Managing the Digital District
October 2, 2013
The complex challenges of running today’s technology-oriented school districts can be daunting. This special report, the latest installment in an ongoing series on educational technology, aims to provide guidance for school leaders looking for new ideas and approaches for managing the digital evolution of their districts. It was produced with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Education Week had sole editorial control over the content of this report.
- Standards Districts Upgrade Tech Ahead of Common-Core TestingThough more breakdowns likely are inevitable given online testing's relatively new place in schools, the ability to protect the validity, integrity, and security of the process is increasingly crucial.School & District Management K-12 Leaders Shift From Protectors of Status Quo to Change AgentsAdvancements in technology are forcing superintendents to put more time and energy into crafting and implementing a vision for how technology should be used to improve schools.Executive Skills & Strategy '1:X Computing' Aims to Tailor Digital Tools to Learning TasksThe idea of a coordinated strategy to give students a choice of devices depending on the task at hand is a potentially powerful new development, experts say.School & District Management Q&A: Houston Schools Chief and CTO Push Digital Learning VisionHouston Superintendent Terry B. Grier and Chief Technology Officer Lenny Schad have learned important lessons about how to work together to improve the use of technology in schools.School & District Management Talented Chief Tech Officers Hard to Find for K-12Many school district leaders themselves lack an understanding of how a smart CIO or CTO can help transform their schools, experts point out.Meeting District Needs Q&A: How Los Angeles Negotiated a 1-to-1 Deal With AppleIn a question-and-answer session with Education Week, Mark Hovatter, the architect of the groundbreaking agreement, addresses issues related to the $30 million deal.