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Technology

Securing support for a technology program that lasts

Executive Summary

Simi Valley Unified / Simi Valley, CA
Suburban / K-12
Students: 18,400
Staff: 740

Support starting from the top

Planning a multi-year rollout

Simi Valley’s three-year rollout and integration timeline

Infrastructure: is it robust enough?

Teacher training and support builds confidence

Post-rollout reflection and education

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    Key Takeaways

    • Leaders need to show their support for technology programs before, during and after a technology rollout.
    • Teacher training should be a requirement, not an option. Training is key to a rollout that actually gets implemented as anticipated.
    • Poor infrastructure can doom a technology initiative. Use a pilot program to identify and remedy weaknesses that could get in the way of a successful rollout.
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    Lessons Learned

    • Involve teachers early in the technology planning process. When teachers have a voice in choosing the technology, they’ll feel empowered to use it.
    • Teachers who undergo training will probably still have many questions. Set aside a regular time and location where teachers can get help.
    • Longer pilot programs and rollouts allow time to carefully consider technology options – and to identify roadblocks to program success.