Policy and Leadership

Exciting changes are taking place in education, requiring sound policy and strong leadership that focuses school technology-use on instruction and equity. This toolkit is designed to help school leaders evaluate current policies and considers what might be necessary in order to keep pace in this rapidly evolving world.

All Policy and Leadership toolkit files

A zip file containing all the downloadable files listed below.

Policy and Leadership Toolkit Resource Matrix

An easy-to-use overview of the resources found within the K-12 Blueprint Policy and Leadership Toolkit, along with suggested uses. 

AUP Examples

Download the attached PDF that links to a variety of Acceptable Use Policies that focus on student learning.

Technology Plan Examples

The attached PDF contains links to a variety of technology plans from districts accross the United States that represent both Rural and Urban School Districts.

Flipped Classroom Policy Implications

Educators interested in ways to use technology to improve student learning are exploring the idea of a "flipped" classroom. This resource provides additional detail on what the flipped approach entails and policies that impact.

Introduction to Project Red

Project Red is a coalition of research organizations focused on supporting school leaders in the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning, specifically through one-to-one computing programs. 

Making the Right Technology Decisions for your District

As laptops, smartphones, and tablets become more available and cost-effective, one-to-one computing is becoming a more viable option for many school districts. The success of one-to-one computing depends on several issues that must be addressed through research and policy considerations.

Policy Presentation for School Boards

Download this sample presentation file (Microsoft PowerPoint*) that you can modify and adapt for your own use

Policy Presentation for Administrators

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Policy Presentation for Staff and Faculty

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Policy Presentation for Parents

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1Two1 in Richland County School District Two

Thoughtful planning and organization, a focus on equity, and choosing the right device were keys to a successful 1:1 for this South Carolina district.

Teamwork Takes This Texas District’s 1:1 Program to the Next Level

It’s been several years since we first profiled Klein ISD’s one-to-one program. In this update we look at what’s happened over eight years in this pioneering district.

1:1 Laptops Set the Stage for District-Wide Innovation

Twelve years ago, Roanoke County Public Schools (RCPS) in Virginia handed out Dell laptops to the ninth-grade students at its new high school and students attending the Engineering Academy. Today, all 5,000 high school students and 1,400 teachers in the district are part of the Dell Latitude 1:1 program.

Community Support and Personalized Learning in Clear Creek ISD

Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) in Texas began its 1:1 initiative in a thoughtful and careful manner, by involving community members in the planning process, investing heavily in professional learning, and gradually phasing in devices across the district.

A District CIO Shares 10 Keys to One-to-One Success

HP 2 in 1 devices, comfy student workspaces, extensive professional development, and a commitment to continuous improvement all characterize Tippecanoe School Corporation’s successful approach to technology in education.

A One-to-One District Eight Years Later

Debbie Rice, of Auburn City Schools in Alabama, talks about her district’s choice of HP 2 in 1 devices; effective professional development; and how to sustain one-to-one.

Planning + PD = One-to-One Success in MO District

Michael Mason, superintendent of Reeds Spring School District in Missouri, doesn’t remember exactly when he knew a one-to-one program was in his district’s future, but he thinks it probably happened three years ago. “Some schools in our area were discussing 1:1 and I thought it was time to start talking about it with my colleagues. What would it look like? How would we do it?” he explains. 

Crescent Public Schols' One-to-One Laptops

The Crescent Public School District in central Oklahoma that serves about 600 students in a population with 60% eligible for free or reduced lunch hosts a one-to-one laptop program for its middle and high school students. 

Providing Rural Students Access to Technology

Faced with the decline of the local textile industry, in 2009 the rural Piedmont City School district in northeastern Alabama, began MPower, a program to provide laptops to all students in Grades 4-12.

One-to-One in the Asheboro City Schools

According to a state web site, “The guiding mission of the North Carolina State Board of Education is that every public school student will graduate from high school, globally competitive for work and postsecondary education, and prepared for life in the 21st century.”

CTOs Need to Know the Business of IT

A thriving CTO needs a toolkit consisting of much more than technology skills. Read Bob Moore's tried and true insights about CTO's and the need for a solid set of business skills.

Elliott's Two Cents: Technology Can Help Compete For & Retain More Higher Education Students

Is technology being used to deliver transformative education in higher education settings? Look at Elliott Levine's key points to bringing results that matter. 

School Transformation from the Ground Up

Building transformative learning and a supporting 1:1 program requires dedication, hard work and vision. Principal Jennifer Mullenax explains how leadership with a clear vision made a difference for students at Halstead Academy in Baltimore County.

Teachers Matter When it Comes to Protecting Privacy

Privacy is a topic of critical concern for school administrators and IT leaders. Read as Bob Moore explores the role of another essential group - teachers. 

Bringing Learning into the 21st Century at MDCPS

A new video showcasing educators bringing blended learning and engaging content to fundamentally transform education at Miami Dade County Public Schools. See how their new technology is changing they way they teach. 

Elliott's Two Cents: Stop Arguing about Technology - Focus on Transforming Learning

Device decisions are important ones. However, the learning taking place must be the most important focus. Read insights by Elliott Levine. 

Get Your Dreams On the Calendar

As back to school rapidly approaches, it is time for looking ahead and planning solidly for success in the new school year. Read as Hank Thiele explores options for both planning and implementing for future successes. 

Edtech on the Horizon Proves Both Promising and Challenging

The Horizon Report for K-12 reveals some wicked challenges. Read as Leslie Wilson explores school approaches to meeting these challenges. 

Reminder for Leaders - Recognition Matters

Education technology and those of us who work in it have kind of taken it on the chin over the years. We’re told that it technology too expensive and that we can’t prove the value. Teachers and students complain that they don’t have sufficient support or get enough PD, but those are the first budgets cut. We’re put on the hot seat for getting ready for online assessment without sufficient resources or guidance. Then we get blamed for not protecting student privacy and data security. And why can’t we make up our minds when it comes to devices and BYOD?

Thinking Outside of the Box, v2.0

Is your organization innovative? David Jakes examines the necessary shift needed for being an innovative school. 



Introducing the New Get Active Guidebook

The adoption of active learning techniques means discarding the traditional notion of what a “classroom” is and developing a new type of contemporary learning space: one that is more flexible, agile adaptive and equipped with technology to both personalize and expand conditions for learning.

The comprehensive research, real-world examples, insights and exercises contained within the pages of Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces for Student Success provide that crucial first step for any educator or administrator looking to support today’s learners with active learning concepts that will best prepare them for tomorrow’s world.