Policy & 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

Policy and Leadership Toolkit Overview Infographic

A visual organizer to help support your school policy and leadership efforts

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 when presenting to school boards

Policy Presentation for Administrators

A sample Policy presentation that can be modified and adapted for your own use when presenting to administrators

Policy Presentation for Staff and Faculty

A sample Policy presentation that can be modified and adapted for your own use when presenting to staff and faculty

Policy Presentation for Parents

A sample Policy presentation that can be modified and adapted for your own use when presenting to parents

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.”

Making Bold Moves Towards a Bright Future

Re-imagining our classrooms can mean letting go of how we have always done things! Read Donna Teuber's advice for building promising new ideas for the future. 

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Key Implementation Factors for Edtech Success - Project Red

Project RED III results are in!  Last month at ISTE, we released initial findings. Read about the initial findings. 

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NEW ISTE Standards for Students

Learn all about the new ISTE Technology Standards for Students. View available resources for review and implementation. 

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Putting Teachers in the Driver’s Seat

How do we provide teachers with agency for leadership in their schools? Read Donna Teuber's insights to learn about the benefits and means for empowering teacher leaders in your school or district. 

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Technology for Technology's Sake is Meaningless

John Dewey's ideas on school reform continue to ring true even in today's digital age. Read Leslie Wilson's reflection on why schools today must always seek a successful path forward when using educational technologies. 

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Reinventing the Urban Education Experience

When transformation is afoot, you know it is happening and you work collaboratively and passionately to support it. Read Kevin Schwartz's story on Austin ISD's initiative. 

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The Perfect Blend - Teacher and Technology

When and how to best use technology are critical questions for today's teacher. Read Sam Morris' insights on finding the right blend. 

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Educate & Engage 2016: The Parent-Teacher Conference

With technology changing so rapidly, I often feel like there is a disconnect in terms of what a lot of parents understand about technology and how it is being used in schools today. Organizing this event was a response to that problem.

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3 Types of Change Readiness

When forging ahead with change, school leadership needs to understand the dynamics of each type of change. Read Leslie Wilson's insights for determining readiness for change. 

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Resurfacing

Creating the learning experiences our students must have requires reflection. Read Kevin Schwartz' post on how new perspectives can help us to see challenges and priorities with fresh eyes.

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