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School groups team up to help with digital transformation

By Laura Devaney
October 24th, 2014

‘Leading the Digital Leap’ initiative from AASA, NSBA, and CoSN aims to help school districts take digital learning to a whole new level

digital-leapMany educators across the United States have made considerable progress in using technology to transform learning, and several school districts have advanced beyond small pockets of innovation to embrace systemic transformation.

However, few school systems have found a way to create a fully enabled digital ecosystem that is continuously improving.

To help school systems make this “digital leap,” three leading educational leadership groups—AASA, the School Superintendents Association; the National School Boards Association (NSBA); and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)—are partnering to share their collective expertise.

The organizations’ “Leading the Digital Leap” initiative aims to empower K-12 superintendents, district technology leaders, and school boards to strengthen their ed-tech advocacy and adopt “bold, thoughtful, and scalable approaches that leverage digital tools in ways that personalize learning,” according to CoSN.

The project is expected to launch at the end of the month with a website, www.leaddigitalleap.org, that will contain best practices for leading a digital transformation in schools. The website also will include practical resources such as an E-rate Toolkit for leveraging the federal E-rate to fund technology infrastructure; a checklist for ensuring schools are ready for online testing this year; and more.

“Helping school district leaders take the ‘digital leap’ means new roles for district technology leaders, superintendents, and school boards, and everyone has to make that leap,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN’s chief executive.

“The exciting thing about the Leading the Digital Leap initiative is that, for the first time, the major professional associations representing district leaders are joining together to help our school systems enact digital system-wide transformation. We are creating a common voice and suite of resources to answer the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows’ to make this vision a reality.”

eSchool Media is a media partner for the project.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura