Essential Conditions

Supportive external context

Policies and initiatives at the national, regional and local levels to support schools and teacher preparation programs in the effective implementation of technology for achieving curriculum and learning technology standards

What is it?

A supportive external environment provides fertile ground where a technology initiative can take root. Initiatives and policies that are favorable toward technology implementation — at the local, regional or national level — allow schools and teachers to develop the skills they need to apply technology in ways that address curriculum and learning standards.

Why is it important?

Education reform at any level, from local to national, has a tremendous impact on what gets implemented within a school or district. For example, the Common Core State Standards have activated a new approach to learning in many states. Similarly, a school or district’s access to adequate funding for a technology initiative can depend heavily on whether the state’s budget reflects education as a priority.

External influences can either support or challenge a technology integration plan, and education leaders need to be aware of how they can leverage these influences to their advantage.

What does it look like?

Although the external environment lies outside of a school or district’s direct control, education leaders can influence change with enough time, energy and effort. The ISTE Standards for Administrators prioritize proactive advocacy through:

  • Building awareness of relevant policies and their impact on local schools
  • Positioning the school or system to take advantage of future policies or programs in ways that move the technology vision forward

Join the movement

Based on the ISTE Essential Conditions, the Lead & Transform movement provides district superintendents, CTOs, CIOs, school leaders and other decision makers with a roadmap for planning and building a successful systemwide tech initiative.

More

Get a custom report

Evaluate your school or district’s progress toward technology integration with the Lead & Transform diagnostic tool. You'll get data that will help you identify where you align with the ISTE Essential Conditions and where you have room to grow.

More

Supportive external context resources

Planning

State Profiles
   Website   

Implementation

Policy News and Information
   Website   
AASA Advocacy Toolkit 2013
   Website   

Reflection and Refinement

ISTE Advocacy Toolkit
   Website   
ISTE Take Action
   Website   
Podcast - ISTE Books Author Interview Episode 31: Hilary Goldman
   Podcast