Press Release

Reimagining K-12 Remote Learning Beyond the Coronavirus
How one national nonprofit is offering both immediate and long-term support for families, teachers and students

June 9, 2020

Denver, Colo.—Future of School (FoS) is the nation’s leading non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to a K-12 education that unlocks the unbounded potential of all students, no matter where learning happens. Through scholarships, grants, original research, and strategic partnerships with a diverse cross-section of leaders, Future of School has worked to close the gap between the pace of technology in daily life and the pace of change in education since 2016.

Grounded in the belief that all kids should have a meaningful, rigorous and equitable learning experience, FoS is the first-ever public charity fully dedicated to access to high quality, tech-enabled primary and secondary education. The organization’s grantmaking programs are designed to reward students, empower educators and amplify research data to demonstrate the impact of technology on transforming the one-size-fits-all approach to K-12 education in order to better prepare students for the future. To date, FoS has awarded 172 student scholarships and 40 Innovative Educator Prizes to recipients in nearly every state and one U.S. territory.

FoS supports the flexibility needed by many of today’s students and their families, and highlights the value of creative and effective digital learning programs in enabling them to cultivate transferable skills for the future of work. Empowering educators to embrace technology-based delivery models and new instructional methods is a key aspect in achieving these goals.

“For years, Future of School supported students and educators for being digital entrepreneurs and pioneers of personalized educational pathways,” said Amy Valentine, its executive director. Our work as a people-driven public charity is more important than ever since the recent pandemic upended our country’s longstanding approach to K-12 education. Our country’s education system urgently needs to be redesigned toward student-centered learning and teacher-empowered instruction.

Through the organization’s recently launched Teacher Triage initiative, families, educators and community leaders are connecting and sharing critical resources throughout the ‘crisis schooling’ scenario brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic.  

  • The Future of School Webinar Series has featured teacher and policymaker panelists, who have spoken on access and equity in education; differentiation and personalized learning in remote teaching; and strategies for success in distance learning and special education.
  • Its Teacher of the Week effort has recognized and rewarded educator-heroes on the front lines of remote learning, whose inspiring stories have been featured across the organization’s social media communities. The diverse group represents all school types: public, private, charter, blended and online
  • FoS is amplifying families’ personal challenges and successes and broadcasting the voice of teachers from across America in its active FoS Stories group on Facebook and via its popular biweekly #futureofschool chat on Twitter.

“The Future of School is made possible by individual and corporate donors across the country who are facilitating the transformation from an outdated, one-size-fits-all K-12 system to new models, enabled by technology, with the power to transform our students’ lives,” said Linda Lopez, FoS board member and former state senator of Arizona. “The Future of School is the foundation for both their success and that of our society in the future of work.”

Future of School is a 501(c)3 public charity amplifying the importance of K-12 learning as a catalyst for student readiness and a stronger society through programs and events, including its celebrated impact summits, original publicly shared research, grants for educators innovating in their schools and a scholarship program that rewards students diversifying their educational pathway. Learn more about Future of School.

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