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

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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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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Driving Dynamic School Transformation

Transforming schools today requires a coordinated approach involving tech tools, professional development and learning systems. Read as Leslie Wilson looks at a critical challenge highlighted in the K12 Edition of the Horizon Report and discusses ways to address it. 

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Don't Forget to Stop and Celebrate Successes

How often do you take the time to celebrate successes at your school? Read about how one district has designed a win-win for all! 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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