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.

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 
Edutopia
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.
Gooru 
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.