ISTE Standards for EDUCATION LEADERS

The ISTE Standards for Education Leaders support the implementation of the ISTE Standards for Students and the ISTE Standards for Educators and provide a framework for guiding digital age learning. These standards target the knowledge and behaviors required for leaders to empower teachers and make student learning possible. They’re focused on some of the most timely, yet enduring, topics in education today – equity, digital citizenship, visioneering, team and systems building, continuous improvement and professional growth.

 

Explore the Education Leaders Standards

1

Equity and Citizenship Advocate

Leaders use technology to increase equity, inclusion, and digital citizenship practices. Education leaders:

1a

Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

Ensure all students have skilled teachers: For example, hiring for or building the quality and skill level of educators to effectively use technology through professional development and support; closing digital usage and access gaps.

Ensure all students have skilled teachers: For example, hiring for or building the quality and skill level of educators to effectively use technology through professional development and support; closing digital usage and access gaps.

1b

Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities..

Ensure all students have access: Lead and advocate for equitable and sufficient access; for example, to make devices, bandwidth and online resources available to all students at school, home or public areas through policies, funding, partnerships and collaborations
Authentic and engaging learning opportunities: Learning made possible or improved by the use of technology, digital tools and digital resources; for example, by increasing personalization and differentiation, participating in real-time and asynchronous virtual collaboration, and accessing experts and real-world data.

Ensure all students have access: Lead and advocate for equitable and sufficient access; for example, to make devices, bandwidth and online resources available to all students at school, home or public areas through policies, funding, partnerships and collaborations

Authentic and engaging learning opportunities: Learning made possible or improved by the use of technology, digital tools and digital resources; for example, by increasing personalization and differentiation, participating in real-time and asynchronous virtual collaboration, and accessing experts and real-world data.

1c

Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.

Model: Intentionally adopt and demonstrate best practices to lead and teach others
Critically evaluate online resources: Assess the credibility and usefulness of data, multimedia and other information resources found online for accuracy, authorship, timeliness and bias
Contribute to positive social change: For example, use collaborative tools to engage in virtual social action and leverage online strategies, such as crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and social entrepreneurship

Model: Intentionally adopt and demonstrate best practices to lead and teach others

Critically evaluate online resources: Assess the credibility and usefulness of data, multimedia and other information resources found online for accuracy, authorship, timeliness and bias

Contribute to positive social change: For example, use collaborative tools to engage in virtual social action and leverage online strategies, such as crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and social entrepreneurship

1d

Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.

Cultivate: Model best practices and behaviors; lead, mentor and support others
Safe use of technology: Interactions online or with technology that keep you out of harm’s way, such as being careful and deliberate about how much and what kind of personal information you release online as well as protecting yourself from scams, phishing schemes, poor purchasing practices and e-commerce theft
Ethical use: Interactions online or with technology that align with your ethical code, such as preventing or refraining from engaging in cyberbullying, trolling or scamming
Legal use: Interactions online or with technology that are mindful of the law, such as abiding by copyright and fair use laws, respecting network protections by not hacking them and refraining from using another’s identify

<Cultivate: Model best practices and behaviors; lead, mentor and support others

Safe use of technology: Interactions online or with technology that keep you out of harm’s way, such as being careful and deliberate about how much and what kind of personal information you release online as well as protecting yourself from scams, phishing schemes, poor purchasing practices and e-commerce theft

Ethical use: Interactions online or with technology that align with your ethical code, such as preventing or refraining from engaging in cyberbullying, trolling or scamming

Legal use: Interactions online or with technology that are mindful of the law, such as abiding by copyright and fair use laws, respecting network protections by not hacking them and refraining from using another’s identify

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Visionary Planner

Leaders engage others in establishing a vision, strategic plan and ongoing evaluation cycle for transforming learning with technology. Education leaders:

2a

Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.

Education stakeholders: Includes a wide range of roles, including educators, staff, parents and students, and also may include community leaders, education experts, business leaders and others whose voices contribute to a successful outcome
Shared vision: Work together with common purpose and foresight to visualize the full potential of technology to transform learning and teaching
Learning sciences: Interdisciplinary field bringing together research findings from cognitive, social and cultural psychology, neuroscience and learning environments, among others, with the goal of implementing learning innovations and improving instructional practice

Education stakeholders: Includes a wide range of roles, including educators, staff, parents and students, and also may include community leaders, education experts, business leaders and others whose voices contribute to a successful outcome

Shared vision: Work together with common purpose and foresight to visualize the full potential of technology to transform learning and teaching

Learning sciences: Interdisciplinary field bringing together research findings from cognitive, social and cultural psychology, neuroscience and learning environments, among others, with the goal of implementing learning innovations and improving instructional practice

2b

Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.

2c

Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.

Evaluate progress on strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact: For example, build in data collection, benchmarks, metrics and regular reviews to provide evidence that efforts remain aligned with the vision and guide changes in tactics or strategies
Scale effective approaches: For example, move successful experiments or instances of innovation from pilot to rollout across a system to accelerate change

Evaluate progress on strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact: For example, build in data collection, benchmarks, metrics and regular reviews to provide evidence that efforts remain aligned with the vision and guide changes in tactics or strategies

Scale effective approaches: For example, move successful experiments or instances of innovation from pilot to rollout across a system to accelerate change

2d

Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather input on the plan, celebrate successes and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.

Communicate effectively: Leverage technology to keep stakeholders informed or to get their feedback; for example, by using online surveys, online communities or collaborative digital work spaces
Celebrate successes: Recognize progress made on the implementation of the strategic plan and the impact it is having on student learning
Continuous improvement: A process that involves collecting data at regular intervals to inform changes and make strategic plan implementation more efficient or effective

Communicate effectively: Leverage technology to keep stakeholders informed or to get their feedback; for example, by using online surveys, online communities or collaborative digital work spaces

Celebrate successes: Recognize progress made on the implementation of the strategic plan and the impact it is having on student learning

Continuous improvement: A process that involves collecting data at regular intervals to inform changes and make strategic plan implementation more efficient or effective

2e

Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

Share: Use digital tools and outlets, such as social media, news media, school system websites, digital newsletters or presentations, to communicate with a broader community
Lessons learned, best practices, challenges and impact: As the strategic plan gets implemented, reflect on, document and share the status so that others can replicate successes, avoid unintended consequences and inform their own planning

Share: Use digital tools and outlets, such as social media, news media, school system websites, digital newsletters or presentations, to communicate with a broader community

Lessons learned, best practices, challenges and impact: As the strategic plan gets implemented, reflect on, document and share the status so that others can replicate successes, avoid unintended consequences and inform their own planning

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Empowering Leader

Leaders create a culture where teachers and learners are empowered to use technology in innovative ways to enrich teaching and learning. Education leaders:

3a

Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.

Empower educators: Create a working environment based on shared learning, teaching goals and distributed leadership that involves transparent decision making, willingness to accept feedback from peers and subordinates, collaboration on establishing policies, and trusting and mobilizing teaching staff to make appropriate decisions
Exercise professional agency: Take responsibility for and ownership of goals and learning and work strategies
Teacher leadership: Educators who advocate for students, collaborate and share with colleagues, are willing to experiment and take measured risk, and who work with administration to establish strategic directions for the school, especially with regard to curriculum and instruction
Personalized professional learning: Opportunities for educators and other staff to identify what and how to learn to meet their professional goals

Empower educators: Create a working environment based on shared learning, teaching goals and distributed leadership that involves transparent decision making, willingness to accept feedback from peers and subordinates, collaboration on establishing policies, and trusting and mobilizing teaching staff to make appropriate decisions

Exercise professional agency: Take responsibility for and ownership of goals and learning and work strategies

Teacher leadership: Educators who advocate for students, collaborate and share with colleagues, are willing to experiment and take measured risk, and who work with administration to establish strategic directions for the school, especially with regard to curriculum and instruction

Personalized professional learning: Opportunities for educators and other staff to identify what and how to learn to meet their professional goals

3b

Build the confidence and competency of educators to put the ISTE Standards for Students and Educators into practice.

3c

Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.

Culture of innovation: Create a work environment that values calculated risk-taking, experimentation and constructive examination of the results

Culture of innovation: Create a work environment that values calculated risk-taking, experimentation and constructive examination of the results

3d

Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.

Meets diverse learning, cultural and social-emotional needs: For example, provides culturally reflective curriculum, language supports, assistive technologies and personalized learning

Meets diverse learning, cultural and social-emotional needs: For example, provides culturally reflective curriculum, language supports, assistive technologies and personalized learning

3e

Develop learning assessments that provide a personalized, actionable view of student progress in real time.

Learning assessments: Evaluation of student learning that uses technology, including evaluations that reflect student choice and provide evidence of meeting certain competencies, such as e-portfolios or tools and applications that make reflection transparent, allow for peer review, embed questions or surveys and allow for voice or video recording
Personalized, actionable view of student progress: For example, tools and applications embedded with real-time learning analytics that provide timely and precise feedback and inform instruction

Learning assessments: Evaluation of student learning that uses technology, including evaluations that reflect student choice and provide evidence of meeting certain competencies, such as e-portfolios or tools and applications that make reflection transparent, allow for peer review, embed questions or surveys and allow for voice or video recording

Personalized, actionable view of student progress: For example, tools and applications embedded with real-time learning analytics that provide timely and precise feedback and inform instruction

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Systems Designer

Leaders build teams and systems to implement, sustain and continually improve the use of technology to support learning. Education leaders:

4a

Lead teams to collaboratively establish robust infrastructure and systems needed to implement the strategic plan.

Robust infrastructure and systems: Sufficient bandwidth, network and enterprise software and applications that are interoperable and able to consistently meet peak usage demands across the organization

Robust infrastructure and systems: Sufficient bandwidth, network and enterprise software and applications that are interoperable and able to consistently meet peak usage demands across the organization

4b

Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.

Resources: Financial or human capital
Sufficient and scalable: Able to meet current needs and anticipate and plan for future needs

Resources: Financial or human capital

Sufficient and scalable: Able to meet current needs and anticipate and plan for future needs

4c

Protect privacy and security by ensuring that students and staff observe effective privacy and data management policies.

Protect privacy and security: Protect information and data through precautionary planning and actions, such as training to establish and maintain best practices among staff and students, complying with state and federal regulations for protecting student data and privacy, and choosing technology products and vendors that have robust privacy policies and security capabilities
Data management policies: A set of data privacy laws and best practices to maintain vigilance in the face of innovations in cybercrime

Protect privacy and security: Protect information and data through precautionary planning and actions, such as training to establish and maintain best practices among staff and students, complying with state and federal regulations for protecting student data and privacy, and choosing technology products and vendors that have robust privacy policies and security capabilities

Data management policies: A set of data privacy laws and best practices to maintain vigilance in the face of innovations in cybercrime

4d

Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.

Establish partnerships: Cultivate useful connections with other school systems; local businesses and leaders; political leaders and staff; and/or companies, nonprofits, and other service providers

Establish partnerships: Cultivate useful connections with other school systems; local businesses and leaders; political leaders and staff; and/or companies, nonprofits, and other service providers

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Connected Learner

Leaders model and promote continuous professional learning for themselves and others. Education leaders:

5a

Set goals to remain current on emerging technologies for learning, innovations in pedagogy and advancements in the learning sciences .

Emerging technologies: For example, new software, applications, tools and devices that can be used for educational purposes
Innovations in pedagogy: Teaching methods and instruction that are improved by the use of technologies
Learning sciences: As research provides new information about how we learn, examine and implement how those findings can be applied with the system’s educators and students

Emerging technologies: For example, new software, applications, tools and devices that can be used for educational purposes

Innovations in pedagogy: Teaching methods and instruction that are improved by the use of technologies

Learning sciences: As research provides new information about how we learn, examine and implement how those findings can be applied with the system’s educators and students

5b

Participate regularly in online professional learning networks to collaboratively learn with and mentor other professionals.

Professional learning networks: Virtual avenue for connecting with others to improve professional skills

Professional learning networks: Virtual avenue for connecting with others to improve professional skills

5c

Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.

Reflective practices: Think about your actions, your motivations and the outcomes, and then plan for future endeavors in an effort to learn and improve

Reflective practices: Think about your actions, your motivations and the outcomes, and then plan for future endeavors in an effort to learn and improve

5d

Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.

Skills needed to lead and navigate change: For example, building buy-in, listening, mentoring, providing opportunities for everyone to contribute, keeping vision and priorities at the forefront of stakeholders’ thinking, breaking down silos
Advance systems: Decisions about how to prioritize and sequence change based on opportunities and dependencies within the system
Mindset of continuous improvement: For example, resilience, persistence, tolerance for uncertainty, willingness to learn, openness to feedback

Skills needed to lead and navigate change: For example, building buy-in, listening, mentoring, providing opportunities for everyone to contribute, keeping vision and priorities at the forefront of stakeholders’ thinking, breaking down silos

Advance systems: Decisions about how to prioritize and sequence change based on opportunities and dependencies within the system

Mindset of continuous improvement: For example, resilience, persistence, tolerance for uncertainty, willingness to learn, openness to feedback

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