Education Technology Services


Broward County Public Schools District Technology Plans:
Essentials Components & E-Rate Plan Criteria

Executive Summary

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, submits this document describing Broward’s Educational Technology Plan (ETP). The framework for the ETP is provided by the following strategic vision and plans:

  • The District’s Strategic Plan and Goals (Attachment A), which is a series of community developed and Board approved goals that set the direction for the school district for the next five years. While the plan being submitted now contains the current Strategic Plan, it is noteworthy to mention that this plan will be revised and updated by June 2008 and will be resubmitted upon School Board approval.
  • The District Strategic Plan for Technology (Attachment B), approved by the School Board in June 2007, which provides the mission, vision and goals for the integration of technology.
  • The Florida Sterling Criteria (Attachment C), which is the model used by the school district to ensure continuous improvement based on the effective analysis of student achievement data and process improvement based on results.
  • The National Education Technology Standards for Students (NETS) (Attachment D), which outlines what students need to achieve to be successful in a 21st century world. 

In terms of funding strategy, the district projects a Five-Year Technology Capital Budget (Attachment E) in order to coordinate with the District Educational Facilities Plan – Fiscal Years 2007-2008 to 2011 – 2012 (DEFP) (Attachment F), factoring in items such as new school construction and repositioning portables. Although budgets are projected for five years, they require annual approval by the School Board. As such, the ETP is a “living” document that will be continuously revised and responsive to changing conditions and emerging technologies.

This document is divided into eleven sections as specified by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) to satisfy both DOE and e-Rate requirements:

  1. Mission Statement
  2. General Introduction/Background
  3. Needs Assessment/Goals
  4. Funding Plan
  5. Technology Acquisition Plan
  6. Access
  7. User Support Plan
  8. Professional Development Plan
  9. Program Evaluation
  10. E-Rate Addendum
  11. EETT Addendum
Section One - contains the Mission Statement, the Vision Statement, the Broward Educational Technology Plan Goals and Objectives, and District Technology Plan Overview. Broward’s Technology Plan aligns with the District’s Strategic Plan and the National Educational Technology Plan.

Section Two - contains the district profile, including demographics and major technology initiatives; the planning process used to develop the technology plan; the district’s Public Engagement model; and a summary of the district’s adult literacy services and the number of adults served.

Section Three - documents the district’s comprehensive needs analysis. The district concluded a district-wide technology assessment and planning process through an engagement with an outside consultant, the Center for Educational Leadership in Technology (CELT). In addition, Broward has 100% participation in the Florida Innovates Survey and results assist with program planning and school improvement efforts. Because of the new Strategic Plan for Technology, projects are currently being updated and re-aligned to this new plan.

Section Four - contains the funding plan identifying the major funding sources including the Five-Year Technology Capital Budget, General Operating Budget, and e-Rate projections.

Section Five - contains the district’s technology acquisition plan including the purchasing policy, standards process, the technology “refresh” program, and the district’s software site licensing.

Section Six - contains Broward’s policies specific to equitable access of instructional and classroom materials; the district’s Technology Use Policy 5306; technology initiatives for Exceptional Student Education (ESE); the district’s Distance Learning program; Broward Virtual Education (BVEd) which is the district’s Internet online school, the district’s filtering process; and the district’s CIPA compliance statement.

Section Seven - contains the User Support plan including the District’s Technology Liaison Contact (TLC) program, Technology Support Certification Program (TSCP), the Network Operations Center (NOC), district software site licensing, and the equipment warranty policy and support programs.

Section Eight - contains the Professional Development Plan including strategies for increased technology use in the classroom, school leadership training, and technical assistance.

Section Nine - contains a description to the district’s program evaluation process including the Research Department’s guide lines for program evaluation, the five-year Research calendar, and a summary of the annual school climate report which includes student, teacher, and parent survey of technology use.

Section Ten - provides a matrix that describes how the district’s e-rate planning process aligns with the Educational Technology Plan.

Section Eleven - describes the alignment of Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) funding with the Educational Technology Plan. Broward County receives funding through both entitlement and competitive funding. In addition, Broward County submits a consolidated application for all its Federal entitlement programs. Copies of current consolidated (formula) and competitive applications are included in this section.