Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Digital Learning Alliance do?

  2. What is your Mission and Vision Statement?

  3. How do you realistically think you can make a difference?

  4. What is the DLA Legislative Road Map?

  5. Can this Utah model be effective even though Utah has one of the smallest U.S. state populations?

  6. Who started the Utah Model?

  7. What is the Utah legislation model?

  8. What is the Utah governance model?

  9. What is the cost for legislators to participate in DLA?

  10. Who sponsors DLA?

  11. Does this mean you are lobbyists?

  12. How does DLA help state legislators?

  13. What can DLA provide?

  14. How do we become involved with DLA?

What does the Digital Learning Alliance do?

DLA has one mission: to save America, one state at a time. The best way to do this is to have a robust, growing economy and middle class. But to achieve this robust economy requires creating a more skilled workforce. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to improve education and learning outcomes for all students. We can immediately impact education outcomes through the use of digital learning technologies that exponentially help students and teachers. This requires a partnership with state legislators to pass digital learning initiatives and fulfill their constitutional obligation to enhance education.

What is your Mission and Vision Statement?

Our mission:

To improve economic growth across America by advocating for personalized education through the use of digital learning technologies as we empower legislators with the resources to pass new legislation—state by state—integrating technology solutions in pre-K–12, higher education, and adult learning, resulting in the skilled workforce of the future.

Our vision:

All students in America—regardless of their background—deserve an opportunity to get the education and skills they need to enter a good-paying career. We help students of every age by providing state legislators research and legislative templates to solve dozens of educational issues using powerful digital learning technologies, which exponentially multiply the effectiveness of our teachers, enabling our students to achieve their full potential.

How do you realistically think you can make a difference?

We will do it one state at a time. Currently, we have commitments from more than 30 top legislative leaders in over a third of U.S. states and territories to use the proven DLA Legislative Road Map.

What is the DLA Legislative Road Map?

The DLA Legislative Road Map is a comprehensive step-by-step plan to help legislators launch digital learning initiatives based on the successes of Utah.

Can this Utah model be effective even though Utah has one of the smallest U.S. state populations?

Utah has consistently had the top performing economy in the country, the lowest unemployment rate, and a growing Gross State Product (GSP). The state has achieved these amazing results spending the least amount of money per student compared to any other state. Utah’s economy was one of the only states to avoid consequences and actually grow during the great recession and maintains one of the last and rare AAA bond ratings. Companies, especially technology businesses, have moved to Utah because of its highly trained workforce.

In 1990, Utah had the foresight to build a successful economic model with education, infrastructure, research and development, and a skilled workforce. It has continued for over two decades. Today we refer to this success story as the Utah Model.

Who started the Utah Model?

The vision began with Utah legislators under Utah Governor Michael Leavitt, continuing under Governors Walker, Huntsman, and current Governor Gary Herbert.

DLA founders include executives from the Utah Partnership for Education and Economic Development and the education technology industry. Dane Goodfellow, DLA President, and Dick Bradford, DLA Board Member, were members of the early team. The work continues with Utah State Senator Howard Stephenson.

First elected in 1992, Sen. Stephenson advocates for increased use of digital learning tools by students, teachers, and parents. He serves in education leadership positions in the Utah Senate and nationally with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), and Education Commission of the States (ECS).

What does Utah Senator Howard Stephenson say about DLA leadership?

“Dick Bradford and Dane Goodfellow were the key early architects of the Utah model and are passionate about supporting other states in economic development. What they didn’t know then was that they were preparing Utah to be the trend-setter for economic development. I recommend all legislators focused on workforce development and student outcomes take advantage of DLA’s support.”

What is the Utah legislation model?

Our initial legislative outreach has achieved amazing results. The Utah Model, which we will scale nationally, is producing top results in the U.S. for technology and education with the least amount of spending per pupil. We will accomplish this by assisting over 30 top state legislative leaders from across the country, a number that continues to grow. They have told us that they are eager for our assistance and exclusive DLA legislative Road Map to help pass digital learning initiatives.

What is the Utah governance model?

Each bill we assist in drafting and passing has specific requirements for oversight and implementation built directly into the legislation. This is particularly the case on any appropriation and/or RFP bills. DLA will work directly with the governing bodies over the implementation of digital learning to ensure ecumenical deployment and the use of best practices. One of DLA’s missions is to set up a “watch dog” system in every state to ensure that every taxpayer dollar is used effectively and digital learning legislation is advanced.

What is the cost for legislators to participate in DLA?

There is no cost to individual states, state legislators or constituents.

Who sponsors DLA?

DLA is sponsored by a variety of education and technology companies who are interested in educating the public about the benefits of using technology in the classroom. These are companies with a number of student-based solutions, ranging from large national companies like McGraw-Hill Education and Follett, to reading and math software companies like the Waterford Institute and Imagine Learning, and 1:1 student hardware and mobile device companies like iSchool. We are pursuing those with college and workforce alignment, data development, and professional development initiatives. Also, foundations, private donors, and public grants will be sought to complete our mission.

Does this mean you are lobbyists?

No. We provide education, research, and industry insight into the process of improving student outcomes through digital learning technologies.

How does DLA help state legislators?

DLA assists state legislators and their staff with research, policy, staff work, bill templates, RFP models, oversight and governance models, best practices for passing legislation, and obstacles to avoid.

What can DLA provide?

We provide a legislative outreach liaison team, a website with policy and video recommendations, a research and policy team, and consultation with legislators nationwide that have successfully passed digital learning bills.

How do we become involved with DLA?

It all starts by contacting us. We look forward to hearing from you.