Advocate for policies, procedures, programs, and funding strategies to support implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines

My school district is very much focused on equity of opportunity. Equity of opportunity is the first point in our district vision and technology plan. Our technology at a district level is distributed in a way that is equitable to all students. The devices are in place ready to be used by students and teachers, but as a coach there is still work to be done ensuring that teacher practice incorporates technology into instruction. Building a partnership with administrators in school buildings and with the leadership teams is one way that coaches can help to advocate for dedicated resources from the school to support the vision of the district technology plan. As I talked about before, coaches uniquely are also able to hear and participate in discussions at school and bring information and needs back to the school district office to find ways to support each building. Those supports might include things like fuding or training. In my post Best Practices in Professional Learning: Admin as Building Tech Leaders I write about a couple different procedures and policies that support a school’s alignment with a district vision. First, I advocate for building administrators to be instructional technology leaders. They can do this by highlighting exceptional practices used by staff members, or learning to use tools staff are using with students and demonstrating them in a staff meeting. Another way to support the district vision is to include some teachers who are focused on the use of instructional technology on the building leadership team. That makes sure a voice for instructional technology is present at leadership meetings.

I think that a clear website displaying instructional technology tools that are approved for use is necessary in order for a district to clearly demonstrate their commitment to the use of instructional technology. A clear website like the one from Denver Public Schools gives teachers and administrators one place to look for approved technology tools. It also starts to show the general public what you are doing to support the development of 21st century learners. They can see what tools may be used in the classroom based on those approved on the website. One final reason to use a website similar to the Academic Technology Menu from DPS is that it clearly states the approval of tools, including whether or not they are supported by professional development and if parent permission is needed. A district created website that highlights approved tools and shares whether or not professional development support will be offered for each tool would help reinforce the district vision for technology for all staff and community members to see.

For more information see my complete posts Best Practices in Professional Learning: Admin as Building Tech Leaders and Collaboration Across Districts in Technology Selection

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