Advocate for policies, procedures, programs, and funding strategies to support implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines.
One way that I have been able to advocate for digital learning that supports the shared vision of my school district is through helping to plan and facilitate EdCamps for the last few years with my technology mentors group. Each year we have had passionate educators from our district and others come together to collaborate on educational technology and best practices in teaching. I am looking forward to our 2017 Edcamp!
Our tech mentors group is also beginning to plan a technology expo in February of 2018. At that time our district will be trying to pass a technology levy so our hope is that showcasing student work will help advocate for the necessity to secure funds and create more powerful and intentional digital learning opportunities.
I also had the opportunity to practice the process of advocating for an information literacy program. The program proposal, included below, was completed as part of my library endorsement program, also through Seattle Pacific University. An aspect of this project was to reflect on possible strategies for advocating for an information literacy program in a scenario where there was minimal to no support. A strong information literacy program would directly support a school district’s shared technology vision.
To understand the place of an information literacy program, I created this Integrated Information Literacy Alignment Matrix. This is meant to demonstrate how various educational standards connect with one another and how a strong information literacy program can help address these academic expectations.