Every leadership expert supports the importance of having a mission and vision that everyone in the organization can rally around and use to support decision-making. But in today’s challenging world of education is that enough?
We all face dramatic budget constraints due to decreased revenues. Along with the fiscal pressures comes a renewed scrutiny from the public we serve. In this environment, we must be able to demonstrate that every dollar we are spending on technology is really making a difference for our students. Models exist to help us in this endeavor including CoSN’s Value of Investment (VOI), Dr. Reuben Puentedura’s SAMR, Koehler and Mishra’s TPACK, and BrightBytes Labs’ CASE. No matter which framework you use to make decisions and evaluate the progress and effectiveness of your program, it is absolutely critical that you are basing those critical decisions on solid data that can be clearly communicated to stakeholders to ensure continued support and investment.
Brad Hagg is the chief technology officer for Warsaw Community Schools in Warsaw, Ind. Brad has served in education technology for more than 16 years and is a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL). Brad was selected as a “20 to Watch” Educator for 2013-2014 by The National School Boards Association. He is passionate about using technology to accelerate learning for today’s digital learner.
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