The Future Ready Framework
Budget and Resources
The transition to digital learning will require strategic short-term and long-term budgeting and leveraging of resources. All budgets at the district and the school should be aligned to the new, personalized vision for learning, with consistent funding streams for both recurring and non-recurring costs to ensure sustainability. During the transition, district leaders should strive for cost-savings and efficiencies through effective uses of technology.
The financial model should include the metrics and processes to ensure not only sustainability, but also accountability for learning returns on investments.
U.S. Department of Education
Digital Learning Now!; The Learning Accelerator; Getting Smart
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Bruce Whitehead, Devon Jenson, and Floyd Boschee
Elements and Levels of ReadinessAn effective budget development and review process is guided by a deep understanding of school finance at the District, State and Federal levels. Funding a digital learning environment requires strategic, short-term and long-term budgeting that leverages the use of learning-enabling technology and resources to optimize student learning. All budgets at the district and the school level are aligned in order to prioritize student learning and cost-efficiency, with consistent funding streams for both recurring and non-recurring costs. The District’s financial model includes the metrics and processes to determine Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for developing and sustaining the digital learning environment and to ensure accountability for determining learning Return On Investment (ROI).
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