The final assignment for this course is a written
proposal. The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate understanding of how
school and teacher leaders can have an impact on educational policy through the
development of a policy proposal.
Scenario: Your district, under the
direction of the local school board and superintendent, is in the process of
initiating a major technology overhaul that will impact budget designations,
curriculum, and teacher development. As part of this process the superintendent
has asked each school’s administrative team to develop a comprehensive proposal
that outlines their vision of the future and includes any policy or funding
issues that conflict with the success of their recommendation. As a member of
your school’s leadership team and a respected teacher leader, your principal
has asked you to take on this challenge.
The Final Paper will be the development of a
proposal outline, your recommendation for a comprehensive 1:1 technology
adoption and curriculum initiative to include any needed teacher development.
Your proposal should be based upon recognized scientific research and best
practices that focus on existing challenges and long term goals. The Final
Paper should address the following:
- Outline an
introduction to the proposal, including areas that are addressed and your
recommendation (this introduction is similar to an abstract portion of a
- Describe the
historical perspective of your district or school setting. Your description
should include both text and supporting graphics that include, but are not
- No Child Left
Behind (NCLB) identified demographics.
- Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP) status.
breakdowns, including funding sources (federal, state, and local) and
- Discuss your
formal recommendation for the 1:1 adoption developed in Week Two that
includes, but is not limited to
- Tool selection
(Bring Your Own Device [BYOD] or purchase).
- Roll out time
table and estimated total cost per year.
and estimation of supportive costs related to your tool selection
(software, support, professional development, etc.) per year.
- Existing policy
conflicts and new policy recommendations.
and description of any model districts.
- Explain how your
recommendation affects and will potentially impact curriculum development,
text book adoption, and professional development.
- Summarize your
Your Final Paper should be
eight to ten pages in length (not including the title and reference pages) with
a minimum of eight scholarly sources in addition to your textbook. The paper
should be written in APA format with appropriate reference citations and
bibliography as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.