Core Requirement No. 1
The plan must establish clear goals and a realistic strategy for using telecommunications
and information technology to improve education or library services.
The first requirement is the broadest and must set, in part, a framework for the four other more targeted requirements. One recommendation to meeting this requirement is to start with a general mission or vision statement. Several ideas for a school’s mission statement are included in Appendix 2.
Examples of specific school goals and implementing strategies are provided in Appendix 3. Although the ideas and examples shown in these two appendices are school-related, most should be easily adapted for library plans.
Note that this strategic requirement refers to telecommunications services, not just information technology services. More broadly, technology plans approved for E-rate purposes should cover all services included in an applicant’s E-rate application.