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
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