The Future Ready Framework

Robust Infrastructure

The Roadmap is a free planning tool for school leaders consisting of an interactive website, a detailed report, and an infographic. It is designed to help schools get the most value out of their investments in high-speed broadband and digital content by crafting a holistic strategy to create 21st century learning environments. Cable Impacts, the industry’s pro-social foundation, teamed with two leading education organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and the State Educational Technology Directors Association, to create this dynamic resource for schools to help them plan their transition into 21st century learning environments.
Cable Impacts Foundation. Partnerships for 21 Century Learning (P21), State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

The Learning Accelerator and Getting Smart joined with DLN to update this popular guide. Version 2.0 reflects feedback from schools and districts, developments in the field, and new educational technology trends.
Digital Learning Now!; The Learning Accelerator; Getting Smart

SETDA expands upon the 2015 Navigating the Digital Shift report with a focus on living and learning in the digital age. In this second publication, stakeholders will learn about states’ guidance and policies around the implementation of digital instructional materials, as well as best practices.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

SETDA commissioned Netcraft, a highly-regarded internet services company, to conduct an independent technical analysis of each of these tools, including their strengths and weaknesses, followed by observations based on measured data. The analysis concludes by offering recommendations on how best to use each of the tools to inform decision-making by education leaders and policymakers.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

While connecting the nation’s schools and libraries to the internet by modernizing and expanding the federal E-rate program currently dominates education technology efforts, a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education urges that adequate broadband access be accompanied by a comprehensive “digital infrastructure” that unlocks the potential technology to enhance student learning. This report adopts a broader definition of digital infrastructure that includes professional learning, changes in pedagogy, parent and community engagement, and assessment and data systems.
Alliance for Excellent Education

The Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning guide provides practical, actionable information intended to help district leaders (superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders) navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students. It presents a variety of options for district leaders to consider when making technology infrastructure decisions, recognizing that circumstances and context vary greatly from district to district.
US Department of Education

K–12 software has long been a source of aggravation and disappointment. But many of the school systems we surveyed believe software can be used strategically to improve student achievement and overall organizational performance. More and more, school systems are hiring technology for sophisticated jobs like blending learning environments, supporting data-driven practices, and recruiting and supporting teachers.
Christensen Institute

The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning (GIDL) is a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. Each topic’s section includes background information, key considerations for implementation, resources and exemplars of digital learning in action.
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

This resource provides tips for district leaders who are managing network upgrades and helps ensure that district broadband infrastructure is digital learning ready.
Education Superhighway

The President’s ConnectED Initiative aims to connect 99% of students across the country to broadband in 5 years. The initiative sets clear goals to transition to digital learning including: preparing teachers to use technology effectively to improve student learning, upgrading broadband and high-speed wireless connectivity, and providing access to educational devices and digital content.
US Department of Education