CTO Forums

CTO Forums

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 best practices and solutions to ed tech challenges. CTO Forum Reports are written after each event and made available to members in our Knowledge CenterThese events are free, but registration is required.

Upcoming CTO Forum

The next CTO Forum will be held at the CoSN Annual Conference, Tuesday, March 17, 2015, from 3-4:30 pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Moving from Vision to Action for a Digital Transformation

School districts across the country are at different stages of their digital transformations. Many have created the vision and strategic plan to integrate technology into their learning environments, but how do we shift the conversation from why to how? According to CoSN’s IT Leadership Survey, the top three challenges for CTOs include 1) budget constraints and lack of resources; 2) relevant training & professional development; and 3) existence of silos in the district that make it difficult to collaborate on technology planning. The CTO Forum will focus on concrete strategies to address these challenges.


The first part of the Forum will showcase a panel of speakers who will share their strategies on breaking down institutional silos, changing the culture for a digital transformation, and acquiring appropriate funds and resources. During the second half of the interactive forum, participants will engage in meaningful conversations with colleagues and share ideas. Group discussions will focus on the “failures,” lessons learned, and strategies to recover from a failed plan to a successful implementation. 


Bring your questions, engage in the conversation, and come away with tips and tools for enabling your digital leap! 


Panelists include: 
  • Chris Hamilton, Coordinator for Staff Development and Technology, Athens City Schools (AL)
  • William Holladay, Superintendent, Athens City Schools (AL)
  • Adam Seldow, Executive Director of Technology, Chesterfield County Public Schools (VA)
  • Thomas Ashley, Chief Technology Officer, Huntington County Community School Corporation (IN)

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Past CTO Forums

If you're a CoSN member, you can access members-only reports summarizing these events in the Online Store.

  • Building a Powerful Team for Blended Learning (2014)
  • Demonstrating Your Value to the Superintendent & the District (2014)
  • The Technology Department Landscape: That was Then, This is Now! (2013)
  • The "Undiscussables" of Technology Leadership: Engaging in Challenging Conversations (2013)
  • Common Core Standards--How Technology Services & Curriculum Can Work Together When We Think Differently (2012) (CTO Forum Report includes a special 20th Anniversary section: "Ready to Walk the Coals? Now is the Time for Audacious Leadership")
  • Prove IT: What Does the Research Say About Technology in Education? (2012)
  • Whose Data Is It Anyway? Public and Private Data in the Age of Sharing. (2011)
  • Serving our Customers: Meeting Today’s Students and Teachers on their Terms (2011)
  • Turning Tech Novices into Building-Level Champions (2010)
  • Leadership and Collaboration for Better Broadband (2010)
  • Kicking the Tires of Education Technology: What are the Obstacles and Promises for Delivering Value in the Here and Now? (2010)
  • Leveraging Banned Technologies to Create Ubiquitous Learning Environments (2009)
  • How 2B A Disruptive Technology Leader (2009)
  • Using Digital Content: The Essential Role of the District Technology Leader (2008)