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ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders

The education leaders section of the ISTE Standards supports the implementation of both the student and educator sections of ISTE Standards by targeting the knowledge and behaviors required for leaders to empower teachers and boost student learning. This section is focused on equity, digital citizenship, visioneering, team and systems building, continuous improvement and professional growth.

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3.1 Equity and Citizenship Advocate

Leaders use technology to increase equity, inclusion and digital citizenship practices.

3.1.a Ensure Access to Skilled Teachers

Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

3.1.b Ensure Access to Technology

Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.

3.1.c Model Digital Citizenship

Model digital citizenship by critically evaluating online resources, engaging in civil discourse online and using digital tools to contribute to positive social change.

3.1.d Cultivate Good Online Behavior

Cultivate responsible online behavior, including the safe, ethical and legal use of technology.

3.2 Visionary Planner

Leaders engage others in establishing a vision, strategic plan and ongoing evaluation cycle for transforming learning with technology.

3.2.a Create a Shared Vision

Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.

3.2.b Build a Strategic Plan

Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.

3.2.c Evaluate Plan Progress

Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.

3.2.d Communicate with Stakeholders

Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather input on the plan, celebrate successes and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.

3.2.e Share Experience with Peers

Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.

3.3 Empowering Leader

Leaders create a culture where teachers and learners are empowered to use technology in innovative ways to enrich teaching and learning.

3.3.a Empower Educators

Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.

3.3.b Build Educator Competency

Build the confidence and competency of educators to put the ISTE Student Standards and ISTE Educator Standards into practice.

3.3.c Inspire a Culture of Innovation

Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools. and adoption.

3.3.d Use Tech to Meet Student Learning Needs

Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural and social-emotional needs of individual students.

3.3.e Use Analytics to View Student Progress

Develop learning assessments that provide a personalized, actionable view of student progress in real time.

3.4 Systems Designer

Leaders build teams and systems to implement, sustain and continually improve the use of technology to support learning.

3.4.a Establish Infrastructure & Systems

Lead teams to collaboratively establish the robust infrastructure and systems needed to implement the strategic plan.

3.4.b Ensure Sufficient & Scalable Resources

Ensure that resources for supporting the effective use of technology for learning are sufficient and scalable to meet future demand.

3.4.c Protect Student Privacy & Security

Protect privacy and security by ensuring that students and staff observe effective privacy and data management policies.

3.4.d Establish Strategic Partnerships

Establish partnerships that support the strategic vision, achieve learning priorities and improve operations.

3.5 Connected Learner

Leaders model and promote continuous professional learning for themselves and others.

3.5.a Stay Current on Innovation in Learning

Set goals to remain current on emerging technologies for learning, innovations in pedagogy and advancements in the learning sciences.

3.5.b Participate in PLNs

Participate regularly in online professional learning networks to collaboratively learn with and mentor other professionals.

3.5.c Engage in Reflective Practice

Use technology to regularly engage in reflective practices that support personal and professional growth.

3.5.d Navigate Continuous Improvement

Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.