Modern Teacher partners with school districts that strive for innovation - forward-thinking districts who seek to transform their traditional classrooms into more modern learning environments. Our proprietary Digital Convergence Framework provides the national standard for implementing personalized learning at scale to redisign existing infrastucture and support modern learning.
Digital Convergence is a systemic approach to implementing modern learning environments at the district level by considering the convergence of five key components of the education system, as shown in the figure above. This holistic approach allows district leadership to address the source of inefficiencies rather than the symptoms. The Digital Convergence Framework gives leaders a vantage of their entire district's progress like the industry has not yet seen - yielding measurable results and allowing districts to progress in a stepwise fashion across 7 stages.This seven-stage scoring guide provides a national standard for gauging progress toward personalized learning.
The Seven Stages Defined
Digital Convergence: The National Average
The average school district in the United States ranks at a 1.2 for Overall Stage within the Digital Convergence Framework. Stage 1.2 means your district has likely identified the need for change in order to catch up to the accelerated rate of technological advancement, but no plans have been put in place toward achieving this at the district level. Districts will remain at roughly the same stage unless a concerted effort is made to advance the Drivers collectively, starting with leadership. Through Modern Teacher's findings with Network Member Districts, Leadership should precede all others in order to increase organizational alignment overall and implement modern learning at scale.
Advance to Stage 3 in 12-18 months.
Advance past the national average for Digital Convergence and keep pace with some of the most progressive school districts that are empowered and ready to remain at the leading edge of technological advancement. Through partnership with Modern Teacher, these districts at Stage 3 and beyond undergo a cultural shift in the first 12-18 months in order to create the optimal conditions for leveraging today's tools in the classroom.
Cultural Shift to Stage 3
Advancing to Stage 3 is all about defining and developing the instructional proof in the classroom that reflect your Instructional Model components; what are you looking for, what are you listening for? In other words, how would you like to see your unique Instructional Model manifest in the classroom? These queues are going the form the backbone of your Professional Learning.
Cultural Shift to Stage 2
Advancing to Stage 2 is all about establishing the values that your district foresees in the future ideal classroom. The question is not about what comprises your current classroom values, but rather what are the core values that your district leadership wants to see in its future classrooms? These values will become the foundation for your Instructional Model from which you will develop your Modern Curriculum and align your Digital Ecosystem in later stages of the Framework.
What Stage 3 Looks Like Across All Drivers
At stage 3, you have effectively communicated several "Messages from the Top," and engaged all stakeholders to be a part of the digital transformation process through culture conversations and constructing a vision of Modern Learning.
Your district's Instructional Model defines the instructional practices expected to be put into place in each and every classroom through the process of Digital Convergence. The Instructional Model provides entry points in lesson design for all stakeholders and encourages growth in learning and best practices.
Your district has created a blended unit plan to emphasize the needed flexibility in redesigning traditional lessons to meet the needs of modern learners through blended learning and personalization. Using your Instructional Model as a guide, your district has identified unit essential elements regardless of grade level or content area.
Your district has defined its Digital Ecosystem purpose and vision, conducted an inventory of all digital tools and content and organized these into a visual that graphically communicates the primary systems and subsystems to all users. This visual is increasing access and use of their digital content among all stakeholders.
After creating a plan for professional growth, your district has identified coaches of Digital Convergence and launched professional learning related to their Instructional Model and vision of the modern learning environment to all teachers.
How does success in the framework translate to success in the classroom?
Define your district's starting point.
The first step of any change initiative is benchmarking. Find out where you stand now in order to set reasonable expectations and goals for how you would like to grow. This assessment tool will help you identify where you are on the path to Digital Convergence and where you need to go next. Once completed, you will receive customized reporting from a Modern Teacher Team Member to start your school district on its path to Personalized Learning.
Get key insights from the assessment report.
The Digital Convergence Framework Assessment Report creates a snapshot of your district's progress toward modern learning environments. By answering the questions in the assessment, Modern Teacher can measure your district's current work and activity against the critical Success Indicators of Digital Convergence. Success Indicators provide a clear picture of implementation and concrete, actionable next steps.