CTO Forums

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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.

The Forum at the CoSN 2017 Annual Conference is for CoSN members only.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Beyond the Horizon

The world in which we live and learn continues to change rapidly.  Artificial intelligence, robots, self-driving automobiles, and virtual reality are examples of technology changes on the horizon. These technologies will have wide-reaching impact on the ways students learn and the competencies they need to succeed.  The CTO Forum will explore this issue and seek answers to key questions  such as:

How will technology changes and advances impact teaching and learning?
What are the essential skills that technology leaders need to enable a culture of innovation and digital transformation?
How do we build our own leadership capacities while preparing the next generation of CTOs?  

Join your colleagues for an  interactive, solutions-oriented session addressing these issues. 

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Past CTO Forums

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.

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

download CTO FORUM reports

  • Assessing if Your School System is Ready to Make a Digital Leap (2016)
  • Building on the Past to Invent the Future (2016)
  • Making the Digital Leap: What Must Happen in the District (2015)
  • Moving from Vision to Action for a Digital Transformation (2015)
  • Building a Powerful Team for Blended Learning (2014)
  • Demonstrating Your Value to the Superintendent and 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 StandardsHow Technology Services and 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)