Jan 15, 2015

Preliminary Recommendations to Inform State Policy Decisions

The recommendations provided in this document are intended to inform near-term actions by State policymakers to jump-start the statewide transition to digital learning, including recommendations for funding considerations during the 2015 legislative session. The recommendations are ambitious, aiming to quickly build the statewide technology infrastructure, exemplary implementation models, leadership capacity, and support structures necessary for a successful transition to digital learning in all K-12 public schools throughout the State. The recommendations build upon analyses of relevant data and input from many stakeholders, including deep-dive visits to selected districts to gather information about their current status, goals, assets, and needs related to digital learning.

Sep 22, 2014

Wireless Infrastructure Plan

The plan presented in this report builds upon the success of the prior School Connectivity Initiative (SCI), established in 2007, which has provided high­speed Internet access to every K­12 public school in the state. SCI is designed to increase Internet capacity to each school as demand grows, to ensure adequate connectivity for all students to benefit from digital learning. However, many schools lack the internal network infrastructure (commonly referred to as “Wi­Fi”) required to fully leverage the provided Internet connectivity. So while adequate Internet access may reach the school building, it does not reach each student or even each classroom. The goal of this Wireless Infrastructure Plan is to provide a roadmap that outfits every school with the internal network required to support the full use of digital tools and resources within all classrooms and other spaces in which teaching and learning takes place.

Jul 1, 2014

Work Plan

This report outlines the Friday Institute’s work plan for the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan (NCDLP) pursuant to Section 6.11(g) of S.L. 2013-3601. The plan supports the scope of work approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education in April 2014. This report builds upon the Digital Learning Plan Policy Brief, submitted on June 1, 2014, which sets the stage for the overall planning effort.

Jun 1, 2014

Policy Brief

The Policy Brief summarizes the rationale for the plan, North Carolina’s progress on the transition to digital learning, relevant recent Legislative and State Board of Education actions and the key elements of the K-12 digital learning transition.