Three Can’t-Miss Steps To Launch A Successful Technology Plan In A Large School District

T.H.E. Journal, October 1998, p. 82

The Dallas Independent School District (DISD) faced a formidable task in bringing technology to its giant system consisting 155,000 students, nearly 10,000 teachers, and more than 200 schools. To meet this monumental challenge, the district identified three critical steps necessary for the success of the plan:

  1. To integrate and organize the various technological initiatives in such a large school district, they drafted a wide-ranging and visionary planning document. The DISD specifically formed a “Technology Vision” plan to guide the process.

  2. Members of the Technology Vision committee then authored a mission statement calling for an “Any One, Any Place, Any Time” deployment of technology throughout the district. This meant that anyone, from teacher to student to administrator, could have access to computer resources anywhere in any school building on any day of the year.

  3. Finally, the district formed a plan for executing the mission statement’s goals. It identified all aspects of technology in the district that would need to be addressed by the five-year $347 million implementation plan. From libraries and classrooms, to administrative offices, to food services and payroll, a blanket plan was generated to marshal all aspects of the proposed technologies.

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