Last Friday, I participated in a #GoogleEI Twitter chat hosted by Google for Education. During the chat, Google Certified Innovators shared visions for our organizations and then named challenges that stood between us and our visions coming to fruition. Many participants shared vision of increasing technology use by students and teachers and cited funding and administrative support as challenges. Current and future business architecture can help these leaders and others implement their visions.
In California, schools receive funding based on the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) which enables educators, parents, and community members to create a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which includes school goals, strategies to be taken to achieve the goals, and funding allocation to support the goals. This eliminated the previous practice of categorical funding of educational technology. Since funding is no longer set aside for technology, it can be easier for the LCFF funds to be spent in other areas--especially in districts with weak technology business architecture. According to the Education Enterprise Architecture Guidebook, “Documentation of Business Architecture provides a valuable tool for illustrating and communicating the business of the agency to all stakeholders” (2014). This tool is especially important for education technology leaders to consider because many stakeholders--including some educators and administrators--do not yet understand the role and value of technology in our schools. A well-crafted enterprise architecture plan would be able to clearly articulate how technology can be used to support many, or all, of a district’s LCAP goals. Presenting a business architecture plan to LCAP decision-makers would empower them to recognize the importance of allocating LCFF funds to support technology.
In conclusion, in order to successfully implement visions of increasing technology in California schools, educators should use business architecture to clearly communicate their ideas with the educators, parents, and community members who control LCFF funds.
Education Enterprise Architecture Guidebook. (2014, March). Retrieved February 7, 2016, from http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/implementation-support-unit/tech-assist/education-architecture-guidebook.pdf