom Practice Indicators
Communicating and Celebrating 21st Century Learning
Digital Learning Tools and Content
Extended Learning Outside the School Day
Ongoing Reflection and Refinement
Student Personalized Learning Plans
Technology and Support Services Indicators
Access Point Signal Saturation
Adequate Support and Services for Digital Learning
Data-Informed Decision Making Process
Intranet/Internet Network Availability
Lifespan and Refresh Cycle Planning
Process for Adequate and Responsive Technical Support
Process for Effectively and Efficiently Vetting New Infrastructure Technology
Process for Effectively and Efficiently Vetting New Instructional Technology