Today's schools exist in a connected yet troubled world, and the demands placed on them have never been higher. Our world and its problems are increasingly complex and complicated, putting pressure on schools to produce problem solvers driven to contribute to positive change. Schools are mandated to impart "21st century skills" as well as the traditional "3 Rs" of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and to produce strong results in regional and national standardized testing as well as competitive global studies. They are also expected to quickly and creatively integrate new tools and technologies, while also effectively guarding against threats such as cyberbullying and identity theft.

Imagine if there was a global network of future-forward schools determined to rise to the challenge of true 21st century teaching and learning. Connecting these schools would enable them to challenge each other to serve and include every learner, to celebrate achievements beyond just test scores, and to collaborate in learning about and taking action on issues that matter.

Future Friendly Schools is this network. It was established in 2013 to nurture student voice, global citizenship, and environmental stewardship through technology-rich and project-based learning to better engage students in learning and prepare them for life in a time that demands new leaders and ideas.