Planning with Purpose in Budget and Resources

District team will build data-driven plans to lead change in their districts using the Future Ready Framework around Budget and Resources.
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Key Method

The district team will leverage human capacity, identify actionable strategies and next steps, and develop a data-driven plan that will use budget and resources to support personalized learning in schools.

Method Components

The Future Ready Schools: Planning with Purpose in Budget and Resources micro-credential is part of the Planning with Purpose stack of the Future Ready Schools micro-credentials. It is designed to support district teams as they build data-driven plans to lead change in their districts using the Future Ready Framework.

What is the Budget and Resources Gear?

An effective budget development and review process is guided by a deep understanding of school finance at the district, state, and federal levels. Funding a digital learning environment requires strategic, short-term, and long-term budgeting that leverages the use of learning-enabling technology and resources to optimize student learning. All budgets at the district and school levels are aligned in order to prioritize student learning and cost-efficiency, with consistent funding streams for both recurring and nonrecurring costs. The district’s financial model includes the metrics and processes to determine Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for developing and sustaining the digital learning environment and to ensure accountability for determining learning Return On Investment (ROI).

Components of Planning with Purpose in Budget and Resources

  • Leverage human capacity in the district to support the development and, ultimately, implementation of a Future Ready Action Plan
  • Identify actionable strategies and next steps for implementation by reviewing district context, data, resources, and best practices
  • Develop a data-driven plan that would use budget and resources to support the realization of personalized learning in schools

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Clausen, Jon M., Jody Britten, and Gail Ring. “Envisioning Effective Laptop Initiatives.” Learning & Leading with Technology 36.1 (2008): 18-22.


Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

The items in the following section detail what must be submitted for evaluation. An educator will need to receive a “yes” evaluation for Parts 1, 2, and 3 to earn the micro-credential.

Part 1. Overview Questions

  • List the district team members who contributed to the plan for the Budget and Resources gear. Why was it important to involve these people?

Part 2. Work Examples/Artifacts

Please submit the following artifacts:

  • Your Budget and Resources gear assessment. How did the data from the self-assessment inform your plan?
  • Create and upload your plan for Budget and Resources gear. You can provide a brief description of the strategies as needed. (Reference the Future Ready Dashboard for strategies and ideas as you plan.)

Part 3: Reflection or Other Type of Additional Assessment

  • How did the assessment data inform your district’s approach to becoming a Future Ready School in Budget and Resources?
  • How will you build internal capacity to implement the plan for the Budget and Resources gear moving forward?

The Future Ready Schools micro-credentials were developed with support from the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University.

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