The Empowered Superintendent

Superintendents can make or break educational technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that their school districts embrace transformative digital learning. CoSN collaborates with superintendents to assess their challenges and increase their capacity to lead technology efforts. We're dedicated to helping superintendents, aspiring superintendents, and district leadership teams build their knowledge, skills, and confidence.

CoSN is grateful to the following sponsors for their support: Amplify, Filewave, JAMF Software, Lenovo, Pearson, Promethean, and Sprint, and for initial support from ENA.


Education technology is a growing part of any superintendent's role. In focus groups and interviews with superintendents nationwide, we heard that ed tech projects inspire a lot of excitement, but also a lot of trepidation. To help empower superintendents in this area, we created an Empowered Superintendent Toolkit. Download the brand-new Version 3.0, released October 2014 in partnership with AASA, the School Superintendents Association, by clicking on the components below!


The Executive Summary will give you an overall introduction to the Empowered Superintendent Toolkit. Learn what's new in version 3.0 and view our skill areas, tools, and action steps at a glance.





Module 1 will help you truly dive in to the Toolkit. Explore the issues more in-depth with a detailed examination of our Five Imperatives for Technology Leadership. Packed with testimonials, case studies, and more, Module 1 will give you a new perspective on the most important things you need to do to lead.




Module 2 will give you the Four Action Steps for Strengthening the Technology Leadership Team. How can you best leverage your team and structure its experience to foster the power of technology in education? 





Additional Components include a Superintendent Self-AssessmentDistrict Leadership Team Assessment, CETL Certification Flyer, CTO Evaluation Rubric, CTO Interview Questions, CTO Job Description, CTO Self-Assessment, and References & Resources.




Superintendents Advisory Panel

Mark Edwards, Co-Chair
Mooresville Graded School District,
Terry Grier, Co-Chair
Houston Independent School District,
Lenny Schad
Chief Information Technology Officer
Houston Independent School District,
Mark Keen
Westfield Washington Schools,
Lillian Kellogg
Vice President, Client Services
Education Networks of America
Patrick Kinlaw
Henrico County Public Schools VA
Keith Krueger
Edward Lee Vargas
Kent School District, WA
Marci Giang
Project Manager
Ann Linson
East Noble School Corporation, IN
Martha Vockley
Principal and Founder
Terry Nichols
Duarte Unified School District, CA
Timothy Baird
Encinitas Union School District, CA
Kamela Patton
Collier County Public Schools, FL
Luvelle Brown
Ithaca City School District, NY
Katrise Perera
Isle of Wight County Schools, VA
Lewis Ferebee
Indianapolis Public Schools, IN
David Schuler
Township High School District 214, IL
Donna Hargens
Jefferson County Public Schools, TX
Andre Spencer
Harrison School District Two, CO
Chris Hon
Poplar Bluff Public Schools, MO
Mike Winstead
Director of Schools
Maryville City Schools, TN


Endorsed by: 

School Superintendents of ALABAMA
COLORADO Association of School Executives
COLORADO Association of Senior School Administrators IDAHO Association of School Administrators
KENTUCKY Association of School Administrators
MICHIGAN Association of School Administrators
MINNESOTA Association of School Administrators
MISSISSIPPI Association of School Administrators
School Administrators of MONTANA
NORTH CAROLINA Association of School Administrators
PENNSYLVANIA Association of School Administrators
TEXAS Association of School Administrators
College of ALBERTA School Superintendents