The focus of Substandard 1a is the development, communication, and implementation of a shared vision for technology use. Having a shared vision is essential. Beginning with the end in mind helps frame key decisions and create a criteria for success.
During the 2016-2017 school year, I had the opportunity to serve on the Future Ready Schools committee at my former school. Future Ready Schools (FRS) is a framework for implementing educational technology at the district level in order to prepare all students (especially those in under-served and socioeconomically disadvantaged schools) for the future. It is a nationwide initiative funded in part by taxpayers.
Most people agree that students need technology skills to prepare them for the future, but what exactly that looks like can vary greatly from school to school, or even classroom to classroom in the same school. FRS is a framework that can remedy that ambiguity. The framework is a five-step process which includes creating a leadership team, completing a self-analysis, collecting data from stakeholders, implementing an action plan, and measuring the progress made. The process can be repeated as necessary.
Below, I reflect on how the FRS initiative provides an effective framework for developing a unified vision of technology within a district.
My other piece of evidence for this Substandard is my personal vision for effective Digital Leadership.