What is the K-12 Blueprint?

Sponsored by the Intel Corporation, the K-12 Blueprint offers resources for education leaders involved in planning and implementing technology initiatives. Whether you are launching a one-to-one or BYO program, moving from print textbooks to digital content, revamping the curriculum to improve STEM learning, rethinking assessment, or embarking on (or continuing to support) any other ambitious technology-supported initiative, Intel’s Blueprint model can help.

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Why Intel® Education Created the K-12 Blueprint

In hopes of preparing all students—regardless of socioeconomic status—for the modern workforce through digital inclusion, Intel hosted a small conference in 2000, bringing together a group of roughly 30 leaders in the education eco system for a series of collaborative, face-to-face meetings. The participants worked together to create the founding document and principles behind the K-12 Blueprint. The K-12 Blueprint model was based on these conversations and brainstorming sessions—all ideas recorded and all minutes transcribed—with Intel going back to the group to get additional snippets or clarification points.

The discussion focused on the common areas necessary for successful implementation of digital curriculum. Seven areas— Leadership, Policy, Curriculum and Assessment, Funding, Infrastructure, Professional Development, and Results—came up consistently during the discussions, with these are forming the structure of the K-12 Blueprint model.

Intel’s K-12 Blueprint website has grown since its initial inception, with a dedicated team responsible for updating the site with current education-technology news and downloadable tools. The K12 Blueprint expanded into Canada with www.k12blueprint.ca in 2012. The K12 Blueprint also has an active Twitter feed, with news outlets such as the New York Times and USA Today picking up some of the tweets.

Please explore this collection of resources and see how today’s educators can harness the power of data-driven decision-making to optimize instruction and staff productivity. The K12 Blueprint is committed to delivering the latest solutions to help power students for real-world success in both school and beyond.

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The K-12 Blueprint website is brought to you by Intel and produced by Tech & Learning and Clarity Innovations.

Intel believes that young people are the key to solving global challenges. A solid math and science foundation coupled with skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving are crucial for their success. That is why we promote education programs, ambitious policies, and technology access to enable tomorrow’s innovators.

Intel has invested over $1 billion, and its employees have volunteered over 3 million hours to improve education around the world over the last decade. In the United States, we firmly believe that maintaining the country’s competitiveness in today’s global economy will in large part depend on the success of our nation’s students. Intel’s education programs span across the United States and reach students in all 50 states.

Diverse perspectives, abilities, and experiences have always been key to Intel’s success. Our education programs reflect a commitment to excellence. We strive to ensure that all communities including those that are underserved have access to technology. Our goal is to inspire students in every community to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Tech & Learning, now in its 33rd year, is a leading resource for ed tech leaders. Its publications, web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on technology trends, products, and strategies to K-12 decision-makers at both the school and district level. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources related to administrative and instructional uses of technology in K-12 education. Visit us online at www.techlearning.com.

Clarity Innovations is a mission-driven company that makes innovative ideas clear through strategy and development. We envision a future where educators understand and use technology as fluently as they do any other learning tool or instructional strategy—with resourcefulness, confidence, and skill. Our unique, classroom-experienced team has the capability and knowhow to produce the content, technology tools, and professional development resources necessary to enrich our clients' product and service offerings.

The K-12 Blueprint Team

Paige Johnson, Education Strategist, Intel Corporation
Paige Johnson
Education Strategist, Intel Corporation
Judy Salpeter
Editor, K-12 Blueprint
Consulting Editor, Tech & Learning
Melinda Dinin
Program Manager, K-12 Blueprint
Nancy Caramanico, Contributing Editor, K-12 Blueprint
Nancy Caramanico
Contributing Editor, K-12 Blueprint
and Tech & Learning
Ellen Ullman, Contributing Editor, K-12 Blueprint and Tech & Learning
Ellen Ullman
Contributing Editor, K-12 Blueprint
and Tech & Learning
Shawn Liou, Vertical Marketing Campaign Manager, Intel Corporation
Shawn Liou
Vertical Marketing Campaign Manager,
Intel Corporation
Blanca Duarte, President, LogicWing, LLC.
Blanca Duarte
President, LogicWing, LLC.
Steve Burt, Program Manager, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Steve Burt
Program Manager, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Dale Basye, Content Developer, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Dale Basye
Content Developer, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
John Cromett, Client Lead, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
John Cromett
Client Lead, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Tysa Fennern, Technical Producer, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Tysa Fennern
Technical Producer, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Julia Fischer, Professional Development Strategist, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Julia Fischer
Professional Development Strategist,
Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Allison von Behren, Technical Producer, Clarity Innovations, Inc.
Allison von Behren
Technical Producer, Clarity Innovations, Inc. 
Taylor Fischer, Public Relations Strategist, North of Nine Communications
Taylor Fisher
Public Relations Manager, North of Nine Communications
 

 

Key elements for building effective and impactful technology initiatives.

Leadership

The success of any effective technology implementation depends on inspirational and supportive leadership from superintendents and school boards to parents to informal teacher leaders.

Policy

Effective federal, state, and local policy provides the foundation that enables classroom innovation to flourish. Key aspects of effective policy are flexibility, frequent evaluation, and the ability to modify policy as needed to engender true transformation.

Curriculum and Assessment

Teacher involvement, clear program goals, assessment measures, and a sharp vision for how curriculum, content, and instruction need to evolve in order to prepare students for the challenges of the future are all essential.

Funding

The costs and complexity required to implement technology programs are enough to discourage many educators or administrators. Despite these challenges, countless schools and districts — including those in low-income communities — have found the funds to launch or expand winning technology projects.

Infrastructure

Schools are working to find cost-effective solutions that support quality teaching and learning, as well as streamlined administration and management. District leaders must consider infrastructure issues ranging from the choice of mobile computing devices to wireless networking and security implementations.

Professional Development

Professional development is one of the most frequently overlooked aspects of implementing a technology initiative. Effective professional development is ongoing, frequently reinforced, well-supported, and embedded into the daily life of schools.

Results

Every successful education technology should not only end with great results, but also begin with those in mind. Specifying a program’s goals from day one and determining how progress will be measured is a crucial first step. Monitoring results every step of the way—stopping at various points to assess the overall impact of the initiative and determine necessary changes—is also vital to ensuring the success.

K-12 Blueprint Contributors

Alice Barr
Instructional Technology Integrator
Yarmouth School Department, ME
Kyle Berger
Executive Director of Technology
Cedar Hill ISD, TX
Francis Bradburn
Program Director
North Carolina New Schools Project
Lorraine Brooks
Principal
River Dell Regional High School, NJ
Leslie Collings
Director of 21st Century Learning
Rocky View School Division, Alberta, Canada
Karen Fuller
Chief Technology Officer
Klein ISD, TX
Robert Gravina
Chief Information and Technology Officer
Poway Unified School District, CA
 
Michael Gorman
Director of Innovation
Southwest Allen County Schools, IN
Diana Laufenberg
Lead Teacher
Inquiry Schools, Philadelphia, PA
Cheryl Lemke
CEO
Metiri Group
Bob Moore
Founder
RJM Strategies LLC
Kevin Schwartz
Chief Technology Officer
Clear Creek ISD, TX
Michael Stanton
Principal
Nex+Gen Academy, Albuquerque Public Schools, NM
Donna Teuber
Team Leader for Technology Integration
Richland School District Two, SC
Mike Watson
Chief Information Officer
Tippecanoe School District, IN
Craig Williams
Director of Information Services
School District U-46, IL
Marianthe Williams
Director of Technology
River Dell Regional Schools, NJ
Leslie Wilson
CEO
One-to-One Institute