Budget and Resources

Future Ready Budget Gear

Goals, Action Steps and Progress

Goal 1 Progress 33%

Recommended Action Step 1.  Create a prioritization metric that considers value to the district and state for different initiatives and supports. (Q3 2108, FRNC & NDE)

Recommended Action Step 2. Consider implementation of Enterprise Architecture planning to establish baseline needs (or gaps) to identify funding resources. (Q1 2019, FRNC & NDE)

Recommended Action Step 3. Provide best practice benchmarks (e.g., percentages of budgets, etc.) for districts to consider as part of the work based on key examples of existing or successful implementations. (Q4 2019, NDE, FRNC & ESUCC)

Goal 2 Progress 30%

Recommended Action Step 1. Create a biennium budget that reflects the needs of the statewide Ed Tech Plan. (Q2 2018 & Q2 2020, NDE & FRNC)

Recommended Action Step 2. Align ESSA Title IV funds or other funds to planned professional development and training to support Ed Tech and Digital Learning goals. (Q3 2018, ESU’s & Districts)

Recommended Action Step 3. Create metrics to evaluate project funding options with criterion based on student access, support, scalability and integration. (Q4 2018, FRNC & NDE)

Recommended Action Step 4. Identify current expenditures for digital tools and resources at the district and school levels and publish the benchmarks for use by school districts. (Q2 2019, NDE & Districts)

Recommended Action Step 5. Identify a core set of applications and services to provide supports and broader negotiation and buying power.  (Q4 2019, NDE & ESUCC)

Goal 3 Progress 25%

Recommended Action Step 1. Revamp and distribute District Technology Planning process using the Future Ready Framework that can identify state and local needs, assets, and areas of growth. (Q2 & Q3 2018, NDE)

Recommended Action Step 2. Capture, collect and use actionable data to support the prioritization and supports needed for Nebraska. (Q1 2019, NDE)

Recommended Action Step 3.  Create a committee to support coordination of funding resources and determining public/private partnerships priorities to leverage capital investments and scale for statewide access and sustainability. (Q2 2019, FRNC)

  Recommended Action Step 4.  Identify public and private sources of funding to ensure statewide, equitable access to all digital learning resources. (Q1 2020, NDE)

Goal 4 Progress 0%

Recommended Action Step 1. Coordinate with Nebraska Career Education and the Partnerships with Industry Sector strategies at the NCE conference. (Q2 2019, NDE)

Recommended Action Step 2.  Develop a guide or model to calculate Learning Return on Investment. (Q1 2020 Higher Ed., NDE & FRNC)

  Recommended Action Step 3.  Identifying the job skills and careers needed and aligned to Nebraska economic development priorities and align the use of resource priorities for industry and education purposes. (Q2 2020, NDE & Higher Education)

Goal 5 Progress 0%

 
Recommended Action Step 1. Explore & Advise districts on options of free, open source and open education resources to replace more expensive options (textbook adoptions, purchased learning content and professional development training and materials) while eliminating resources and tasks that can be made obsolete by technology. (Q1 2019, NDE & ESCUU)

  Recommended Action Step 2.  Coordinate examples of state and local funding models that sustain, upgrade and support digital learning. (Q1 2019, NDE & FRNC)

Using the Future Ready Goals and Action Steps

Each of the FRNC gear groups has written a comprehensive set of goals and provided recommended action steps supporting their goals to help move digital learning and education technology forward in Nebraska. To assist districts and schools in aligning their work to this plan, icons representing common state and national education initiatives were created and then aligned to each goal and action step. The table below gives guidance to each of the icons used and which initiative the icon represents. In many cases, the goals and action steps identified support work on multiple initiatives and each icon is shown to indicate these matches.

This icon indicates that the Goal or action step is tied to an AQuESTT tenet or work that supports an AQuESTT tenet.
This icon indicates that the Goal or action step is tied to ESSA either as a support of the act or because it is tied to available ESSA monies or grant opportunities.
This icon indicates that this Goal or action step is directly linked to a Goal or action step of another Future Ready Gear.
This icon indicates that this Goal or action step is tied to a recommendation that is found within the 2017 National Education Technology plan.
This icon indicates that this Goal or action step supports a goal or advances the work of a Nebraska State Board of Education goal.

Annual Timelines

Budget & Resources 3 Year Timeline
2018
Q1: Jan. – March
Q2: April – June
Q3: July – Sept.
Q4: Oct. – Dec.
BR 1 Prioritize Funding:
AS 1. Prioritization metric tool that considers value of supports and initiatives.
BR 2 Funding Options
AS 1. Create Biennium Budget for Ed Tech Plan
AS 2. ESSA funds aligned to training
AS 3. Project funding evaluative metrics
BR 3 Equitable Investment
AS 1. Revamp district Technology Plan
AS 1. Distribute district Technology Plan
BR 4 Return on Investment
BR 5 Sustainability
Budget & Resources 3 Year Timeline
2019
Q1: Jan. – March
Q2: April – June
Q3: July – Sept.
Q4: Oct. – Dec.
BR 1 Prioritize Funding:
AS 2. Implement Enterprise Arch. Plan to establish baselines and needs
AS 3. Best Practice Benchmarks for Successful implementation
BR 2 Funding Options
AS 4. Identify Current Expenditures for digital tools and resources and publish benchmarks
AS 5. Core set of applications and services
BR 3 Equitable Investment
AS 2. Actionable Data for Priorities & Create funding committee
AS 3. Creation of committee to support coordination of funding resources etc.
BR 4 Return on Investment
AS 1. Coordination of NCE and Industry Strategies
BR 5 Sustainability
AS 1. OER options for replacement and eliminate obsolete resources
AS 2. Examples of funding models for sustaining and supporting digital learning
Budget & Resources 3 Year Timeline
2020
Q1: Jan. – March
Q2: April – June
Q3: July – Sept.
Q4: Oct. – Dec.
BR 1 Prioritize Funding:
AS 4. Update Best Practice Benchmarks
BR 2 Funding Options
AS 1. Create Biennium Budget for Ed Tech Plan
BR 3 Equitable Investment
AS 4. Identify sources of public and private funding to ensure equitable access to digital learning resources.
BR 4 Return on Investment
AS 2. Guide and Model to Calculate LROI
AS 3. Align NE Econ Dev priorities to education resource priorities and purposes
BR 5 Sustainability