Focus Areas

CoSN helps education technology leaders address the key challenges they face as they transition to digitally enabled learning environments. Support, resources, and tools are provided for school district administrators, educators, and educational organizations to leverage the power of technology to improve student learning. CoSN offers assistance and expertise in three critical areas of educational technology: Leadership and Vision, Instructional Focus, and IT Management. These focus areas help districts undertake comprehensive digital transformations.

As technology becomes ubiquitous in students’ lives, the role of school district leaders has become more important than ever. Technology leaders, more commonly known as Chief Technology Officers (CTOs), must have the necessary knowledge and skills to define the vision for and successfully build learning environments in their school district. To help CTOs attain that knowledge, CoSN created the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)TM Certification Program for K-12 education technology leaders.

The Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO

CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)TM program is based on the Framework of Essential Skills – a body of knowledge that defines the skill areas critical to today’s educational technology leaders. The Framework focuses on:

  • Leadership and Vision
  • Understanding the Educational Environment
  • Managing Technology and Support Resources

Under each of these areas, the Framework further identifies specific responsibilities and the knowledge needed to perform these responsibilities in order to be a successful CTO in today’s educational environment. Each of these categories includes 10 specific skill areas, outlining the responsibilities and knowledge needed to be a viable educational technology leader.

Leadership and Vision

In any technology implementation, leadership and vision are critical prerequisites. These skills improve the capacity of district administrators to implement policies and practices to enable innovative learning environments for their schools. Explore these topics to develop and refine your skills in leadership and vision:

  • Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent
  • Global Leadership
  • Horizon Report
  • Online Communities of Practice
  • Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning

Instructional Focus

CoSN works to improve student outcomes at the classroom level by leveraging technology to improve instructional strategies.  Explore these topics to improve your instruction and classroom learning skills:

  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Leadership for Mobile Learning
  • Participatory Learning in Schools: Policy & Leadership

IT Management

Many school districts around the country are undergoing digital conversions to enable the use of technology in classroom learning. School district leaders face a number of technical challenges associated with large-scale technology implementations, from cyber security and broadband capacity to fiscal restraints. Explore these topics to address specific technical issues:

  • Becoming Assessment Ready
  • IT Leadership Survey
  • SEND (Smart Education Networks by Design)
  • SmartIT