Future Forward Workshops Provide Academic Excellence for All Students

We guide communities with care toward academic equity.

Throughout our three Trimesters of professional development workshops, you will:

  • Learn criteria for quality systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Identify standards to prepare all students for life and career in the 21st century.
  • Create a curriculum guide that defines programmatic coherence for prioritized life and career standards.
  • Establish strategies to develop students’ personal and civic responsibility, global competence, and workplace skill development.
  • Develop a non-invasive assessment system that promotes personalized learning with a mastery based learning model.

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend Future Forward Institute

Wondering if our workshops are a good fit for your team? You should join us if:

  • You aren’t satisfied with merely “pockets of success.”
  • You care about closing the achievement gap and reducing disparity.
  • You want to implement a system-wide solution that addresses the root causes, rather than just the symptoms.
  • You recognize your community’s need for students who are prepared to make a contribution.
  • You aren’t looking for temporary change, but sustainable and lasting transformation.
It’s no longer one and done; it is a yearlong, intense, meet-people-where-they’re-at type of service. — Dr. Renee Corneille, Principal of St. Anthony Middle School

National Facilitators / Sessions

Our year-long workshop series features 10 events featuring 9 national experts. We are currently accepting registration for the full year, individual trimesters, or individual sessions.

All workshops take place at our West Metro Education Program facility in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Trimester 2: Curriculum Planning

  • Equity Problem of Practice:

    How does our system need to change in light of recent research on how students learn, further advancements to technology, and the educational inequities that have existed for centuries?

    Equity-based Solution:

    Purposeful and Strategic Digital Learning to Transform Education with Eric Sheninger

  • Cassandra Erkens
    February 13, 2018
    Equity Problem of Practice:

    How do educational systems provide feedback to learners that results in accelerated growth for all learners?

    Equity-based Solution:

    Common Core Standards and 21st Century Skills with Cassandra Erkens

  • Jabbar Beig
    February 28, 2018
    Equity Problem of Practice:

    How can we apply brain- and language-based systems to support all learners in their acquisition of rigorous content and academic language?

    Equity-based Solution:

    Teaching at the Core with Jabbar Beig

Trimester 3: Authentic Assessment

Trimester 1: Quality Instruction

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  • Dr. Bill Daggett
    August 17, 2017
    Equity Problem of Practice:

    How can schools stay relevant so that the skills we teach our students adequately prepare them for an ever-changing global economy?

    Equity-based Solution:

    Innovating for Impact: Quad D Learning with Bill Daggett

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  • Lissa Pijanowski
    September 20, 2017
    Equity Problem of Practice:

    What is the impact on student engagement and underachievement when the system denies students of color access to rigorous tasks and coursework?

    Equity-based Solution:

    Creating a Culture for Rigorous Learning for ALL Students with Lissa Pijanowski

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  • Equity Problem of Practice:

    What is the impact of restricting learning opportunities that grant access to the “culture of power”?

    Equity-based Solution:

    Culturally Relevant Pedagogy with Lisa Delpit

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  • Equity Problem of Practice:

    What happens when learners’ access to standards-based core instruction is limited due to preconceived deficits and skill gaps?

    Equity-based Solution:

    Understanding by Design Curriculum and Framework with Jay McTighe

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you join after the first trimester has begun?

Yes, you can join us at any time! We offer registration options for the full year, an individual trimester, or even a single session.

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Do Future Forward Workshops count toward CEU hours?

Yes, our workshops count for hours.

Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in building academic equity is welcome. Our attendees are primarily district and school leadership teams, superintendents, administrators, principals, and teacher leaders.

What are the sessions like?

All sessions are interactive and designed to allow for metacognition as well as application in order to ensure transfer of learning to practice.

What if I can’t attend each session?

Districts may jigsaw the trimester or year-long learning with a team. Assign team members to attend a specific workshop then each team member presents their learning to the whole team.

Is there a discount if I sign up for the whole series?

Yes, if there are four or more workshops left in the series you will receive a discount.

Is there time to plan with our team during the workshops?

Yes, during Trimesters 2 and 3. Trimester 1 is primarily to build background knowledge and shared understanding so that teams can plan effectively.

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We offer registration options for the full year, an individual trimester, or even a single session.

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Who We Are

We guide communities with care toward academic equity. Using research and evidence-based practices, Future Forward Leadership Redesign Institute leads school districts through a process of transformation. It is guided by a comprehensive needs assessment to generate system and strategic implementation for change. Progress is monitored through the use of embedded formative assessments that focus on effective transfer of professional learning into classroom practice for equitable student outcomes.