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 downloadable Policy and Leadership toolkit resources

Policy and Leadership Toolkit Resource Matrix

An easy-to-use overview of all K-12 Blueprint Policy and Leadership Toolkit resources with suggested uses

AUP Examples

Links to a variety of Acceptable Use Policies focusing on student learning

Technology Plan Examples

Links to a variety of technology plans from both rural and urban school districts across the United States

Flipped Classroom Policy Implications

Additional details on what this approach entails and the policies that impact flipped classroom

Introduction to Project Red

A coalition of research organizations focused on supporting school leaders in the effective use of technology

Making the Right Technology Decisions for your District

One-to-one computing success depends on several issues that must be addressed through research and policy considerations

Policy Presentation for School Boards

A sample Policy presentation that can be modified and adapted for your own use

Policy Presentation for Administrators

A sample Policy presentation that can be modified and adapted for your own use

Policy Presentation for Staff and Faculty

A sample Policy presentation that can be modified and adapted for your own use

Policy Presentation for Parents

A sample Policy presentation that can be modified and adapted for your own use

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.

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.”

Essential Steps for Edtech Success

True educational leaders know that there is no such thing as an overnight success. True success takes, time, perseverance and tenacity. Read as Leslie Wilson outlines essential pieces in the journey for success. 

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Running IT Like a Business

When do schools need to operate like businesses? Read Bob Moore's insights, Listening to the consumer may matter more today than it ever did. 

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Tristen - Student Advice on Social Media

Social Media - What do the students say? Read for ideas and insights from Richland 2 student, Tristen Prescott. 

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Top Leadership Voices Blog Posts of 2015

What leadership insights are resonating most when it comes to successful Edtech initiatives in schools? Read the Top Leadership Voices Blog Posts of 2015.

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Risky Business

Doing something new or something different is a risk. Read insights from David Jakes and learn how strategy can make all the difference between success and failure. 

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Why Technology Matters in Education

In the last few years, education technology has grown from an innovative new trend to a key component of the modern classroom. Technology prepares students to be competitive in today’s workforce – and for the jobs of tomorrow that don’t yet exist – by providing opportunities to learn vital skills such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration and digital literacy.

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Ten Things IT Needs to Know About Cloud

Published by Intel, this FAQ document helps answer 10 common questions to help IT managers get started in developing and IT Cloud strategy for their school or district. 

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Elliott's Two Cents: The 7-second Edtech Sound Bites that Scream “Disaster in the Making”

The ability to communicate a well thought out educational technology plan replete with learning strategies and outcomes is essential. Read Elliott Levine's list of telling statements to avoid. 

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The Dangers of Saying 'No' to Edtech

When examining technology in schools, a close look at uses and applications is essential - both now and into the future. Read Leslie Wilson's insights on recent critiques for educational technology. 

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Back in the CTO Saddle!

There are many ways to dedicate your life to serving schools, teachers and students. Read as Bob Moore reflects on a life's work and new directions. 

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