The one path to economic success in your state.

There is Only ONE Path to Economic Success in Your State

Economic vitality comes from jobs filled by a skilled workforce. A skilled workforce comes through proven digital learning in your schools.

Key figures in Utah’s 20-plus-year digital learning success.

The proof that there is a connection between economic success and digital learning comes from the Utah Model. In 2013, Utah achieved a 67% success rate on passing digital education initiatives, all because of established process.

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

DLA Founders include executives from the Utah Partnership for Education and Economic Development and private industry.

 

Commitments from Several States

DLA has already received commitments from over three dozen state legislators in 17 states and U.S. territories including:

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  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • Nevada
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Contact us so we add you to this growing list.

Dozens of Issues Solved

We’re ready to help you dig into the issues in public education, higher education, and workforce development, spanning every level of education.

Education issues solved through digital learning tools.
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More than two dozen issues are addressed by DLA. When you fix these issues, you fix your workforce. When you fix your workforce and your state’s economy, you’re a hero.

But there is only one way to fix these issues: digital learning and technology.

Digital Learning Achievement Focus

Digital learning spans a multitude of areas. With a comprehensive plan that covers all of these diverse technology areas including:

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  • Student information systems
  • Special education
  • Resource management
  • Digital discovery and delivery
  • Content
  • Learning analytics
  • Personalized learning
  • Learning platform
  • Consultative and implementation services
  • Systems connectivity

 

The 7-step legislative roadmap to individualized education

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DLA’s comprehensive roadmap provides you resources and a reiterative process of improvement and refinement for you to successfully identify issues, craft and gain support for legislation, develop rigorous Requests for Proposals (RFPs), and publicize your successes. Then, we evaluate the process and help you plan for the next legislative session.

1. Partner with DLA

  • We connect with legislators, explore current key issues, and review past successes
  • Use our network of contacts to introduce DLA to you and related advocacy organizations
  • Use legislative conferences, past legislation, and state issue driven media help legislators be prepared to pass effective legislation
  • We build relationships with key legislative staff and supportive education organizations 

2. Custom Legislation Roadmap

  • Share with legislators our Roadmap and Support Plan
  • Outline unique services for each legislator: conference calls, research, expert testimonials, outreach to other legislators, etc.
  • Identify special circumstance in the respective states education and legislative system

3. Educate on Issues and Successful Policies

  • Identify Legislator’s key digital learning education issue and assure sustained DLA assistance
  • Assist in selection of education issues within the specific state to focus on
  • Introduce and educate legislators on digital learning solutions
  • Invitation to Participate in DLA initiatives

4. Recruit Sponsors and Initiative Legislation

  • Identify chief sponsors and co-sponsors
  • Provide model examples of past legislation
  • Experienced involvement in bill writing process
  • Build and strengthen a resilient coalition to pass digital legislation
  • Recommend governance, transparency, and accountability models

5. Legislation Management and Tracking

  • Develop legislative strategy and tactics with help of DLA partners and experts
  • Understand the tactics of the opposition
  • Build a coalition around the bill
  • Real-time updates though automated system
  • Lobby the Governor’s office and other’s over state appropriations

6. Implementation Oversight and Transparency

  • Ensure proper oversight, accountability, and deployment of legislation for taxpayers
  • Track and monitor how money is invested and programs used
  • Identify important partners in education to assist with oversight 
  • Establish “watch dogs” in each state where initiatives are passed 
  • Identify areas for improvement and long term oversight that is needed

7. Expand Success Based on Outcomes and ROI

  • Publicize the victory and the legislator’s success
  • Gain additional support after passage and funding 
  • Review successes and opportunities, plan for next legislative session
  • Encourage other state legislatures to adopt similar initiatives in their next legislative session

 

Why are we qualified to help you?

The DLA process is based on the successful Utah model that began in 1990, and has led to dozens of #1 ranking in economic and education standings over the past 23 years.

Utah passed 67% of digital learning legislation in 2013, compared to 22% nationally. And DLA is positioned to help you by providing research, successful bill templates, model RFP’s, and policy advice.

  • DLA has the most comprehensive knowledge of emerging education technology through our strategic partnerships and association members. With this clearinghouse of knowledge, we help lead your state to better education outcomes with the most ROI for your state budget.
  • Legislators who use the formal DLA roadmap get support on the most important education issues in their respective states with concise explanations, analyses, and prioritizations of key education and workforce issues. This saves legislators’ valuable time as you work to draft and sponsor legislation. 
  • DLA gives you the Cliff’s Notes version and Angie’s list of fast-changing technology that can be made available to the key stakeholders: students, educators, and employers.
  • DLA research exposes state education and economic rankings on issues that are of importance to your constituents. It is essential to prioritize what education initiatives will contributed to your state’s current economic growth.
  • DLA informs legislators of new, emerging opportunities to most effectively include digital learning in education and workforce development, and spells out the ROI to states after redirecting education investments.
  • Legislators are assisted in choosing, by issue topic, which legislation is most important to introduce. DLA then helps legislators identify the best digital learning solutions to solve your issue.
  • Built on the 20-plus-year success of the Utah Model, legislation assisted based on a “scarcity and competition” among schools. With a limited number of technology licenses, and an open RFP competition process among vendors, all parties take ownership and deploy the new educational learning tools at an optimum level.
  • DLA establishes third party assessments of products to monitor student outcomes. This includes managing and crafting RFPs with statewide departments who are tasked with creating RFPs and implementing new systems. Legislation should identify a team overseeing governance and accountability, with STEM and technology driven company CEO’s, State Economic Development leaders, and legislators. This governance model will include oversight on how funds are used and allocated, the RFP process, implementation, accountability, assessment, and transparency. Measurements for education outcomes include graduate employment that is aligned with employer workforce needs.

 

Our Legislative Goals

In 2013, a mere 22% of digital legislation bills were passed (compared to 67% passed through the Utah Model).

DLA 2014 Legislative Goals:

Increase Legislation:

  • Support 50 Key State Legislators  
  • 100 New Bills (Total in 2012 was 700)
  • $2 Billion requested
  • $20 Million average per bill

Increase the Success Rate

  • 40% (22% in 2012)
  • 40 Bills passed

DLA goals for number of digital learning goals introduced and passed across the U.S.
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