A glaring absence of technology: Policy statements from national school administrator and teacher associations
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
You can tell a lot about an organization's priorities from its policy advocacy goals. Below are the national policy priorities for America's four main national school leadership associations (NAESP, NASSP, AASA, and NSBA) and two primary national teacher associations (NEA and AFT). I've also thrown in ASCD just for fun. Take a look at what they say is important to them (i.e., what's worth fighting for with legislators and policymakers).
Notice the glaring absence of attention to technology-related issues. Other than some advocacy for E-Rate, there's not much there. ASCD wins my vote for doing the best with this through its advocacy work on "educating students in a changing world."
What are the implications for integration and implementation of digital technologies into P-12 schools when most of the national school administrator and teacher associations rank this issue low on their list of policy priorities?
3. American Association of School Administrators (superintendents / central office)
7. ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)