Developing a 1 to 1 Program
Investing in a one-to-one program is a substantial undertaking, both structurally and financially. Long-term sustainability will depend on clearly defined goals, detailed strategic plans that address every aspect of program preparation and implementation, and effective implementation of project components.
First and foremost, the 1:1 program needs to be focused on student learning, personalization and the most effective methods for the delivery of instruction. A 1:1 program’s vision and goals will vary from district to district, but maximizing the learning potential of each individual student must remain the core of established goals. District leaders can help ensure this happens by:
- Providing ongoing systemic professional learning for everyone, at all levels
- Being skilled in leading reform measures
- Creating a shared vision based on research and best practices
- Ensuring the use of assessments and evaluations to collect data that will be used to continuously improving learning and instruction.
Transformative leadership is another essential component to developing a successful and sustainable 1:1 program. District leaders must also address the following elements in order to ensure the seamless implementation of the program:
- Cultivate district, building and staff leadership
- Short and long-term financial planning
- Expectation management
- Technology preparation, rollout and support
Of major importance in successfully engaging a 1:1 program is the community’s will and capacity to let go of outdated, ineffective practices to make way for the new.