CoSN ‘Teaming for Transformation’ Districts Collaborating in Online Community of Practice

172 District Leaders to Visit Mooresville School District and Pave Way to a Digital Transformation
Washington, DC
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Washington, DC (September 26, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced that the association will lead 172 school district leaders from across the country on a site visit to Mooresville Graded School District (Mooresville, NC) to take a firsthand look at the district’s proven success in creating student-centered learning environments. Part of CoSN’s Teaming for Transformation: Leading Digital Conversion for Student Learning initiative, the site visit will take place on October 1 and 2, and participants include members of the Teaming for Transformation network – leaders of 24 K-12 school districts nationwide that are committed to improving student-centered learning.        

“We are extremely excited to be working with CoSN and the teams involved with the Teaming for Transformation initiative,” said Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District. “We look forward to working together to develop and promote sound ideas for advancing digital learning environments for our students.”

During the visit, participants will hear from local district leadership teams and industry leaders and engage with Mooresville students, teachers and leadership staff. The Teaming for Transformation district leaders will also participate in professional development sessions and panel discussions, including the following:

  • Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent Initiative – superintendents will discuss their visions for 21st century learning with a focus on CoSN’s initiative; 
  • “Scaling the Work” – Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, will deliver a presentation on Mooresville’s methods toward “scaling” innovation and the strategies used in transforming a district; and
  • Teaming for Transformation next steps – the team will meet to review next steps toward finalizing its digital conversion strategic plans by Spring 2013.

The Mooresville site visit is just one component of the Teaming for Transformation network’s ongoing collaborative efforts to share lessons learned and develop strategic plans for managing digital conversion in schools. Currently the team is working together through an online community of practice that focuses on the culture of instruction, scaling a digital conversion, aligning financial resources to support digital conversation, creating engaging learning environments and results-oriented professional development. The network’s efforts will culminate with face-to-face meetings at CoSN 2013 in San Diego, CA.

“For two decades CoSN has been building knowledge and a community of technology leaders. This hybrid online and face-to-face community of practice with teams from school districts around the country brings us to the next level as a professional association,” said Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN. “We are thrilled to see the exciting lessons from Mooresville and then facilitate and curate a conversation with other districts ready for a digital transition.” 

Teaming for Transformation is informed by CoSN’s Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent initiative and produced in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators, Mooresville Graded School District, epic-ed and the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University. Sponsorship support is provided by Pearson Education, Follett Library Resources, Discovery Education and Knovation.

To learn more about the network, please visit www.cosn.org/TeamingforTransformation.

 

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.

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