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 Forums


Building a Powerful Team for Blended Learning

When: Monday, June 30, 2014, 2:30-4:30
Location: Grand Ballroom D1, Omni CNN Center Hotel, Atlanta, GA (during ISTE Annual Conference)

Many believe that blended learning is perhaps the most significant opportunity for transforming learning in schools. Blended learning offers the potential for personalization and the opportunity to leverage virtual learning with face-to-face support and collaboration. Yet too often, silos in our districts can keep us from making this digital leap and fully realizing the potential for blended learning. This highly interactive forum will explore the roles of the district technology leader (CTO/CIO), the chief academic officer (CAO) and the superintendent in enabling blended learning. Hear from a panel of key district leaders who are breaking down the silos and working to realize the power of this innovation. Bring your questions, engage in the conversation and come away with tips and tools for building a powerful team.

Moderator: Greg DeYoung, CIO, Blue Valley Schools, Overland Park, KS


Marisa Burkhart, Director of Educational Technology, Huntley, IL
Dr. John Burkey, Superintendent, District 158, Huntley, IL
Brian Tuomy, Blended Learning Teacher, Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto, CA
Jeremy Shorr, Director of Technology, Mentor Public Schools, Mentor, OH


Past CTO Forums

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

  • Demonstrating Your Value to the Superintendent & the District (report coming soon)

    Thursday, March 20, 2014 (at the CoSN Annual Conference in Washington, DC)

    Designed for district technology leaders, this event demonstrated how CTO/CIOs can show value to their superintendents, boards of education, and other district leaders. Attendees heard directly from superintendents about their expectations and how they can work to get a seat at the cabinet table; everyone left with tips for working with peers and strategies on how to be a key partner to their colleagues.

  • 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)