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November 1-3, 2023

Killington Grand Resort Hotel, Killington VT

Future Ready Schools Leadership Forum at Vermont Fest


The Future Ready Schools® and Vita-Learn’s Vermont Fest Conference are joining together to offer the (FRS) Leadership Forum as a pre-conference workshop on November 1, 2023. This one-day personalized professional learning event is designed to help innovative educators (district leaders, principals, instructional leaders/coaches, librarians) learn how to lead and support a culture of excellence and innovation in their school/district.

Join like-minded education leaders to learn and grow through an interactive professional learning agenda that will spark ideas and actions for weaving digital innovation into practice.

Please note that you may register for the Future Ready Schools Leadership Forum only. We’d love for you to stay for the rest of the conference. If you do stay for a day of Vermont Fest, you will receive a 25% discount on your pre-conference registration cost. If you stay for the entire event, your pre-conference registration will be reduced by 50%


  • Create conditions that promote/support innovation and deeper levels of learning through use of technology
  • Showcase strategies and tools to support the integration of innovative digital tools across curriculum areas
  • Highlight the importance of personalized professional learning for educators
  • Identify solutions that ensure budget sustainability for long term integration of innovative digital tools
  • Problem solve roadblocks and share successes around digital innovation

During the forum, participants will:

  • Build a network with like-minded educators who support empowerment and leadership
  • Begin to shift professional practices to support innovation across the curriculum
  • Leverage new and compelling practices to shift instructional practices
  • Understand the latest research and emerging practices that support digital learning innovation
  • Engage in honest and authentic conversations around successes, roadblocks, and hurdles
  • Create a personalized action plan to make change happen

Who should attend?

  1. Technology leaders
  2. Principals
  3. Curriculum directors
  4. Instructional coaches
  5. Districts leaders
  6. Teacher librarians
  7. Library directors

Draft Agenda

  • 10:00 a.m. Registration (Coffee and Continental Breakfast)
  • Welcome and Overview of the Day
  • Defining Innovation & Five Conditions of Innovation
  • Panel: Digital Leadership & Innovation
  • Research in Action: Digital Literacy and Equity of Access
  • Understanding What Works:
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch (Network and Connect)
  • Digital Leadership Resources
  • Student Panel -Digital Learning in Action
  • Designing a “Portrait of an Innovator”
  • Making it Happen
  • 4:00 p.m. Adjourn


Shannon Miller head shot

Future Ready Librarian Spokesperson and District Teacher Librarian, Van Meter Community School (IA)

Bill Bass - head shot

Innovation Coordinator, Instructional Technology, Information, and Library Media, Parkway Schools (MO)

Future Ready Advisor and Director of Technology and Media Services, Newton County School System (GA)


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ISTE Making It Happen Award
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