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

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

School Transformation Process

This Microsoft* guide helps school leaders formulate and implement a vision for change.

Quality Assurance: Monitoring and Evaluation to Inform Practice and Leadership

This Microsoft* resource provides monitoring and evaluation guides and examples for leaders.

Partnerships and Capacity Building

This Microsoft* resource provides an actionable overview of the four pillars of a PPEP transformation.

Education Transformation Framework

This guide is designed to underpin the Microsoft* Education Transformation Framework.

School Transformation Process Poster

This poster from Microsoft illustrates the cyclical process enabling continuous improvement.

Enabling Transformation

This Microsoft* resource provides a short-cut to best practice, speeding up transformation and avoiding the mistakes of the past.

Establishing a Vision

This Microsoft* resource shows the importance of a shared, inclusive vision for your school or system.

Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning and Quality Assurance – Enabling Transformation

This Microsoft* resource provides an overview of the four main steps to ensuring your proposed implementations align with behavioral change.

Sample AUP: Forsyth County Schools

Use this downloadable AUP as a model from which you can adapt and create your own

Sample AUP: Oak Hills Local School District

Use this downloadable AUP as a model from which you can adapt and create your own

Partnerships: Beyond the Pizza Party

We’ve all been there before. Running out to pick up pizza for a school party or to keep people energized as they work long hours. I can’t begin to count the number of pizzas that I’ve purchased in my career as an educator for events like yearbook work sessions and after-school department meetings. And let’s be real. Pizza is easy. It’s cheap. No plates are needed and most people are happy to grab a slice and get back to work.

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Paving the way for Innovation

Many among us have been education transformers for years. We’ve suffered the slings and arrows, good, bad, and ugly.  We’ve witnessed progress and change even when we took 10 steps forward and four steps back.  I think we’d all agree that little has truly changed in the education ecosystem….even with the power of infused technologies.  Invention is elusive.

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Each Shall Be "Super Literate"

Reflecting on Frey's Eight Drivers for Change in Education, Leslie Wilson explores the digital divide between functional and super literates. 

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Inertia and Hope

Leslie Wilson takes a look at the ‘good’, ‘bad’, and ‘ugly’ of education technology. 

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Are You Teaching Freelancing?

It is estimated that 7.6 million Americans working in the on-demand economy by 2020. David Jakes explores the need to address the growing career trend of 'freelancer'. 

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Driving Change: Do Today’s Superintendents Go Far Enough?

Are today's superintendents focusing on student outcomes with the necessary vision, strategy and high quality leadership? Read Leslie Wilson's insights about what industry leaders have to offer and what that can mean for technology and learning today. 

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What the Demise of Ringling Brothers Foreshadows for Educational Institutions

With education being as Elliott Levine describes it 'the most important work on earth', it is imperative that we heed the lessons in other changing or disappearing institution. Read Elliott's analysis and advice on the topic. 

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Microsoft Technology Planning Resources

Microsoft works with hundreds of thousands of schools and school systems to solve big problems. Here are resources to guide school leaders as they transform schools with a vision to empower students to achieve more.

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Finding a Balance with Social Media

What are the best strategies for fitting social media into our lives as educators, leaders and members of the community? Read Donna Teuber's insights for designing a strategy that works best for you. 

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Does Hamilton’s 2016 Speech Hold a Lesson for EdTech Leaders?

Today's news can inspire us with themes to delve into for educational technology. View Elliott Levine's insights and suggestions for edtech leaders and practitioners. 

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