Transformative Digital Learning: A Guide to Implementation

About this Project In collaboration with multiple education organizations and with state leaders, SETDA developed professional learning resources for states to build state-level capacity as they transition to digital learning. The project includes a set of professional learning resources, known as facilitator guides, for states and districts to use to host statewide and/or regional convenings to provide customized support and training. This project also includes a set of stakeholder communication toolkits designed to help stakeholders disseminate information about teaching and learning in the digital age. Facilitator Guides The Facilitator Guides provide education leaders with the information and resources they need to conduct a professional learning session for state, district or school leaders. Leaders across the field collaborated to develop these guides, which include a crowd-sourced curation of resources. The documents are intended to inspire conversation, evaluation and reflection around the current state of your educational ecosystem as well as support planning and implementation in the digital age. Each guide can act as a starting point and additional sessions on the topic can be scheduled throughout the year. Stakeholder Communication Toolkits The stakeholder communication toolkits describe the role of the stakeholder as a key influencer for learning in the digital age to help ensure that students are college and career ready. In addition to background information about learning in the digital age, the toolkits highlight topics most relevant to the specific stakeholders. Stakeholder member organizations may want to share this toolkit with members to explain the importance of moving towards digital learning while addressing some of the areas of concern most relevant to the stakeholders as districts and schools transition to learning in the digital age. Toolkits includes a communications packet with sample documents that are customizable. Partners can add logos, examples or other resources to help engage stakeholders and support this topic.

Best Practices

Best Practices

The following section highlights select states with digital learning plans and provides a brief overview of each of these plans: 


The Indiana Tech Plan provides a snapshot of where each corporation (district) is with regard to infrastructure and the integration of student technology in learning. Each district completes an annual technology planning survey. Key components of the survey include: technology integration; infrastructure; platforms; virtual courses professional development; 1:1 status; devices; and funding. Indiana publishes the results of the survey at Tech Plan Maps. Users can select a corporation to see a synopsis of their technology planning survey.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Digital Learning Plan creates a long-term strategy that sets directions and priorities, supports innovation, and provides resources to enable educators and students to benefit fully from teaching and learning in the digital age. The plan also provides recommendations for state actions that will guide and support K-12 schools in this process. Key components of the plan are: technology infrastructure and devices; human capacity; content; instruction and assessment; local digital learning innovations; policy and funding; and regional and state support structures.


The Utah State Board of Education (USBE), Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), the legislature and local school systems worked together to best leverage the power of technology for learning. Utah’s Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning provides a framework for implementing digital learning. Each element of the plan includes the rationale, state responsibilities and district responsibilities. Key sections are: professional learning, communication, infrastructure; digital devices, content and software; technical support; procurement; and funding.


Wisconsin developed a comprehensive digital learning plan for PK-12. Wisconsin adopted the Future Ready Framework as a way to organize key priorities and planning tools for districts. The Future Ready vision focuses on equitable, personalized, applied, and engaged digital learning for all students. The state encourages districts to consider the following areas when implementing their vision: instruction, learning and assessment; empowering, innovative leadership; technology & hardware; professional learning and building capacity; and data and privacy.Column content

Facilitator Guide

Best PracticesThe Facilitator Guide – Best Practices provides education leaders with the information and resources they need to conduct a professional learning session. Participants will:
  • Learn about best practices for learning in the digital age
  • Review scenarios and discuss issues of transformative digital learning opportunities, connectivity, equity and professional learning with your colleagues
  • Use rapid cycle evaluation for digital instructional materials
  • Collaborate with colleagues regarding best practices to ensure digital learning in action
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other district and state leaders
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