Draft of Refreshed ISTE NETS for Administrators (02.Jan.2009)
Working Document – Copyright ISTE® 2008 – 2009
1. Inspire Excellence Through Transformational Leadership. Inspire and lead development and
implementation of a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology to transform the
educational enterprise and promote excellence throughout the organization. Educational
a. inspire, articulate, and facilitate among all stakeholders a contemporary, shared vision of
purposeful change that maximizes use of digital-age resources to meet and exceed learning goals,
support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
b. convene stakeholders to contribute to the development of technology-infused strategic plans
aligned to a shared vision.
c. lead purposeful change in the learning environment that maximizes use of digital age tools to
achieve learning goals.
d. advocate on local, state, and national levels for policies, programs, and funding opportunities that
support implementation of technology-infused strategic plans.
2. Establish a Robust Digital Age Learning Culture. Create, advocate for, and sustain an educational
culture that values and rewards a rigorous, relevant digital-age education for all students.
a. ensure instructional innovation focused on continuous improvement of digital-age learning.
b. model and reward the frequent, purposeful, and effective use of technology for learning.
c. provide for learner-centered environments that use technology to meet the individual, diverse
needs of all learners.
d. ensure effective practice in the infusion of technology.
e. promote and participate in local, national, and global learning communities that stimulate
innovation, creativity, and digital-age collaboration.
3. Advance Excellence in Digital Age Professional Practice. Advance and sustain a professional
environment that promotes, supports, and rewards robust, continuous professional growth and
fluency in the infusion of current and emerging technologies. Educational Administrators:
a. ensure ongoing professional growth by allocating time, resources, and access to learning
opportunities related to the effective use of technology for improved learning and teaching.
b. facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, and support
administrators, faculty, and staff in the use of technology for lifelong learning, leadership, and
c. promote and model effective communication and collaboration among colleagues, staff, parents,
students, and the larger community using digital-age tools.
d. increase awareness of educational trends and emerging technologies and their potential uses in
4. Ensure Systemic Transformation of the Educational Enterprise. Provide leadership to manage and
implement strategic plans, monitor progress, and evaluate results to ensure ongoing improvement of
the educational enterprise. Educational Administrators:
a. establish metrics, collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to
improve staff, teacher, and student performance.
b. recruit highly competent personnel who demonstrate proficiency at implementing technology to
advance academic and operational goals.
c. leverage strategic partnerships to support the educational enterprise.
d. establish and maintain a robust infrastructure for technology.
e. implement and use integrated technology-based systems to support management and
5. Model and Advance Digital Citizenship. Model and advance digital citizenship by developing and
implementing policies, acting with integrity, and facilitating understanding of social, ethical and legal
responsibilities by all stakeholders. Educational Administrators:
a. provide equitable digital-age learning and working environments for all students, teachers and
b. ensure access to appropriate digital tools and resources to meet the needs of all learners.
c. advocate for, promote, and model safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and
technology, including respect for copyright and intellectual property.
d. promote and model responsible social interactions related to the use of technology and
e. model and facilitate the development of a shared cultural understanding and global awareness
among all stakeholders using digital-age communication and collaboration tools.