Policy and Leadership

Exciting changes are taking place in education. And all of these changes require sound policy and strong leadership that focuses school technology-use on instruction and equity while protecting students, enlisting stakeholder support, and educating the entire school community about responsible and ethical Internet use. This toolkit is designed to help school leaders evaluate current policies and approaches and consider what changes might be necessary in order to keep pace in a rapidly changing world.

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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.”

School CIO Priorities for 2015

What priorities do School CIOs need to prioritize in 2015? Read Bob Moore's high level view of factors essential to today's digital learning environments. 

Don’t Over-Enterprise Your School IT

Does your school run 'like a business' when it comes to IT? Read Bob Moore's advice on when it might be best to apply business practices and not. 

K12 CIO Priorities for 2015

Technology is extending and replacing traditional tools and resources. Bob Moore suggests five areas of priority every CIO should focus on in 2015.

BYOD Considerations for K12 Schools

While BYOD may seem a natural evolution of education technology, district leaders need to carefully consider what they are trying to achieve with a BYOD program and how that program is implemented.

Innovation as Mindset

What are the characteristics of an innovative mindset? How can schools create an innovative culture? Explore these questions along with David Jakes. 

Data Security: The First Step to Protect Student Privacy

In this analyst report, Bob Moore presents the practical steps that every school technology leader should be taking to ensure security of data, with protecting privacy as the end in mind. 

New Expectations for Tech Directors and How CETL Can Help

Districts must take a look at the ever expanding role of Technology Directors. Learn about the CETL certification by COSN and how it can support change in schools. 

Scaling Initiatives For Positive Student Impact

Want to get results when scaling innovation? Read these insightful suggestions by Donna Teuber. 

Five Critical Points for Rethinking School Leadership

What perspectives make a difference when implementing school change and improvement? Read these five top considerations for school leaders from David Jakes. 

Technology Advice Every Superintendent Should Hear

What should superintendents be thinking about when it comes to furthering effective uses of technology? Read Bob Moore's advice for supporting schools now and in the future. 



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