Future Ready

Lori M. Cole

My passion!

I have a passion for preparing students to be Future Ready - for all students to be educated in a 21st century classroom where state standards and objectives are interwoven with collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Currently, as Future Ready Specialist in Decatur ISD, I am passionate about teachers recognizing the Future Ready initiative as a way to motivate students, incorporate real world applications, and as a natural approach to differentiate learning objectives for all students. I am proud to be a part of preparing our students to be Future Ready, and I look forward to empowering students in our region with a transformative education that incorporates skills needed for a successful future.

Sample Professional Development Sessions

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Sample of a series of quick "lunch and learn" sessions!
A campus requested professional development: this session below was a technology "kickoff" to a staff meeting. The intent of the lesson helped empower teachers with knowledge about two interactive whiteboard apps that can be used in a variety of ways and all SAMR levels!
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LOTI H.E.A.T. framework and ISTE Standards

In my current district, teachers scale all lessons according to the H.E.A.T. framework. These "ratings" can be found on every lesson in Eduphoria forethought through our district created easy click boxes. We also follow the ISTE standards. Teachers indicate these 21st century skills, especially in problem based, project based, and challenge based lessons!

Technology Integration and Transforming Instruction

Our Future Ready mentors and some of our teacher leader rockstars are able to focus most on technology integration. When coaching these teachers, our discussions reflect SAMR and TPACK. Following these two models helps us know what the current stage is and where we want to go!
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These are just a few samples of our student-centered classrooms in Decatur ISD. I have had the pleasure of working with each of these teachers and students. We believe learning should be engaging and provide opportunities for challenges and successes!
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A student-centered class skyping with Cyprus!

Using technology to connect with experts, these students utilized the "need to know" information in a project based lesson.

THANK YOU FOR VIEWING MY SMORE!

It has been a pleasure to show you my passion and skills! If you have any questions about my view of Future Ready and student centered classrooms, I would love to visit with you! You can contact me at lorimariecole@gmail.com or @lorimcole on twitter.