North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Leadership Resources

Leaders that understand the importance and possibilities for digital learning are key in making a digital transition successful. The resources below will help leaders establish a vision for teaching and learning in the digital age and offer opportunities for discussion among leadership teams.

Quarterly updates to the NC State Board of Education
Source: Friday Institute
Friday Institute and NC DPI leadership presented this program update on the North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative to the North Carolina State Board of Education.
September, 2017
January, 2018
June, 2018
Economic Evaluation of Digital Learning Programs
Source: Dr. Brooks Bowden, NC State College of Education
This paper, by Dr. Brooks Bowden (College of Education, North Carolina State University), outlines the design of the economic evaluation of the North Carolina Digitial Learning Initiative. Outcomes of interest are wide ranging, including student and teacher outcomes. The evaluation will examine the costs, effects, and economic benefits of the NC DLI.
Summary (January 2018)
Study Design (September 2018)
Conference Presentation: CoSN (Mar 2018)
Source: Friday Institute
In March 2018, staff from the Friday Institute presented on the North Carolina Digital Learning Initiative at the Consortium for School Networking annual conference in Washington, DC.
Providing models for local policies on e-rate required policies including data confidentiality, data privacy, and responsible use. (Nov 2017)
Source: Friday Institute
This memo from the Friday Institute summarizes policy findings from the 2017 Digital Learning and Media Inventory survey, provides model policies for consideration, and suggested next steps.
Responsible Use and Screen Time
Source: Friday Institute
As we continue to support the work of schools and districts to successfully transition to digital-age learning, the NC Digital Learning Initiative Team has developed the following list of resources for districts and schools to consider as they develop Responsible Use guidelines into local digital technology policies.
Proposals for a State-Level Approach to Longer-Term Funding
Source: Friday Institute
In Spring 2016, the Friday Institute convened a group of state– and district–level stakeholders — the Digital Learning Funding Working Group — to develop recommendations for sustaining funding for full implementation of the Digital Learning Plan. This memorandum is the main product of that group's work.
Making It Personal: Essential Elements of Hawk Ridge Elementary's Personalized Learning Approach
Source: Friday Institute
Researchers Mary Ann Wolf, PhD, and Alex Dreier investigated how Hawk Ridge Elementary School successfully implemented personalized learning. This report breaks down the strategies that foster an effective school culture.
State Digital Learning Examplars: Highlights from States Leading Change Through Policies and Funding
Source: Friday Institute
States are striving to support the expansion of technology tools and resources in K12 education through state policies, programs and funding in order to provide digital learning opportunities for all students. This paper highlights examples of states with policies in support of 5 key areas: innovative funding streams and policy, digital content, human capacity, network infrastructure and data management and privacy.
Equity for Digital-Age Learning: Education Leaders Address New Challenges in North Carolina Schools
Source: Friday Institute
This white paper discusses digital equity challenges among North Carolina students as identified by a group of education stakeholders at the Redefining Equity for Digital-Age Learning Convening and offers potential solutions to mitigate those challenges.
The Seven Steps to Becoming a 21st Century School or District
A seven-part guide to aligning your school to the 21st Century Framework, focusing on the 4 Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Resource Check
Education Resource Strategies (ERS)
The Education Resource Strategies (ERS) ResourceCheck® tool helps districts and schools look at how they use resources by asking a series of questions, and then analyzes the responses. It provides data on areas in which districts need improvement, how close districts are to best practices, and links to resources to take action.
Blended Learning Implementation Guide
Digital Learning Now!
Districts and/or schools wanting to implement blended learning successfully will want to read this guide. It lays out a process designed to create the conditions for success in blended learning and provides resources.
Lessons Learned: Implementing a Digital Teaching and Learning Environment
Source: Francis Bryant Bradburn
This list of recommendations from Frances Bryant Bradburn is based on her ongoing work with the Golden Leaf Foundation and the Friday Institute, assisting districts in planning and implementing their digital learning initiatives. Since 2007, Frances has compiled and updated this list to help districts understand key issues in digital learning, making them better prepared to execute their digital learning plans.
Innovate to Educate: System (Re)Design for Personalized Learning
Source: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)
Read p. 8–16 of this report from a 2010 Symposium of education and technology leaders organized by the Software and Information Industry Association, ASCD, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The focus is on creating a personalized learning system for all students. The table on p. 13 summarizes the contrasts between the current system and a personalized one, and then five essential elements are summarized.
The 4Cs: Making 21st Century Education Happen
Source: Gerry Curtis (Vimeo)
Through this documentary by Gerry Curtis, observe how several different education systems integrate the 4Cs into all levels of their schools. Students, teachers, and school leadership provide a reflective insight into the value and positive outcomes from incorporation of the digital age skills throughout the school.
Seven Keys to Unlocking School Transformation with Digital Media
Source: Consortium for School Networking (COSN)
District leaders from this project contributed to a paper that describes seven key points on transforming a school's learning environment with technology. Their practical examples, lessons learned, and insights on these key points will help peers in other districts make progress with their own efforts to reimagine learning with digital media.
Myths and Realities About Technology in K-12 Schools
Source: LNT Perspectives
This article dates back to 2000 but much of it resonates still today. Take the time to review and reflect on what the authors describe as the myths and realities we will face in the transition to digital learning.
Digital Content Tool Kit
Source: State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
This tool kit will help you educate school and district administrators, policy makers and the private sector on the flexibility of state policies related to the acquisition of digital instructional materials.
What School Boards Need to Know: Data Conversations
Source: National School Boards Association
This report by the National School Boards Association provides school boards with a guide on actions to take to help support a culture that utilizes data to create more student-centered learning environments.
From Data to Dialogue: Supporting School Success in Nashville
Source: Data Quality Campaign
This video provides a summary about how data is used effectively by parents, students, parents and administrators in the Nashville school district, with recommended practices for the use of data to improve student achievement.
What Is a Learner Profile?
Source: Public Impact
On August 14–15, 2014, Public Impact convened 40 parents, teachers, students, technology and learner profile developers, researchers, neuroscientists, and policy experts to consider the potential for learner profiles to help students become agents of their own learning success and equip teachers and the educational environment to better understand and respond to diverse learners. This resource defines learner profiles and outlines considerations for leaders.
This website provides a model for districts to review as they consider what type of resources to provide for their teachers. The website has pre-made modules and courses as well as resources that can be combined to build individualized instances.