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How can districts increase teacher buy-in for new edtech

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  • Writing for eSchoolNews, Jefferson Education Accelerator CEO Bart Epstein and LEAP Innovations CEO Phyllis Lockett say that districts benefit when teachers have more say when it comes to ed tech selection and purchasing, and the duo offer tips on how to increase buy-in.
  • A Digital Promise report recently found teachers and principals usually don't have a big role in being able to define their needs, and that district administrators typically act as gatekeepers for new tech pilots, services, and platforms.
  • Lockett and Epstein conducted a survey of 100 district leaders, principals, and teachers, finding that 55% believed principals should have the most say in purchasing decisions, while 32% thought "the central office" should. 

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