The proven 7-step DLA Legislative Road Map
We created this 7-Step Road Map to help legislators from coast-to-coast turn around their state economy. Here is how it works:
1. Partner with DLA
Build Relationships with Passionate Legislators:
DLA will connect you to key legislators and staff who have a passion for digital learning technology.
Use Legislative Conferences to Recruit Legislators:
NCSL (Atlanta and Austin), ALEC (Chicago), CSG (West), Digital Technology Conference (Kansas City), Digital Learning Now! (Boston)
Utilize our Network of Policy Organizations:
Working as a coalition with other related advocacy and nonprofit organizations to develop the best policy and research.
2. Custom Legislation Road Map
Work with Bi-Partisan Support:
DLA works with both parties to educate legislators about the important research, statistics, and data about particular educational issues.
Outline Unique Services for Each Legislator:
conference calls, online meetings, outreach to other legislators, technology solutions, white papers, and research.
Coordinate Product Demonstrations:
Schedule dates and time to showcase solutions that can solve a state’s education issues.
3. Educate on Issues and Successful Policies
Inform About Digital Learning Solutions:
Share data, research, policy frameworks, product information and previous bill templates from other legislatures.
Recognize Legislators Key Issues:
Identify key education issues and support these with DLA assistance.
Notify Supportive Legislators:
Introduce legislators to their colleagues who have successfully passed similar legislation nationwide to discuss legislative strategy.
4. Recruit Sponsors and Initiate Legislation
Provide Model Legislation:
Use policy collaboration and bill templates from other states.
Expert testimony, access to consultation with Senator Stephenson, and collaboration with sales and lobbying forces to present the solution.
Build a Coalition for the Bill:
Develop legislative strategy and tactics with help of DLA partners and experts.
Write the Bill: Submit the bill to legislative counsel to draft.
5. Legislation Management and Tracking
Prepare for Committee Hearings:
Prepare legislators with the necessary facts and details to present their bill to committee colleagues effectively.
Track the Legislation:
Using the sophisticated state level tracking software program, TrakBill.
Real Time Updates:
TrakBill will notify DLA in real time when any action has occurred with the bill in committees or on floor votes.
Win with Speed:
This will allow us to have a time advantage in order to successfully strategize and implement necessary actions to modify a bill in progress.
6. Implemention, Oversight, and Transparency
Fair RFP Model:
A fair RFP model that allows for competition among the best products and school choice for the products they want.
Ensure a proper oversight, accountability system, and implementation of legislation.
Schools and teachers who choose to deploy a solution with fidelity build a strong reputation for the program and allow it to gain traction across the state or nation.
Assessment and Outcomes:
Piloting and statewide programs will be transparent in nature and the outcomes assessed by independent 3rd party evaluators to show ROI to legislators for future on-going funding.
7. Expand Success Based on Outcomes and ROI (Return on Investment)
Monitor the Release of the RFP:
Utilize RFP Tracking Software in order to receive ongoing updates of RFI/RFPs across the country to bid on and win.
Connect with Districts and Schools:
RFP Tracking software will help connect each school who is bidding on statewide initiatives to companies learn more about the solutions.
Publicize the Victory:
Using traditional and social media to build support and positive PR about a pilot or statewide program implementation.
Plan for Next Legislative Session:
Review success and opportunities to gain additional support and funding for next year.