Achieving a balanced and inclusive technology ecosystem of assistive technology, educational technology, and information technology in a district requires a shared vision among all stakeholders. The essential role of leadership is to create the conditions under which a community-wide vision for an ecosystem can be developed and to foster a culture in which it can be achieved. A vision that reflects how technology serves the independence, participation, and progress of every learner requires a collaborative leadership team with personnel and community participants that represent the demographics of all students. Once a team is established, these individuals play instrumental roles in defining the vision and moving toward its realization. Actions that lead to a shared vision and goals that align with it include:
- Engaging a leadership team. Start with internal stakeholders, including district and school administrators, general and special educators, technology personnel, librarians/media specialists, curriculum and instruction specialists, students, and families. Soon after an internal team is in place, consider the resources in the wider community. Partnering with local, regional, and state associations and organizations that support students with disabilities can help enhance the vision for the ecosystem.
- Creating a shared vision and identifying goals that align with that vision.
- Communicating the shared vision and goals in ways that promote a positive learning climate and culture, foster collaborative relationships across the system, and model accessible and inclusive technology practices.
A culture of collaborative leadership will guide the vision and goals of your district’s technology ecosystem.
Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA: A Handbook for LEA and School Leaders (Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Partners for Each and Every Child)
4 Ways That Leadership Teams Create Conditions for Success in Schools (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
So You Think You Want to Innovate? Emerging Lessons and a New Tool for State and District Leaders Working to Build a Culture of Innovation (2Revolutions and The Learning Accelerator)