Leadership

School system leaders need guidance to advance their technology goals—and overcome both the unexpected and expected challenges. That is why CoSN developed a new resource to support their efforts in the 21st century. The Digital Leap Success Matrix outlines the practices needed to be a successful digital school system.
 
The Matrix is aligned to CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO, focuses on three key professional categories: Leadership and Vision; Educational Environment; and Managing Technology and Business moving beyond the individual leader and identifying and promoting the fundamental requirements for the school system to create next-generation learning environments that foster equitable, effective use of technology. 

"Predicting" the Future of EdTech

As 2018 starts, I get lots of questions about what are the “most important” technologies and trends that will impact learning.  As head of the Consortium for School Networking, CoSN, it makes sense that our leaders and the media want to know where to focus their attention and budgets to have the most impact. Unfortunately, “predicting” technology is fraught with problems, and accuracy is at the top of the list. This is the moment to bring out spectacularly wrong predictions from brilliant persons:

Improving Your Chances as a School CTO Candidate (Part 1)

The 2018-2019 school CTO hiring season is upon us. Until recently, next year’s jobs often didn’t post until spring. Now, greater expectations of the CTO role and competition for candidates have triggered earlier and longer hiring processes. This is good news for selective and experienced candidates.
 
But the flip side is that applicants are under greater scrutiny. Traditional hardware and software administration experience, though still relevant, are sometimes secondary to broader leadership skills.
 

School Infrastructure Report: Strong Gains in Broadband Connectivity, But Challenges Persist

Majority of school districts today (85 percent) fully meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) short-term goal for broadband connectivity of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students. However, recurring costs remain the most significant barrier for schools in their efforts to increase connectivity, CoSN revealed today in its 2017 Annual Infrastructure Survey Report.
 

Personalized Learning with Micro-credentials

CoSN supports edtech leaders who are dedicated to continued growth in their capacity to improve students’ learning with innovative, digital environments. We work to improve the human capacity of school systems by providing robust, thoughtful, and relevant professional advancement opportunities. This range from face-to-face events such as the Annual Conference to online courses to CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL®) program.

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