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

Transforming Learning in Baltimore

The Baltimore County Public Schools' STAT program has the goal of equipping students with critical 21st century skills in order to be globally competitive. See an overview of the program in this video.

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Planning and Implementation in Baltimore

The Baltimore County Public Schools' STAT (Students & Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) program has the goal of equipping students with critical 21st century skills in order to be globally competitive. To ensure an equitable, effective digital learning environment BCPS implements 1 to 1 computing that puts an Intel-based 2 in 1 system in every student’s hands to enable a personalized learning environment.

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Are You Locking-Down Your Devices or Locking-Out Your Students?

Taking a close look at our policies means making sure that we are not locking out learning. Read Bob Moore's advice for creating an environment that provides more freedom for learning to teachers and students. 

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Avoid Technology PR Nightmares in Academia

Save your school or district from publicity nightmares. Read this list of practical technology tips from Elliott Levine and maintain the school's reputation, stakeholder relationships and much more. 

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Open Access for Personalizing Learning

Making Personalized Learning come true means assuring immediate, real-time student access to a world of tools and content. Read Donna Teuber's guidelines for schools navigating policy and procedure changes when moving to blended learning models.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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