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CoSN helps education technology leaders address key challenges in the transition to a digitally enabled learning environment. 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 create a comprehensive digital transformation of learning environments.
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. Therefore, CoSN created the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL)TM Certification Program for K-12 education technology leaders.
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:
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.
In any technology implementation, the critical need for leadership and vision is the first step in achieving successful results. These skills improve the leadership capacity of district administrators in implementing 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
• Small Schools Technology Leadership
• Large School Systems Technology Leadership
• Global Leadership
• Online Communities of Practice
CoSN works to improve student outcomes with innovative learning environments by leveraging technology to improve instructional strategies in the classroom. Explore these topics to improve your instruction and classroom learning skills:
• Data-driven Decision Making
• Participatory Learning in Schools: Policy & Leadership
• Leadership for Mobile Learning
Many school districts around the country are undergoing a digital conversion to enable the use of technology in classroom learning. School district leaders face a number of technical challenges associated with large-scale technology implementations such, as cyber-security and broadband capacity, as well as fiscal implications. Explore these topics to address specific technical issues:
• Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND)