Together We’re Better. Together We’re Future Ready.

October Challenge: Strength

During this time of social distancing, connecting and collaborating virtually have become priorities for most of us—and a lifeline for many. In countless ways, mandated isolation actually has brought us closer together as we find creative ways to foster professional learning networks (PLNs) by finding and following pertinent topics, reach out to others for recommendations and resources, and lean on our colleagues and mentors.

The strength of community is in the connection. This month, we’re focusing on strengthening our connections and PLNs through social media platforms. Together, we’ll build a network of like-minded educators committed to being better, stronger, and reflective, every day and everywhere.

These monthly challenges are meant to inspire and provide opportunities for you to learn, listen, and lead within your PLN. We encourage you to use whichever social media platforms are most effective for you. While the challenges aren’t required, each completed challenge (posted and tagged on social media, of course) enters you into a drawing for prizes.

“When people are determined, they can overcome anything.”—Nelson Mandela


1. Follow @OfficialDLDay @FutureReady on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Connect with and welcome a new person to your PLN and use the #DLDAY2021 #FutureReady hashtags.

Subscribe to our Future Ready Schools® podcasts:

  • Leading Through Unprecedented Times
  • Undisrupted
  • Coaching Through Uncertainty
  • Leading from the Library

2. Share on your social media channels the podcast cover or episode title that has strengthen your practice.

Tag a colleague to encourage your friends to check out the episode. Use the #DLDay2021 #FutureReady hashtags.



1. Check out the FRS online guide to high-quality remote instruction:

Share a favorite takeaway and tag a colleague using #DLDAY2021 #FutureReady.

2. Register for an upcoming FRS virtual event at

Post which event you plan to attend and tag colleague(s) to encourage them to join you. Use #DLDAY2021 #FutureReady.

3. Share why you believe we are stronger together.

Tag a colleague/mentor whose connection has strengthened you and include #DLDAY2021 #FutureReady.