Shared Vision

As district and school leaders initiate the planning process, a shared vision serves as a firm compass point for how technology will support teaching and learning goals. Unlike a consensus in which everyone agrees, developing a shared vision represents buy-in from all stakeholders and reflects efforts to involve the right people at the right times. One way to achieve a shared vision is to use clear language in all aspects of the process. Districts that have carefully defined target audiences, goals, methods, timelines, responsibilities and outcomes enjoy less confusion because of better communication.

Key Steps

  • Create a planning and leadership site-based decision making team representing a variety of education stakeholders from multiple programs and diverse backgrounds.
  • Establish an overview and a shared mission and/or vision statement that addresses what the district needs and what impact digital learning tools and resources are expected to have on learning.
  • Ensure that the vision/mission is communicated and that there is buy-in from educators, students, parents, business, and community.
  • Leverage existing partnerships and initiatives.
  • Research promising programs in your state and across the nation


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