The COVID-19 pandemic appears to finally be waning in America. Kudos to district leaders for guiding their school districts through the ins and out of technology integration and remote learning for more than a year. School communities have learned a lot about both the amazing capabilities and the dire failures that embedded technology in the learning process can bring.
On the upside, there is now a lot of federal relief coming to school districts by way of the American Rescue Plan. For the first (and maybe last) time, there could possibly be a surplus in funding for district technology programs.
Digital Promise’s new Technology Sustainability Toolkit is designed to help school districts think intentionally about how to use these unprecedented funds to build sustainable technology plans that will prevent a tumble off the “funding cliff” in three years when money runs out. Actionable strategies and considerations include:
School districts who don’t plan for sustainability will find themselves in a difficult position in a few years when the technology items they purchase now need repair or replacement. Not only will the districts have more devices and hardware to maintain, repair, or replace, they will also have less funds to do so because the relief funds will be spent and the technology department will be back to its regular general budget.
Ultimately, districts will need to develop plans that leverage current funding to realize long-term goals, like equitable access to devices and transformative instructional practices that result in significant student outcomes. Planning for sustainability requires using funds to create a runway to support work that starts now and will continue in the future.
Explore our new Technology Sustainability Toolkit to learn how to build a technology plan that will be sustainable through time, and join us for an edWebinar on July 15 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT to learn from district leaders and technology experts, who will share how they are approaching this unprecedented opportunity.