A Blueprint for Great Schools, a plan presented to State Superintendent Tom Torlakson by leaders from across California, provides vision and direction for our education system, including a focus on 21st Century learning, meeting the needs of the whole child, and rebuilding the ranks of California’s teachers with resources and respect. Several recommendations within A Blueprint for Great Schools (PDF) prompted the Superintendent to initiate a process to update the educational technology strategic plan to reflect new trends and research.
The process includes the appointment of an Education Technology Task Force composed of educators familiar with technology use in California schools; a public website to gather opinions and views; a listening tour and public briefings by the Superintendent’s top advisors; a review of the research and literature; and an extensive field review of draft documents. The California Blueprint for Education Technology 2014–2017 was released in April 2014.
Empowering Learning: A Blueprint for Education Technology
The Blueprint for California Education Technology is a plan to ensure every California student will benefit from what education technology can offer.
Based on the input of the Superintendent's Education Technology Task Force, public comment, and expert opinions from state and national technology leaders, the Blueprint for California Education Technology is carefully designed to support four California education transformation initiatives:
- Implementation of the Common Core State Standards.
- Development and deployment of new assessments as a governing state in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.
- Implementation of a statewide collaboration with the Partnership for 21st Century Schools.
- Implementation of Superintendent Torlakson's "No Child Left Off-line" vision of one-to-one computing for every student and educator.
You can read the Blueprint for California Education Technology's 19 recommendations and supporting materials by downloading Empowering Learning (PDF).
Education Technology Task Force
On March 17, 2012, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson appointed 48 volunteers to become members of his Education Technology Task Force. Gathering advice from the Task Force is the first step in the State Superintendent's effort to update the Education Technology Plan approved by the State Board of Education in 2005. In August 2012, Task Force members presented their findings in the form of a memo to the State Superintendent.
- View the video archive of the Santa Clara County Office of Education public briefing and listening tour event.