The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) is a department within the Division of Instruction that supports all schools interested in 21st century instructional practices. The department's main focus is in providing professional learning opportunities founded on instructional frameworks that leverage technology in purposeful, personalized ways, such as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards. As a result of ITl's task force work, the ISTE Standards for Students, were formally adopted by the District in June 2016, making L.A. Unified the first school district in the nation to do so. Key efforts supported by ITI include digital citizenship, computer science, and the dissemination and integration of the ISTE Standards for Students.
To meet the needs of all schools, ITI establishes external partnerships and coordinates with departments throughout the District such as the Information Technology Division (ITD), Procurement Services Division, Parent and Community Services, Early Childhood Education Division and Integrated Library and Textbook Support Services. Schools that typically engage with ITI are the Board-approved 1:1 schools, Education Technology Grant schools, and schools demonstrating a desire to leverage their available technology in instructionally sound ways. Thus, being a 1:1 school is not required to engage with ITI. The ISTE Standards for Students focus on attitudes and dispositions that facilitate teaching and learning in the digital age, which aligns to ITl's mission to serve all schools regardless of device ratio or type.