Digital Leap Success Matrix

School system leaders need guidance to advance their technology goals—and overcome both the unexpected and expected challenges. That is why CoSN developed a new resource to support their efforts in the 21st century. The Digital Leap Success Matrix outlines the practices needed to be a successful digital school system.
 
The Matrix is aligned to CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO, focuses on three key professional categories: Leadership and Vision; Educational Environment; and Managing Technology and Business moving beyond the individual leader and identifying and promoting the fundamental requirements for the school system to create next-generation learning environments that foster equitable, effective use of technology. 

The Digital Leap Success Matrix consists of three primary implementation categories for operational readiness in a digital environment.

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The new Matrix provides guidance on the following specific skills:

  • Leadership and Vision The executive team works together to develop a shared vision with all stakeholders for effective and strategic technology use.
  • Strategic Planning School system leaders utilize their high-level view of the school system to identify the steps needed to transform the digital vision into a long-range plan, complete with specific goals, governance, objectives, and action plans.
  • Ethics and Policies The school system leadership team models responsible decision-making and manages the creation, implementation, and enforcement of policies related to the social, legal, and ethical issues linked to technology use throughout the school system.
  • Instructional Focus and Professional Development School system leaders budget, plan, and coordinate ongoing, purposeful professional development using technologies for all staff.
  • Team Building and Staffing School system leaders create and support cross-functional teams for decision-making, technology support, professional development, and other aspects of the school system’s technology program.
  • Stakeholder Focus The school system builds trusting relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Infrastructure The school system maintains a robust infrastructure that aligns to industry standards and is adequate to meet the needs of stakeholders.
  • Information and Data Management The school system manages the data programs that are needed for operations and instruction.
  • Communications Management The school system manages the platforms and messages used to communicate transparently with internal and external stakeholders, effectively using both emerging and mature technologies as appropriate.
  • Business Management The school system manages budget, financial operations, disaster recovery, and business continuity effectively.

The Digital Leap Success Matrix is aligned to CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills.

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