Technology is an integral part of a school district’s learning environment. How to best support learning goals and objectives of your district should be the paramount driver when building a technology sustainability plan. Review district long- and short-term strategic goals and key performance indicators and outcomes to generate the drivers for the technology plan. Start with the end in mind. Some questions to consider include:
- Where does your school district want to be one, three, five, and ten years from now?
- What is preventing you from getting there?
- What equity considerations do you need to take into account?
- How can technology best support those goals?
With the overarching district goals in mind, consider the technology department’s goals:
- Can your plans be sustained over the next five years?
- How will you avoid the funding cliff?
- Have you considered all traditional departmental planning categories?
Organize your long-range plan and goals in a table similar to the one below. It is broken into categories that will assist in planning. While not totally inclusive (you may customize this sample template to what you need), seeing each set of responsibilities in a long-range plan will help build a large-scale picture of your vision of how technology will support learning in your district. It also will be helpful as you do lifecycle planning.