The role of the CTO in school districts is evolving into one of the most important leadership positions in education, yet many who currently fill that job lack the skills and background to make the
CTO Leadership Forums are held twice a year (at CoSN's and ISTE's Annual Conferences) and provide opportunities for district-level technology directors to share information with their peers and keep up-to-date on the best practices and solutions to ed tech challenges. CTO Forum Reports are written after each event and made available to members in our Knowledge Center.These events are free, but registration is required.
June 2016: Assessing if Your School System is Ready to Make a Digital Leap
Technology has been in schools since long before the turn of the century. However, creating conditions that will ensure successful technology implementation is still a challenge for districts. To help school district leaders create operational readiness for a high-functioning 21st century digital environment, CoSN developed a guide—the Framework for School System Technology Success. Developed by a team of district technology leaders, it is a free resource for schools to support their digital transition. The Framework for School System Technology Success addresses the entire school ecosystem and is parallel to the Framework of Essential Skills, a guide for the individual CTO.
April 2016: Building on the Past to Invent the Future
25 years ago we connected to the internet by modem and PPP and witnessed the birth of Linux. Today, technology leaders are leading the transformation in education as mobile devices provide students access anytime and anywhere. The challenge to CTOs is not only to lead the digital leap from a technology point of view, but also to align human and technology resources to anticipate and support future needs. CTOs play a pivotal role in inventing the future. The CTO forum will answer questions such as: What lessons can we learn by reflecting our past, and how can CTOs' "look beyond the horizon" help our organizations to invent the future for students and staff learning. The forum will explore answers through a rich, interactive panel discussion and with breakout table discussions with colleagues.
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